Kroket

croquettes & bistro cuisine

37 rue Caroly, 1050 Ixelles
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Monday till Friday from noon till 2.30 pm
 Thursday and Friday from 6.30 till 9.30 pm
Lunch (starter + main) : 19€

Before launching Kroket, Antoine and Alex were both chefs at Jules & Charles. Then one day, they heard about the best shrimp croquette contest in Brussels, and decided to give it a shot. They didn’t win, but their croquette was so good though, that it made them want to take it a step further. Last October, they gave up everything to dedicate themselves fully to croquettes – to take away, to start. After a few weeks of tryouts, they found the perfect combination – a croquette that had been pre-fried, that one simply had to reheat 10 minutes in the oven, to give it back its perfect crispiness.

Then months went by, and Antoine and Alex decided they wanted to take it up a notch and open their place for real, one you’d come and sit at one of the tables, delighting yourself on croquettes, Belgian beer, and a short bistronomy-like seasonal menu.

We went for lunch, and were not disappointed. We started with 4 different types of croquettes (between 4€ and 7,5€ a piece), to try as many as we could. The shiitaké one, that we already knew and loved, the cheddar – delicious – the shrimp one you definitely shouldn’t miss out on, and the “cockles and spianata”, croquette of the week and actually the one we liked the most. And Antoine being as kind as he is, he even brought us the starter from the lunch menu, yet another type of croquettes: mini bacalhau croquettes, super light and crunchy (the secret is to make them without potato purée) on a bed of super fresh fennel salad. It was simply delicious.

We continued with the lunch main (19€ for starter and main lunch menu) : beef chimichurri on a red bean purée with radicchio salad – the seasoning was delicious and the meat cooked to perfection. And a sauteed calamari with white wine, garlic and parsley (15€) – which took me all the way to the Mediterranean sea, by its incredible smell alone.

The type of restaurant we simply love, and love to share. Great products, adorable team, excellent cuisine and super affordable prices. Clearly everything we’re looking for.

 

20 adresses pour manger le dimanche soir

restos, bars, la totale

Tous les dimanches c’est pareil. Après avoir erré sans itinéraires précis sur les internets, on finit par dépit dans son canap’, une boite de take away sur les genoux, alors qu’en fait, on serait bien sortis de chez nous. Mais où?

On a fait l’exercice pour vous, et on vous a réunit nos meilleures adresses pour (très bien) manger le dimanche soir.

Et pour être tout à fait honnêtes, on l’a aussi fait pour nous.

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Saussice

56 rue de roumanie, 160 Saint-Gilles
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wednesday to sunday, 12 to 2pm
and from 7pm to 10pm

 

I was sitting at the same table as last time, the one in the corner, where the angle of the bench slightly differs from the angle of the table, making it a bit awkward to sit, while watching the remaining customers lazily finish their daily special. It was on a Saturday at 3pm, the clouds were slowly taking over the previously blue sky, and Mad About You was echoing in the almost empty restaurant.

Inside, the atmosphere was peaceful. I put my book down to check the menu again, thinking whether I was going to go for dessert or not. I briefly hovered the dessert part – French Toast (9€) -, and scrolled to the bottom, where below the lines about allergies and intolerances, I found the word “bisou”. I smiled and waved at the waiter.

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Met Plaizier

coffee, lunch and society

925 chaussée de waterloo, 1180 Uccle
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monday to friday : 8am – 5pm 
saturday and sunday : 10am – 5pm

 

The place is lively and colorful, and it’s hard to decide where to set our eyes at the first glance. But this lovely chaos is only visual. At Met Plaizier, the atmosphere is calm and relaxing, and makes us want to come back on weekdays, to take a chair at the big table at the back, and work quietly with a cappuccino or a homemade lemonade next to us.

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