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Michelin Bib Gourmand: 7 best restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

Michelin Bib Gourmand: 7 best restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

by Anne Shirley 9 months ago
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  • 1. Les Petits Oignons
  • 2. Maison du Luxembourg
  • 3. Brasserie de l'Expo
  • 4. JB
  • 5. Le Selecto
  • 6. Strofilia
  • 7. Brasserie de la Patinoire
  • P. S.
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Brussels is a city that grew from a small rural settlement on the River Senne to become an important metropolitan region in Europe. It is the capital of Belgium and its economic center housing the headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Some of its principal attractions you can visit are the historic Grand Palace, Grote Markt (main square), Atomium, Manneken-Pis, and cultural institutions, such as La Monnaie De Munt, and the Museum of Art and History. Most of the main sights are located in the historic center of the city and can be easily reached on foot.

Brussels is a dynamic and diverse city with many different cultures and languages that are spoken in every street corner. It has a very village-like community spirit. If you are a food lover like us, then Brussels is the place for you. Known as the gourmet capital of the country, it boasts a vibrant culinary scene that caters to all tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking for a Michelin-starred fine-dining experience or a cozy local budget-friendly Bib Gourmand eatery, you will find something to satisfy your cravings in this gastronomic paradise.

1. Les Petits Oignons
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Les Petits Oignons
#81 of 4430 restaurants in Brussels, Belgium
Rue de la Régence 25, Brussels, Belgium
Closes soon: 2:30PMReopens 6:30PM
Croquettes
Croquettes

Croquettes, especially stuffed with jamon, are often served at tapas bars. The dough is mainly made with stuffing (jamon, ham, seafood) and with the béchamel sauce.

Located in the heart of Brussels, between Sablon and Palais de Justice, Les Petits Oignons is a French brasserie restaurant with a warm and inviting setting. Opened in 1986, it was the brainchild of Khaled and Frieda Zoughlami and is now managed by their daughter, Rym. Nestled in an old building, it possesses a timeless decor made with a touch of modern elements like redwood paneled flooring, hanging elegant light fixtures, warehouse-type windows, and vintage café-style black chairs. Jazz music playing in the background adds a major scale to an overall lively atmosphere.

Les Petits Oignons, meaning little onions, offers its guests a bountiful French-inspired menu combined with Belgian and Mediterranean influences. Expect to find gourmet dishes like gray shrimp croquettes, free range chicken vol-au-vent, veal sweetbread, spiced duck foie gras terrine with red onion-ginger compote, and steak tartare with brioche bread. In desserts, indulge yourself in sweet treats like pineapple carpaccio with coconut milk ice cream, Brussels waffles with bitter chocolate, and lemon meringue tart, making you forget about counting calories and just enjoy life.

Set Menu Regence – €67
Set Menu Bib Gourmand – €42.50

2. Maison du Luxembourg
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Maison du Luxembourg
#482 of 4430 restaurants in Brussels, Belgium
Rue du Luxembourg 37, Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
Closes soon: 2:30PM
Ribeye
Ribeye

The ribeye is one of the most well-known types of steaks around the globe. Ribeye steaks are taken from the upper rib cage area, particularly near the neck part, which is lightly worked and has excellent fat marbling running through the meat. When cooked, the fat marbling melts and renders into the steak, which gives extra beefy flavor and a juicy, moist, and tender texture.

Maison du Luxembourg is a contemporary fine-dining establishment that specializes in the best of regional fare. Situated in the heart of the European district, it offers bistro cuisine that stands out for its panache and dynamism. The atmosphere is lavish and upscale, complete with design elements, such as European-style navy blue window sills, light gray sofa chairs with soft furnishings, diffused ambient lighting, wood-paneled floorings, and two modern circular hanging dome chandeliers.

The kitchen is run under the guidance of Chef Philipe Lecomte, who creates a menu of hearty Luxembourg cuisine with ingredients from the Wallonia region to suit the palate of local and international patrons. Besides the main à la carte specialties, guests can also opt for a three-course fixed-choice menu, as well as a selection of other seasonal dishes, which may change depending on market availability. We recommend trying flavorful items like scallops carpaccio with walnut pesto, marinated Iberian pork with soybean, sea bream ceviche with lime coriander, and beef ribeye with shallots in red wine butter. Pair your meal with a glass of full-bodied red or crisp, zesty white from their impressive collection that features only quality vintages approved by winegrowers who are passionate about their terroirs.

Lunch menu – €38
Chef’s menu – €45

3. Brasserie de l'Expo
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Brasserie de l'Expo
#110 of 382 seafood restaurants in Brussels, Belgium
Av. Houba de Strooper 188, Brussels, Belgium
Closes soon: 2:30PMReopens 6PM
Oysters
Oysters

Oysters are one of the most delicious seafood dishes. Oysters can be cooked in a variety of ways. They may be smoked, boiled, steamed, pan fried, grilled, or baked. The unique flavor of an oyster, which may be salty, sweet, buttery, copper, briny, or melon, heavily depends on where it was caught.

If you are looking for a flamboyant place with bow tie service and a lavish seafood spread, then Brasserie de l’Expo is the spot to save on your Google Maps. Nestled in the Heysel neighborhood, it is a Parisian-style restaurant that perfectly characterizes a Brussels bistro. It specializes in ocean-rich cuisine along with a diner-style menu. The moment you enter the establishment, you are mesmerized by the red color scheme dotted with Art Deco and 1958 Expo details. The interiors feature red leather benches, dark tables, booth-style seatings, sophisticated hanging gold lamps, large French windows, and polished wooden flooring. All you need to complete this Paris setting is a glass of Champagne.

The kitchen offers a display bank of tempting fruits de mer delicacies to choose from, along with a diversity of dishes on the menu. Patrons of the brasserie can relish scrumptious delights, including tuna tartare with avocado in yuzu dressing, beef carpaccio with freshly made tangy mayo, lamb shank stew with lentils, lightly smoked Scottish salmon, scampi with garlic, freshly shucked Normandy oysters, and homemade croquettes of gray shrimps.

Average bill – €38

4. JB
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JB
#13 of 4430 restaurants in Brussels, Belgium
Rue du Grand Cerf 24, Brussels, Belgium
Closed until 6:30PM
Crepes
Crepes

Thin, almost paper-like fritters. They may be served in a form of triangle envelopes with syrup, fruit, berries, and cream. They are a good dessert and a fine breakfast.

JB is a stylish family-run establishment that is well-known for serving the most refined meals since 1970. Located just a stone’s throw away from Avenue Louise, it has acquired a loyal following of regulars ever since its inception. The dining space is divided into two levels, with a mini wine bar on the first floor. The interiors are high-class and sophisticated, with a modern decor consisting of orange cushioned chairs, redwood floors, chandelier lights, rough rock walls, a half-open kitchen concept, enveloped in a gray-white color tone.

The innovative menu offerings are designed by Chef Freddy Van Ruyskensvelde and his two sons. You can sample beautifully crafted dishes, such as veal and duck liver with red beets, monkfish cooked in shellfish broth served with cherry tomatoes, filet of Irish angus beef steak with fries in a pepper cream sauce, and baked veal sweetbread in bernaise sauce. Leave some room for dessert items: fondant au chocolat, crêpe Normandy with warm chocolate, mango sorbet, and tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream.

Lunch menu – €27
Average bill – €60

5. Le Selecto
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Le Selecto
#192 of 2119 pubs & bars in Brussels, Belgium
Rue de Flandre 95, Brussels, Belgium
Closes soon: 2:30PMReopens 7PM
Foie gras
Foie gras

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.

Situated in the casual, buzzy Saint Catherine neighborhood, Le Selecto is a thriving restaurant that incorporates and reflects the bistro model perfectly. It revolves around simple and flavourful international cuisine with a dash of Mediterranean flair. The decor is minimalistic and contemporary in atmosphere, complete with black wooden chairs, dark leather furnished booth seating, fancy hanging lamp lighting, a mini wine bar, and small vintage tiled flooring.

The menu is developed and managed by Chef Oliver Morland, who has received a Michelin star at Le Pain et le Vin and also worked at the prestigious Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris. Patrons of Le Selecto relish delicious down-to-earth flavors in dishes like creamy risotto with shrimps, sun-drenched tartlet of aubergine, scallops with olive oil in parsnip velouté sauce, veal sweetbreads with ricotta, fried lamb chops with pistachio crust in truffle sauce, and foie gras with rhubarb coulis. Le Selecto also boasts a fantastic organic wine list. Curated by sommelier Jérôme Bellin, it consists of at least 30% natural labels and a selection of biodynamic wines vinified naturally.

Set menu – €49

6. Strofilia
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Strofilia
#490 of 4430 restaurants in Brussels, Belgium
Rue du Marché aux Porcs 11/13, Brussels, Belgium
Closed until 6:30PM
Tarator
Tarator

This dish is also known as tzatziki or cacık. It's a cold soup from the Middle East and Southeast Europe. Tarator is made from yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil and herbs. Eat it as a side dish or cold appetizer.

If you fancy Greek cuisine, then head straight to Strofilia in the Saint Catherine neighborhood. Nestled near a bustling fish market, a few steps away from Rue de Flandre, it is one of the most authentic restaurants to visit in Brussels – a gorgeous dining place adorned with red brick walls and a huge 17th-century wine cellar. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the owners have renovated the interiors of the establishment by incorporating modern design elements: wine case panels, huge colored columns, a transparent high ceiling, brick-lined walls, and rustic wood furniture. Strofilia also offers seating inside their wine cellar with ambient lights, high stools, and black tables.

The food is prepared by Chef Lonnis Sachinidis and his team, who create a menu of traditional mezze platters with contemporary fusion twists. Some of the amazing characteristic dishes you can enjoy here are grilled octopus with bean puree, signature salad of bulgur, dill, and Mediterranean herbs, tzatziki with aubergine salad, chicken and squid mezze platter, and lamb simmered in olive oil served with celery puree. Pair your meals with reasonably priced Greek wines – fruity and rich, they will elevate your incredible dining experience at Strofilia.

Lunch menu – €22
Average bill – €47

7. Brasserie de la Patinoire
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Brasserie de la Patinoire
#871 of 4430 restaurants in Brussels, Belgium
Chem. du Gymnase 1A, Brussels, Belgium
Open until 11PM
Vol-au-vent
Vol-au-vent

A spicy appetizer of French origin, a small-sized pastry made from puff pastry.

Brasserie de la Patinoire is a grand fine-dining establishment with a Normandy-inspired edifice that sets the scene of a luxurious venue. Located at the entrance to Bois de la Cambre, it serves a Belgian-French fusion cuisine paired with good wines. The vast front of the house has a warm and romantic atmosphere: an old-style pavilion decorated with numerous woodwork, lattice windows, a traditional fireplace, Scottish carpet on the floor, a beautiful open bar, and an air-conditioned trendy well-stocked cellar. It also features a spacious terrace seating to enjoy the pleasant sunny weather and take in the unique view of Bois de la Cambre.

The kitchen creates a wholesome menu of comfort dishes made with top-quality ingredients. Don’t miss out on an opportunity of trying their classic items like meatballs in tomato sauce, breaded cod with tartare sauce, chicken vol-au-vent, old-style veal blanquette, salmon tartare with herbs, grilled American filet steak with caramelized shallot, and frisée with bacon and mimosa egg. There is also an oyster bar with fresh seafood to choose from.

Average bill – €65

P. S.

Brussels is a friendly city that loves welcoming people from all over the world. Besides fabulous landmark accolades of historic tourist spots, its food and drinks scene is also very popular and tempting. From iconic dishes like Belgian moules et frites to comforting waffles, the restaurants in Brussels are a true reflection of the city’s rich cultural heritage and gastronomic expertise.

Did you ever get a chance to visit a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant? Drop your comment with recommendations for other foodies below. And don’t forget to check out our latest reviews and recipes.

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ShadowFlameSlinger (Guest) 9 months ago Request content removal

I absolutely love Brussels! The article did a great job highlighting its top attractions and cultural institutions. Could you also name some must-try local dishes in Brussels?

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