Gastronomic restaurants in Brussels

20 June 2022
pastries who look like works of art

Brussels enjoys a very long gourmet tradition, and its international influence cannot be overstated. Incidentally, it was in Brussels in 1972 that the Michelin Guide first awarded three stars to a restaurant outside of France. It happened to be the Villa Lorraine and this establishment still remains a jewel in the European capital's gourmet heritage crown today. There are more than 100 Michelin-starred restaurants within 100 kilometres of Brussels, and the city itself boasts four two-star eateries and twelve one-star restaurants.

Michelin-starred restaurants

Comme chez Soi

Among these houses endowed with stars, without a doubt the oldest and best known is Comme chez Soi. Led to the top by Pierre Wynants and three-starred from 1979 to 2006, this Brussels temple of gourmet cuisine frequented by royalty, celebrities, and connoisseurs remains firmly anchored in the present through the talent of Lionel Rigolet. Pierre Wynants's son-in-law, he took over in 2006 and has gradually shifted the style toward contemporary cuisine without excluding certain legendary dishes by his illustrious predecessors. The restaurant's wine cellar also houses a table for twelve guests which is well worth a visit.

Chalet de la Forêt

Away from the hubbub of the city centre, Chalet de la Forêt is nestled in a lush green setting well suited to its Chef, Pascal Devalkeneer, allowing him to express his nuances in harmony with the plants, seasons, and fine products.

the green terrace of Chalet de la Forêt

La Paix

Chef David Martin has gradually built up a unique culinary style that is strongly inspired by Japanese techniques. He offers a cuisine with a very strong identity that beautifully reflects the cosmopolitan character of the capital. Awarded its second Michelin star, he has made La Paix an essential part of the local and national scene.

La Villa Lorraine

Having brought success to the Sea Grill, Yves Mattagne moved to a completely refurbished Lorraine Villa for the occasion. He demonstrates unusual mastery of nuanced and flavourful cuisine, sometimes enhanced with subtle Asian influences. Modern and playful, the dishes offered both in the Lounge Bar and in the restaurant are sure to win you over.

 

Bozar Restaurant

David Martin probably never imagined that his second address, Brasserie Bozar, would burst onto the scene, with its cuisine honouring the great French gastronomic tradition. Elected Pâté en Croûte World Champion in 2015, Chef Torosyan offers incredible tours de force like his exceptional pies but also his Hare à la Royale or even a 100% homemade cassoulet. Customers sometimes come from far and wide to discover this neo-classical cuisine.

Brussels' excellence is not limited to just these Michelin-starred addresses. The whole city is buzzing with culinary eclecticism. You can find just about every cuisine and trend in the world, each one with an insatiable quest for authenticity and quality. There are, however, a few strong trends that can be identified in this high-end restaurant scene:

Address book

Bruneau, Avenue Broustin 73-75, 1083 Ganshoren

Da Mimmo, Avenue du Roi Chevalier 24, 1000 Bruxelles

Kamo, Chaussée de Waterloo 550a, 1050 Ixelles

Le Monde est Petit, Rue des Bataves 65, 1040 Etterbeek

Le Pigeon Noir, Rue Geleytsbeek 2, 1180 Uccle

Restaurant San Daniele, Avenue Charles Quint 6, 1083 Ganshoren

Senzanome, Place du Petit Sablon 1, 1000 Bruxelles

La Truffe Noire, Boulevard de la Cambre 12, 1000 Bruxelles

Bouchéry, Chaussée d’Alsemberg 812a, 1180 Uccle