Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is known as the primary headquarters of the European Union and a major political and cultural hub. Aside from being a business hotspot, it is famous for its art of chocolate making, a stunning blend of architectural styles, and its multiculturalism with French, Dutch, and German being the official languages. Its architecture combines Gothic, Baroque, and Louis XIV styles with postmodern influences used in buildings of some EU institutions. Here, you can also find upscale hotels, luxury shopping malls, and private tours around the city for an opulent journey.
Speaking of the city’s culinary scene, Brussels boasts 24 Michelin-starred restaurants offering delectable dishes from French, Belgian, and Asian cuisine. To make your choice easier, we have prepared a list of fine-dining establishments where you can get an unforgettable gourmet experience – be sure to book a table in advance!
Originating from the Latin verb venari, meaning “to hunt,” the term was originally applied to different game meats including deer, rabbits, goats and pigs, but in recent centuries has narrowed down almost exclusively to deer. In terms of taste and texture, venison is quite similar to beef, but with some subtle differences: while beef is generally fattier and more succulent, venison has a richer, earthier taste because of the deer’s wilder diet of acorns, sage and herbs. Like beef, venison can be categorised into several cuts and categories, including roast, sirloin, tenderloin and ribs. It can also be ground or cured to make venison sausages, burgers and jerky.
Founded in 1926, Comme chez Soi (translated as “just like home”) is one of the most renowned restaurants on Brussels’ culinary scene. It currently boasts one Michelin star, after losing its two-star status in 2022. Ran by four generations of chefs, the restaurant managed to maintain culinary traditions and heritage and enrich them with modern influences. The current chef, Lionel Rigolet, bases his cooking on seasonal products, extracting their best taste in preparation and adding spicy touches. A famous French restaurant guide, Gault Millau, named him the Belgian Chef of the Year in 2007.
Comme chez Soi is located in an art nouveau house at Place Rouppe. Its interior is also Horta-inspired with exceptional use of stone, glass, and steel elements. Here, you can taste both the classic dishes of French and Belgium cuisine or modern ones, surprising you with a taste palette. Every dish impresses guests with flavor and presentation – taste wild shrimps, duck liver with juniper and rice, noisettes of venison, salad of North Sea lobster with black truffles, and a clementine tart or parfait for dessert. The service here is also exceptional, which helps create an excellent fine-dining experience.
5-course menu: 165 €
Lunch menu: 80 €
A luxury dish made of a duck or goose liver. It is a real delicacy with rich, buttery and delicate taste. It is part of France heritage by the country law.
Le Chalet de la Foret restaurant is located on the edge of the Sonian Forest, and boasts two Michelin stars. The chef, Pascal Devalkeneer, took over this place in 1999. He had the ambition to create a major gourmet destination, a one-of-a-kind meeting place where every guest could feel at home while enjoying the exquisite dining experience.
The chef draws inspiration from both traditional and avant-garde cuisine concepts, carefully selecting the raw ingredients and presenting them in a sophisticated and elegant way. Aside from exceptional dishes, this place has an excellent location. You can enjoy the great cottage garden views and the fragrance of herbs on the cozy terrace, or make yourself comfortable inside at one of the big tables with white tablecloths and in the bourgeois elegant interior.
Le Chalet de la Foret is your top venue for trying perfectly balanced French haute cuisine in Brussels. Savor flame-cooked mackerel offered with lightly smoked dashi, grilled Breton scallops, foie gras, Brittany crab, or opt for a set menu. A knowledgeable sommelier will offer a wine pairing from French vineyards. This place has an upscale yet friendly ambiance where every guest feels welcomed, and the location away from the city bustle helps you enjoy the masterpieces from the chef to their fullest.
Lunch menu: 90 €
Five-course menu: 215 €
Among all of the Michelin-starred restaurants listed, this eatery has the longest history. Having started in 1892 as a brasserie where the local butchers stopped by to have dinner after the working day, it has transformed into a fine-dining establishment worth two Michelin stars. Chef David Martin took over La Paix in 2004, and the restaurant achieved two-star status under his guidance. He is known for his experimental approach, integrating Japanese techniques with locally sourced European products.
Gourmet offerings combine the traditions of French, Belgian, and Japanese cuisines can astonish even demanding diners. In 2019, David Martin was named Chef of the Year by Gault & Millau restaurant guide. Located in a neo-classical building, it combines the features of a Belgian brasserie it originated from and an upscale restaurant with an open kitchen. Its elegant décor includes the artworks of Charles Kaisin and Kasper Hamacher and has influences of Japanese minimalism with white walls and origami birds hanging from the ceiling.
You can taste truly multicultural dishes from the chef right after exploring the Manneken Pis and Brussels City Museum. Indulge yourself with a tender crab bisque, smoked mussels in hay, squid marble, tuna akami, or pigeon royal. This restaurant is a perfect place to try innovative dishes and enjoy unparalleled service.
Menu Jeannine: 145 €
Menu Roland: 275 €
La Truffe Noire (translated as “the black truffle”) restaurant has opened in 1988, and its entire culinary philosophy is focused on one main ingredient – truffle. Truffles are underground mushrooms with a recognizable earthy and musky flavor that are extensively used in haute cuisine. In this restaurant, black and white truffles are added to most dishes to enhance classical recipes and give each meal an intense flavor and delectable aftertaste.
Chef Erik Lindelauf and his team see truffles as the real diamonds of the culinary world. He creates original inventive dishes and shares his passion with all truffle lovers in this cozy restaurant. The upscale elegance of this place is reflected in the interior that incorporates carpets, wood panels, velvet chairs, and other luxurious elements – book a table in the Venetian or Tuscan dining room. La Truffe Noire overlooks The Gardens of La Cambre Abbey and some other notable sights, but it is worth a special tour.
Among the specialties you can treat yourself to are Guinea fowl supreme stuffed with black truffle, amuse bouche, ravioli with truffles, scallops, and raw truffles plus suggested wines. Complete your meal with pear with chocolate or warm roasted hazelnut soufflé. The restaurant’s chef focuses on preserving the original taste of products and maintaining the harmony of colors and presentation in every dish, so you can count on an upscale, refined dining experience here.
Five-course Diamond menu: 150 €
Three-course weekly menu: 50 €
Burrata is Italian cheese that is an excellent combination of mozzarella and cream. Its name comes from the word "burro", which means butter. Each ball is a mozzarella bag stuffed with some fillings.
La Villa in the Sky restaurant will take your breath away the moment you enter it, as it is located on top of the IT tower, 120 meters above the ground. This place offers one of the most spectacular panoramic views of Brussels that give the restaurant a romantic ambiance at night. Your first impression will get even stronger once you try delectable dishes from Chef Alexandre Dionisio that secured this restaurant one Michelin star. One of the most famous chefs in the Brussels culinary scene, Alexandre Dionisio uses a classic cooking style with a Spanish-influenced twist. He also incorporates Asian influences and develops his creativity, so that his dishes constantly evolve.
Designed in line with the modern IT tower made of glass, the restaurant has three panoramic windows, and its interior gives you an impression of minimalist luxury. An open kitchen lets you appreciate the perfectionism and precision with which the chef prepares his balanced dishes using premium quality ingredients.
Book your dinner up in the clouds in advance, as this place is popular among locals and visitors alike. Here, you can enjoy meals from an a la carte or a set menu, including langoustine Guilvenec, Rubia Gallega beef fillet, burrata, and a variety of seafood, paired with excellent wines. Parfait, meringues, and other desserts on the menu are delightful and have a perfect taste balance. La Villa in the Sky offers a great haute cuisine experience in every aspect.
Business lunch: 95 €
7-course menu: 220 €
Although Brussels might not be your first idea if you plan a gastro tour to Michelin-starred restaurants, this city definitely offers unique fine-dining establishments worthy of your attention. Shop for handmade Belgian chocolates and cheese in the famous Marché du Midi market, take a tour to the home of art nouveau Belgian architect, Victor Horta, or plan a walking trip around the city center to see The Grand Place, The Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert, and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral.
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