41 rue Veydt, 1050 IXELLES
02 259 26 27 – website
OPEN FROM TUESDAY TO FRIDAY FROM NOON TO 2PM AND FROM 7 TO 10PM
SATURDAY FROM 7PM TO 10PM
We already knew Marion from Le Petit Canon. After becoming partners with Stephanie, and spending the last six years at our favorite bar, it was time for her to fly solo. At Le Petit Canon, she was already the one behind the blackboard of food suggestions, like the burratina or delicious homemade artichoke dip. At Bistro Madame, she’s now got a whole kitchen to herself.
With her husband Fatagoma, ex and dearly missed sous-chef of Kitchen 151, and the help of Morgane, Bistro Madame offers seasonal dishes with Mediterranean influences, highlighted by an elegant list of natural wines. Morgane, who we’ve also known for a while now, has made her way as a sommelière at Le Garage à Manger, Le Tournant, and many more. The team here therefore knows exactly where it’s going, and what to do to get there. And to be completely honest, we weren’t expecting any less from them.
Though the restaurant could remind us of our neighborhood bistro with its dark green walls, it’s mostly a place filled with soul and lots of charm. The decoration is quite sober, but cleverly enhanced with subtle details that make the difference. A golden mirror and some family photos on one wall, vintage lamps and a poster on the other, wooden chairs and tables and a stunning terrazzo countertop with green marble flakes.
Our dishes follow the same mindset. We love the oven baked mussels with pesto and parmesan (10€), the cod cooked ans seasoned perfectly (19€) and the beef with homemade chimichurri (18€). In our glasses, a Champêtre 2015 from Titulus (5,60€ by the glass), and with our coffee, chocolate covered in almond flakes and seasalt.
We couldn’t be more thrilled about this opening.