Last weekend the husband and I somewhat reluctantly made the journey to Uccle for a dinner with friends. Now when I say journey, it’s actually a 10 minute car ride through the lovely Bois de la Cambre, so not really painful at all. But in any case, if you live in the center of town or Ixelles, Uccle can seem like some far off suburb to Brussels. In fact, it’s actually quite close and, as I always realize once there, worth visiting more often.
Our friends who live in the area picked the restaurant. Now usually I like to weigh in on dinner choices, especially when going out on a Saturday night, but I gave up all control and went with the flow (not always easy for this girl). It turned out to be the right decision. We met up at Relais St Job, a well-known restaurant in the heart of Uccle on Place St. Job.
Rather nondescript on the outside, this brasserie has a large and inviting interior, with a cozy décor and friendly atmosphere. We opted to eat on the upstairs terrace to take advantage of the warm first days of autumn. It’s a pleasant spot overlooking the square, but we were happy that it was heated after the sun went down.
Relais St Job opened a few years ago but looks as though it’s been there for ages. Frequented by neighborhood residents, it has an extensive but reliable menu, good service and is good for both small and large groups. My friend recommended the carpaccio of salmon and St Jacques (scallops) with truffle oil (€14.50) which was a perfect dish for a light first course. I love a good steak, so went for the filet pur (€26.50), not cheap but worth every cent for perfectly cooked meaty goodness. It came with a nice archiduc (mushroom) sauce and home-made Belgian frites.
I heard the moelleux au chocolat (€8) was to die for, but as I had little room left, I managed to convince the husband to split it with me. Of course I ended up eating more than my fair share. Who can only have one bite of dark chocolate gooey cake with a wonderfully liquid center? (Apologies if I’m getting carried away here, but damn it was good!) We washed it all down with a 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (€55), a bit of a splurge, but an excellent pairing with the steak and dessert.
Overall the food was delicious and it was the ideal setting to ring in the start of a new season with friends. I definitely want to go back in the winter for a relaxed and hearty meal, and obviously to enjoy another piece of moelleux!
P.S. This is one of the few good restaurants I’ve found open on a Sunday in Brussels, which is always handy to have on the list 🙂
1 Place de Saint Job, 1180 Uccle
Tel: +32 (0)2 375 57 24
Open: Monday to Sunday, 12pm-12am (12:30am on Friday and Saturday)
Image via Eating.be.