Belgium is famous for mussels, waffles and beer…so no need to guess what items were the top of our list when we visited! Here are our favourite spots to eat in Belgium.
Listed as Bruges No. 1 restaurant on TripAdvisor, we were eager to dine at Park Restaurant. Arriving into a beautifully renovated home, we were warmly greeted by the owner Axel, whose service could not be rivaled. He was a wonderful host, his service was exceptional as he explained the preparation of dishes, the origin of wines and finally restaurant recommendations for our trip to Portugal.
Highlights were an entree of goose liver pate (yum), creamy carrot soup and our desserts, a cheese plate with three gooey delicious cheeses, walnuts and a delicious fruit syrup which Axel revealed in emails after our dinner was called Sirop de Liège. My husband had the crème brûlée which was rich, smooth, perfectly cooked with a solid layer of caramelised sugar on top. All of our paired wines and port, Porto Niepoort, was moorish. We’re still talking about our side of garlic pomme dauphinoise! Four courses with paired wines is 74.90 euro per person, excellent value for the meal we enjoyed.
We visited Rock Fort based on the recommendation from the app Where Chef’s Eat. Lucky for us they were able to seat us at the bar last minute and enjoy a fabulous dinner. I had the sea bass ceviche which was a truly amazing dish, perhaps the best I’ve had all year. Packed with flavour and a terrific combination of salty ceviche, crunchy miniature radish and sweet sorbet. Definitely a highlight. Main was the Turbot which came with fresh vegetables and hollandaise on the side. To finish Skip and I shared a pear crumble with vanilla bean ice cream…drool! Once again impressed with textured biscuit pieces, sweet pears and creamy ice cream.
Recommended by friends who lived in Bruges, they told us we had to dine at Poules Moules. We shared a mussels cooked natural with garlic cream dipping sauce and accompanied with a fresh crispy bucket of fries. Both were delicious! The meal was not cheap at 23.75 euros for just the mussels, add a sauce for 3.25 euros. If budget is an issue I would recommend dining here for a light lunch or dinner and sharing the food. You can experience quality food but share the price!
Waffles for ONLY 1 Euro!
You can find hole in the wall waffle stalls all over Belgium. There is an abundance of them surrounding the popular Grand Place in Brussels. You can pick up these sweet cooked dough treats with icing sugar for as little as 1 euro. Prices rise as the toppings increase, choose from whipped cream and chocolate, like Skip did, or fruit with icing sugar like I did.