Pei & Mei

Pei & Mei

What made Pei & Mei Tasty yet Unexceptional?

Pei & Mei
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Summary

Pei & Mei offers fine uninspiring food without many vegetarian or vegan options. If you are visiting Brussels, the restaurant is centrally located on a pedestrian street near the Sablon Square. Pei & Mei is set up better for intimate meals for 2 or 4 persons than for large parties.

3.8

I chose Pei & Mei because it was included on a list of vegan-friendly restaurants in Brussels. I was searching for a restaurant to take a good friend to celebrate her birthday.  As it was a warm summer evening we planned on sitting outside on the terrace.

Pei Mei outside terrace

 

I was disappointed that there were no vegan and very limited vegetarian options on the menu given that its mention on the vegan-friendly list was one of the main reasons…

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Bij den Boer – Brussels

Bij den Boer – Brussels

What makes Bij den Boer one of my favorite restaurants in Brussels?

Bij den Boer
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Summary

Bij den Boer's fixed-price menu offers the all-around best value in Brussels. The food, atmosphere and service are all reliably quite good.

4.3

Bij den Boer, located at Quai aux Briques 60 across from the Sainte Catherine metro station, has been one of my favorite restaurants in Brussels for years. Bij den Boer offers the best price/quality ratio of any restaurant I know.  This restaurant has a bustling brasserie atmosphere with a hint of nostalgia.

Everything about Bij den Boer is authentic and good quality.  Their menu offers mainly fish and seafood, yet also has several meat options.  The best deal is Bij den Boer’s fixed-price menu featuring f…

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Le Homard et la Moule Restaurant Review

Le Homard et la Moule Restaurant Review

How to Work Up an Appetite near the Belgian Coast?
At the end of October 2015 a friend and I went to the Belgian seaside on the North Sea for the day.  We had gone to Bruges, Ghent and Hasselt together over the summer to visit the towns, and now we were heading to Ostend.  We planned to visit the James Ensor House, a city museum created in the last house of the renown expressionist – surrealist painter.

As the day approached we added more details to our plan.  In the end we agreed to visit the Saint Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren, Belgium, to taste the “Best Beer in The World”.  The Saint Si…

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Ate Brussels, Drank Bordeaux

Ate Brussels, Drank Bordeaux

How did eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX match expectations?
How was The Hotel in Brussels?
Since last July I’ve been excited to attend the 4th annual foodie event eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX in Brussels.  Even more so when my post on this event won a free night at The Hotel in Brussels for the opening night of eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX, on Thursday 10 September 2015.  This special prize package was organized by VisitBrussels and The Hotel.

Checking into The Hotel a few hours before attending the eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX was a wonderful way to get into mood.   I had not been t…

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Ristorante Rossi Slow Food in Leuven

Ristorante Rossi Slow Food in Leuven

What makes Leuven a city to visit?
After a day trip to Hasselt in Belgium, a friend and I stopped in Leuven on our way back to Brussels for dinner.  Leuven is a hustling and charming university city about 15 minutes outside of Brussels in the province of Flemish Brabant.  Many consider Oude Markt in Leuven to be the longest bar in Belgium in the summer because this central square and surrounding areas are lined with cafes.  Once the weather becomes warm, everyone seems to come out from hibernation to sit outside with friends with a drink or food in their hands.

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De Coeckepanne in Hasselt

De Coeckepanne in Hasselt

Where to have lunch in Hasselt?
This month I’m celebrating 25 years in Belgium.   There are still several places in Belgium I have not visited, including the town of Hasselt, which is the capital of the (Belgian) Limburg province.  Yesterday’s visit to Hasselt was pleasant on many levels: excellent company, warm sunny weather, and a surprisingly attractive city center.

Although Hasselt has a good public transportation system serving the entire city, we walked from the train station across the city center to the Modemuseum, where a Paul Smith exhibition  is currently showing until 16 August…

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Brasserie Chez Clément in Genval

Brasserie Chez Clément in Genval

Why pick the Brasserie Chez Clément for a birthday celebration?
Brasserie Chez Clément is located in Genval, about 10 kilometers south of Brussels, yet is definitely out of the city and in a country setting. If you’re travelling to the restaurant from Brussels you will pass the Forêt de Soignes and enjoy splendid views of the woods, helping you to unwind and get in the mood for what’s coming.

Brasserie Chez Clément
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Summary

Chez Clément is located in the countryside outside Brussels. It's a wonderful setting in the summer, especially when you can go for a walk nearby and enjoy eating outdoors. The location and the atmosphere are the strongest features of this institution. The food is good, yet uninspired and the service merely average unless you are a local regular.

3.7

I had been to Brasserie Chez Clément only once, two years ago with a couple of good friends for my birthday. I really enjoyed the setting and wanted to return there with my (adult) kids…

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Blackbird in Bruges

Where to eat lunch in Bruges?
I went to Bruges this week to visit the Triennale Brugge 2015 which continues until 18 October 2015. Follow this link to read my review of the Triennale and see some photos of Bruges.

A day trip to Bruges always helps recharge my batteries. I enjoy walking aimlessly around the town, especially away from the center, which is usually crowded with tourists. One drawback about Bruges is that restaurants tend to be overpriced and mediocre since they cater to the visiting hordes and do not need to encourage customer loyalty.

 

Blackbird - Informal Dining
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Summary

The Blackbird is a welcome place to eat and drink while walking around Bruges. It's located on one of the must-see squares, has tasty food at good prices and friendly service.

4.2

I was therefo…

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L’Artista Italian Restaurant in Mechelen

L’Artista Italian Restaurant in Mechelen

Where is Mechelen?
A couple weeks ago I showed an Indian visitor the city of Mechelen, which is about half way between Brussels and Antwerp and built around the Dijle River. Mechelen is in the southern part of the Antwerp province in Belgium. Mechelen is a good-size town: small enough to get a fair impression of the town in a couple hours walking around, yet not too big that you need all day. Don’t get me wrong, Mechelen is a lovely town with canals, old buildings (including an intriguing St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) and pedestrian walkways, making it a choice location to spend all day if you hav…

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Bourla Café Restaurant in Antwerp

Bourla Café Restaurant in Antwerp

What makes Bourla Café Restaurant an institution in Antwerp?
To celebrate my son’s 21st birthday we wanted a special restaurant in Antwerp, where we had chosen to enjoy this sunny day. I had been to the Bourla Café Restaurant several times over my 25 years in Belgium, yet it had been a while since my last visit.

Bourla Café Restaurant
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Summary

Bourla Café Restaurant, located on a charming square very close to the shopping district, is an Antwerp institution. The food, atmosphere, prices and service all make this restaurant a smart choice in Antwerp.

4.1

My first time in this restaurant was with a friend during the winter in my early years here. I cannot even remember the friend, yet can still taste the tomato soup and the delicious bread that accompanied it. The dark grain bread is so basic, yet evokes decades of ar…

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Alpronista Bar

Alpronista Bar

What is an Alpronista Bar?

Yesterday my kids and I went to Antwerp to enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon and to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday (as well as the 4th of July). We had a blast walking around the city, starting on the Meir, Antwerp’s main shopping area, and then heading to the Groenplaats (Green Square), Grote Markt (main square), the harbour, and then back around the city ending up at the Bourla Café Restaurant for dinner (see review here).

As my kids were in Forever 21 looking at the sales racks, I stayed outside and was thrilled to discover the Alpronista Bar right next do…

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Prélude: Healthy Food in a Friendly Setting

Prélude:  Healthy Food in a Friendly Setting

Prélude prepares healthy, tasty food!
Last week a good friend and I had made plans to have lunch together after I filed some documents at the court. She knew of a place in St Gilles (Brussels) that she wanted to take me. It turned out to be such a fun and pleasant discovery for me.

We found parking in front of the restaurant. Of course the parking came with a meter, but at least there seemed to be many spaces to park still available nearby.

Prélude
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Summary

Prélude offers fresh quality healthy food at reasonable prices. Prélude feels like a neighborhood place where people come back.

4.0

As you walk into the Prélude you see a glass counter displaying tempting seasonal dishes. The food is also all organic!

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