8 Place de la Liberté, 1000 Bruxelles
02 356 14 05 – WEBSITE
open everyday from 9am to midnight
lunch special : 13-15€
As our breaded chicken salad lays before us, we are thrown back a couple of years earlier, when the word had yet a a slightly different meaning. With its tomates cut into wedges and its perfectly diagonal cucumber slices, the salads at Café Caberdouche have that little something to remind us of our childhood, and most specifically, of our beloved Belgian roots.
8 place Saint-Josse, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
02 465 02 15 – SITE WEB
open from monday to friday from 12 to 2:30
and from 7 to 11pm, saturday from 6:30 to 11pm
pizza from 8,90€ to 17,90€
Both La Piola and La Piola Pesce (now our beloved Ricciocapriccio) had been around for a while. La Piola Pizza’s has now opened to complete the picture, this time in a totally different neighbourhood. It’s actually in Saint-Josse, not far from Madou, that Carmine, one of the brothers from the Leone family, runs this little Italian joint with a wood-oven the size of a quarter of the restaurant.
668 chaussée de Saint-Job, 1180 Uccle
open every day from morning till night,
daily special : 12€
When we first heard about Le Refuge and its wide opening hours, it reminded us of the many bars in Brussels opened from breakfast to cocktails. It was nothing like that. At Le Refuge, the food is good, really good, the coffee is excellent and the wine is everything we love. You’ll find here the best you can expect for every meal or moment of the day.
1 rue des Trois Tilleuls, 1170 Watermael-Boitsfort
02 895 77 73 – WEBSITE
open from tuesday to saturday from 11am to 10pm,
wine by the glass : 5,10€ – 9,50€
Though today wine shops being also wine bar seems pretty obvious, it wasn’t really the case about 15 years ago, when Fréderic de Thibault opened the first Winery in Brussels. It’s always better to taste in order to know what you buy : good sense for Fréderic, and also what led him to opening Winery Brugmann back in the days, the first wine shop offering tastings. A few years later, Winery opens a second venue in Schuman, quickly followed by a third in Boitsfort.