Foodie Fridays – Sushi

After last week’s post about my favorite noodle bar in Brussels, the Japanese theme continues today with a special guest post from fellow blogger Maxcie of Why I Am Not Skinny (what a great name for a foodie blog!). As promised I’m trying to bring you the best of Brussels from friends, locals and other bloggers from time to time (see previous post on clothing shops here). So take it away Maxcie!

I don’t just love sushi… I ADORE it! So here are my favorite sushi spots in Brussels:

#1 Makisu – Newly opened on Rue du Bailli, the “sunny side of sushi” concept offering “create your own maki” with over 30 fresh and delicious ingredients, provides a fresh and original perspective (not to mention thousands of permutations). They also believe that loving sushi should not break the bank – so their prices are reasonable (YEAH ME!). Keeping in mind that Maki is all about the “rolled sushi”, don’t come expecting more traditional items like sashimi or nigiri!

Not only do you have the option to get creative but they also offer a range of signature sushi rolls. I tried 3 of the signature dishes (Astro Boy – marinated chicken, avo, cream cheese, Japanese herbs and teriyaki sauce for €4.50€, Philly Roll – salmon, cucumber and cream cheese for €4.25 and Dragon roll – shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, unagi sauce for €5) and all were delicious! A little known fact: Makisu is also the name of the bamboo mat that is used to form and roll the sushi :)).

5 Rue du Bailli, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 640 4550
Open: Monday to Tuesday, 12-3pm, Wednesday to Saturday, 12-3pm, 6-10pm

#2 Sushi Shop – When looking for an absolute pick-me-up treat, post a day of Avenue Louise shopping, look no further than this place! It isn’t the traditional version of Japanese sushi, but has more of a modern and fusion feel. With maki rolls that include tomato, mint and red onion, you can’t help but be intrigued!

My first experience was thanks to their limited offering – a 32 piece Lenny Kravitz inspired and designed Sushi box (called Raw Like New York) which was probably priced a little steep at €48.50 for two people, but OH BOY is was fresh and tasty, and in my humble opinion, completely worth it. Unfortunately, it is no longer available, but they do have a 54-piece Black Box offering, plus the normal 6/8/12 piece selections. Also worthy of a note is that they offer some awesome lunchtime deals, including selected items of between 8 and 18 pieces of sushi plus 2 sides (salad and either rice or miso soup) for €13.90. Plus they have 3 other stores across Brussels and do home delivery!

144 Avenue Louise, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 613 2000
Open: Monday to Saturday, 11am-2:30pm, 6-11pm, Sunday, 6-11pm

#3 Râle-bol – Looking for the real deal? They have a Japanese sushi boat filled with 40 glorious pieces, ranging from eel, tuna, salmon and prawn nigiri to California rolls, and for the piece de-la-resistance, half a boat full of the freshest, tastiest and softest (far too many –est’s :)) slices of sashimi that you could ever imagine! It’s more than enough for two people priced at €45. Plus their wine list offers a “created for sushi” white wine by Oroya, which is only €20 and does a pretty decent job of complimenting those fresh fish flavours (soaked in soya sauce and wasabi of course!).

Their interior is fun and quirky, and they also offer outdoor seating in front, which is especially entertaining on a Wednesday night due to their close proximity to the Chatelain market.

6 Rue du Page, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 640 0693
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 12-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm

Thanks so much Maxcie for your recommendations. I order from Sushi Shop all the time but can’t wait to try the others and maybe a new favorite from your list!

Happy eating this weekend everyone!

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12 thoughts on “Foodie Fridays – Sushi

  1. Andreea says:

    As a fellow sushi lover I agree with some suggestions above and less so with others 🙂 . I would however add Tagawa which is probably sushi heaven. You have to order in advance if you want to have the real deal (eg sushi for 4 at 50e) but the sushi is the best tried in Brussels (including all of the above)
    Happy Sushi Friday 🙂

    • Thanks for the addition to the list! I’m so glad there is more than one choice for sushi in Brussels finally 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve tried Tagawa and it was good, but Samourai has much better quality: the fish melts in your mouth. You have to know what to order though and non-Japanese speakers or sushi non-experts might have a disadvantage.

      • Anonymous says:

        Forgot to mention that some of the fish is flown in from Japan and that Samourai is for sure less affordable than the places listed on this post!

    • M says:

      Just looked at Tagawa website, do they have a restaurant or it is home delivery only?

      • Tagawa the restaurant is at 279 Avenue Louise but I believe it is also a store at Chaussée de Vleurgat 119.

      • bxlblog says:

        The restaurant Tagawa has been closed for a few years. You can order sushi from the supermarket on Vleurgat (details on the website) or stop by and see if there’s any pre-packaged sushi (made fresh daily) over lunch. They also have nice simple lunch boxes (shrimp tempura with rice, fried chicken, bento boxes, etc.) very reasonably priced between about 5 and 9 euros.

  2. Anonymous says:

    For me this is still the best and most genuine list for sushi:

  3. I says:

    Have you ever heard about Nakama? Absolutely the best place for sushi in Brussels! We tried many places and were not satisfied with quality. Especially Sushi Shop in Avenue Louise – horrible taste and even worse service 🙂

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