Viens chez moi

February 24th 2020

 

Viens chez moi, j’invite…
Flagey – address upon réservation
February 24th 2020
shared table of 16 people
4 course tasting menu + apetizer
+ sparkling wine & + wine pairings: 75€

The dinners “Viens chez moi, j’invite un chef” are back! 🥂

The concept: Every month, I will welcome you into my very own apartment for a unique type of dinner. One chef, an open kitchen, a perfectly sun-exposed terrace for drinks, an amazing 4-course gastronomic tasting menu and a table for 16 people! Atmosphere? Cosy, intimate and chill! What better to ask for?

This Monday February 24th, I’m inviting Syrian refugee chef Abdell Baset to cook for you in my apartment ❤️

Abdell Baset is a Syrian refugee chef, in Belgium since 2015. As the last kid of a large family, he started cooking for his whole family quite early on, when he was a teenager, to replace his mom in the kitchen. In Syria, he studied business and HR, then worked in one of the biggest dessert factories, which also had a large catering service. That’s where he found out how much he loved cooking, and started spending all of his time around the chefs, asking questions and taking tons of notes. When he arrived in Belgium though, his professional future wasn’t clear right away. It’s only after throwing a dinner party for a couple of Belgian friends that he realized how big his passion for cooking had grown. The feedbacks were simply amazing. He first joined a catering service to help and keep learning, then joined the Refugee Food Festival as a chef. After this tremendous success, he decided to launch his own catering business, centered around Syrian cuisine with a slight European twist.

Today, he cooks delicious Syrian food adapted to our European culture. For instance, he has adapted his menus around our classic “starter/main/dessert” structure. He also uses local and seasonal ingredients which he would never find in Syria, in his recipes, turning them into creative Syrian-cuisine modern interpretations.

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Forêt a faim

lunch spot & café

196 rue des alliés, 1190 Forest
0498 65 27 96 – website
from mon. to wed. from 8am to 7pm
thur. from 8am till 10pm
friday from 10am till 7pm
daily special : 10€ – 18€
salad : 9€ – 13€
sandwiches : 4,50 – 6€

This cute little café-restaurant, a few meters away from park Duden, was named Forêt a Faim, which literally stands for “Forest is Hungry”. It makes sense somehow. I personally had heard about the opening through a friend living in Forest, who actually said to me he was “super happy and relieved” there was more and more venues like this in his neighborhood. Forest is hungry, that’s true. Hungry for cosy places to have coffee, hungry for casual lunch spots serving both affordable and delicious food, hungry for places bringing light and a new life to their neighborhood.

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Le Conteur

middle-eastern sharing plates

32 rue marché aux poulets, 1000 Bruxelles
02 347 02 91 – site
from monday to sunday
from noon to 4pm and from 6pm to 10:30pm
dishes to share : 2€ – 19,50€
cocktails : 10€ – 13€

This story slightly differs from the ones we’re used to hear in Brussels. Roi and Ronnie are not yet another duo of ex-bankers, who found a new passion for specialty coffee, or passionate chefs who now source their vegetables from their very own farm. Roi and Ronnie are passionate though, and that’s for sure, but about something else.

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Rebel

funky wines & nasty food

48 rue lesbroussart, 1050 Ixelles
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from wed to sun, from 6pm till late
bottles from 25€
small dishes: 3,50€ – 12€

There isn’t a doubt whether this tiny and super crowded wine bar can be called a rebel. Often overflowing a big chunk of its customers onto the pavement and its incredible playlists into the night, it’s difficult to miss and worse to miss out on. And we haven’t even said anything about the food yet.

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