Ötap

small plates to share

10 place Albert Leemans, 1050 Ixelles
0472 75 47 38 – WEBSITE
open from tuesday from saturday from 4 to 11pm

Two years after the opening of Humphrey and Crab Club, it’s Ötap’s turn to have their customers share all of their food among their table. Mezze-like, but not quite, as the difference here plays in every little detail. Behind the project, the 21 years old talented chef Paul-Antoine Bertin, already part of the team in the previous Point Albert, and definitely ready to take the plunge on his own. And we can tell, the chef clearly knows what he’s doing.
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Gaston

artisan glacier

85 Quai aux Briques, 1000 Bruxelles
02 223 43 06 – WEBSITE
open from monday to friday from 11 to 10:30pm
saturday and sunday from 9 to 22:30pm

Gaston opened on the Quai aux Briques, along the famous place Sainte-Catherine, in the exact same spot where Comus & Gastera used to stand. We couldn’t have expected better news after losing an excellent ice-cream shop than finding another excellent one right in the same spot. Facing the pools where the old interior harbour used to be now stands a colourful terrace where one can enjoy ice-cream on sunny days.

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Hinterland

Coffee & healthy food

179 chaussée de Charleroi, 1060 Saint-Gilles
02 537 97 47 – WEBSITE
open from monday to friday from 8 to 6:30pm
saterday and sunday from 9 to 6:30pm

Perfectly qualified as an urban refuge by its owners Julien and Olivia, Hinterland is a pretty coffee shop and neo-canteen located halfway through chaussée de Charleroi. Established on a street corner, the place benefits from natural light all throughout the day, and was tastefully renovated by Atelier Dynamo architects, already known for their work at Bao Bang Bang and Prélude.

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52 And The Secret Garden

Italian cuisine in the garden

52 chaussée de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelless
0473 20 68 02 – WEBSITE
open from thursday to saterday from 6:30 to 11pm
sunday for the brunch from 12:30

From chaussée de Vleurgat, nothing suggests that behind the facade of number 52, lies a garden as enchanting as that of the Secret Garden. From the outside, you can see a small sign through the window indicating which bell to ring. One thing is for sure : you will not walk into the 52 and its Secret Garden as you would walk into just any restaurant.

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