So anyone who has visited or lives here will tell you we are spoiled for good restaurants. And now it’s official – Brussels was just ranked number one among major European cities for the diversity of its restaurants, for both price and type of cuisine.
With over 1,700 restaurants for a population of just under 2 million, the choices are nearly endless. The problem with all these options is deciding where to go for dinner on Saturday night.
One of my top recommendations – La Canne en Ville. This is a sweet little restaurant, located on a quiet corner between Place Brugmann and Chausseé de Waterloo. The building used to be a butcher shop and the owners have kept all of the original wall and floor tiles, which give the place a charming and down-to-earth atmosphere.
Open for 28 years, the restaurant is run by Corinne Noël and the kitchen by her partner Christian Schmit, who both clearly love what they do. They are always welcoming and have great customer service, rare sometimes in Brussels.
The cuisine is classic French, with an emphasis on artisanal dishes and seasonal ingredients. They offer a good selection of quality, and good value, wines to complement the dishes. I’ve had several great meals here and always enjoyed the food. Corinne takes time to explain the menu, and very kindly translates for non-French speaking guests.
I prefer to sit in the cozy front room which has lots of windows, so would suggest asking for a table in this section when booking. There’s also a second room in the back with a fireplace, which is lovely on a chilly winter evening or for a private group. During the summer, take one of the tables outside on the terrace.
The price is fair for the high quality of food and service. They also offer a daily lunch special (starter and main) for €16. Looking at their current menu, I can’t wait to go back and try les noix de coquilles St Jacques (scallops) and le canard sauvage aux girolles (wild duck with mushrooms). Oh and maybe la tarte tatin flambée et glace vanille (apple cake with vanilla ice cream).
Tel: +32 2 347 29 26
Closed Saturday lunch and Sunday, and weekends in July and August
By the way, loving their cute logo – the cane in the city!
Images via eating.be and La Canne en Ville.