3 quai aux pierres de taille, 1000 Bruxelles
02 771 40 82 – SITE WEB
tuesday to friday, from 12 to 2pm and from 6 to 10:30pm
saturday from 6pm to 10:30pm
mains: 16€ – 21€
It almost feels as though time has stopped when stepping inside Côté Jardin: the atmosphere is quiet and cosy, with heavy carpets hanging from the walls and soft lights. Everything inside is of a light spring-like green color, from the walls to the big eucalyptus bouquets. As for the menu, the first page is a one-way journey right into the heart of the Mediterranean with an extremely tempting list of bar foods (small portions to start, from 4,50€ to 20€).
Lebanese flat bread, Zaatar or vegetarian mezze : the lady chef has a definite crush for vegetables and vegetarian options. Trained as a chef at Beaucoup Fish, right across the street, Katrien has now taken control of Côté Jardin’s kitchen – launched by the same team – and takes us on a world journey through her creative and seasonal menu. We try delicious vegetarian Kibbeh with spinach and a spicy red pepper dip (9,50€), and a roast celeriac and goat cheese salad, twisted with mustard granola and parsley pesto (17€). Though the menu is mostly vegetable-based (with vegan options if you ask), the chef also offers some more meaty dishes, such as the slow cooked pork ribs marinated in brown rhum (21€) or the Indian fish curry (20€).Katrien’s team also prepares everything in-house; broth, dips, sauces, pestos and granolas – and always with local suppliers. The fish for instance, comes straigth from Beaucoup Fish, the bread from C’est Si Bon right across the canal, and the coffee from Corica next to Bourse. For drinks, other than craft beers from Brussels and great natural wines, you’ll also find Bloody Mary and Amaretto Sour on the menu. A true highlight in a city like Brussels.