179 chaussée de waterloo,
1060 Saint-Gilles
from wed to mond
from 12pm to 12am
dishes to share : 8€ – 18€

We’ve been coming back to this restaurant a lot lately. In just a few weeks, it’s become somewhat of a reflex already. The fact that we can show up on a Friday night without a reservation does plays a big part in it, let’s not kid ourselves. But actually, any reason is a good reason to go to Grabuge.

Of course, the interior is very, very cool. The pine tables shaped like little clouds designed by Aboutt Atelier give the restaurant its entire identity. The already set-up large, shared table, descending from the ceiling on a pulley, puts on quite a show. The service is great, the playlist is super cool, and the menu of natural wines, sake, and cocktails has everything to please us.

But what we keep coming back for at Grabuge is the menu.

Here, everything sounds kind of funny. From udon noodles with cheddar, bacon and snow mushrooms (€16), to the “pizza fish” (€26), the “pêche au thon”, mozzarella churros (€8), crispy rice with raspberry vinegar and mortadella (€14), to the corn and popcorn dessert (€8). In short, when reading the menu, don’t expect to find anything that sounds familiar. Even for us – and let’s just say we’re kind of used to eating out – most dishes are really hard to imagine. But we decided to trust Alex and Alaang – the former dynamic duo from Old Boy – and blindly ordered what turned out to be a true success, every. single. time.

During our last visit, we were particularly impressed by the mac & cheese-style udon, incredibly delicious and taken one step further, and the fregola sarda with mussels and miso (€13). We couldn’t resist the oyster shots either – they change regularly (€5 each), and this time they were served with apple granita and ginger.

In short, we’re simply in love with the place. We’ve already planned our next visit and we suggest you do, too.

A notre dernier passage, coup de coeur sur les udon façon mac & cheese justement, incroyablement régréssif et poussé un step plus loin, et sur les fregola sarda aux moules et au miso (13€). Impossible de faire l’impasse sur les oyster shots qui changent régulièrement (5€ pièce), cette fois au granité de pomme et au gingembre.

Bref, vous l’aurez compris, c’est un coup de coeur total, et vous risquez de nous y croiser souvent !

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