Time for another restaurant review! Last weekend we forewent the usual Thanksgiving meal madness (cooking for two days, a turkey too big for the oven, etc) and went out for a lovely meal with friends. Looking for somewhere we hadn’t been before, we elected to give Le Coriandre in Watermael-Boitsfort a try.
Tucked on a side street near the maison communale, Le Coriandre is a tiny restaurant with only about 10 tables. You might miss it completely with its small entrance and shaded windows, but the interior is bright yet cozy, refined yet relaxed. As a group of 6, we were seated in a semi-private area in the back, which was nice but just a little too close to the open kitchen (next time I would ask for one of the round tables nearer the front).
After ordering aperitifs, we had a look at the menu which included a limited but intriguing choice of starters and main dishes. You can order a la carte or choose from one of the fixed menus (3, 4 or 5 courses) – the options for the menus are the same as the a la carte. Almost all of us went for the 3 course menu, which is a great deal at €39 (plus €15 for wine pairings).
We were offered a series of amuse-bouches, including a delicious pumpkin soup. My first course was scallops (coquilles Saint-Jacques) served with delicate potatoes and an herb sauce that the waitress poured on at the table. Next came the main dish – amazing! I chose the venison (€10 supplement), which unlike in some restaurants, was very elegantly plated with pumpkin puree, grilled onions and cranberries. It was absolutely beautiful and I ate every bite!
Then came dessert – an out-of-this world lime tarte (doesn’t it look like some strange planet?). The little sticks are actually meringue drizzled with sauce. The best part was a little dish of home-made white chocolate ice cream. It was literally heaven on earth! And if that wasn’t enough, coffee came with a very generous serving of petits fours which we gobbled up.
So what’s the verdict? I’m sure it’s clear by now. This place was great – wonderful food, good service and lovely atmosphere. I would definitely recommend Le Coriandre for a night out with friends or a special occasion. Although the menu is a good price, with drinks and wine the total was around €80 per person.
The restaurant has a couple of unique offerings as well, such as cooking classes on Saturday mornings and a special catered (traiteur) Christmas menu for €50 per person.
21 Rue Middelbourg, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort
Tel: +32 2 672 45 65
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