What: Kebab/pita restaurant on a street full of kebab shops, just off the Grand Place (this reviewer has heard that this street has the nickname “Rue des Pitas”). If you’re used to the Turkish Imbiss restaurants in Germany you’ll feel at home.
Prices: Around €4 for any one plate and each plate is more than two people could eat.
Vegetarian menu: Huge plate of falafel €4, massive plate of hummus €5, massive plate of aubergine puree €5, big plate of vine leaves €4, vegetarian pita €3.50, falafel pita €3.50 and more.
Drinks: Sparkling water (in cans with a plastic cup), fizzy drinks and some more.
Service: Friendly and casual. This is a street packed with kebab-style “restaurants” and waiters are eager to have you choose their one.
Comfortable? There are seats outside (most popular) and inside upstairs (not so nice). It’s a narrow street absolutely full of cheap eateries. As such, it’s noisy and bustling. There’s a fun and lively atmosphere. The tables and chairs are of that cheap, plastic variety. The table was big enough, but it did wobble, as did the chair (but they’re outside on cobblestones so one can’t really expect anything else).
Was the food good? Yes, it was very enjoyable. Falafel was excellent, aubergine puree was very nice, hummus was passable and the bread was served very warm. Fries were not good.
Toilets: To get to the toilets you have to negotiate very many flights of stairs, the last one might prove difficult for people with vertigo (and was an experience in itself). Men and women share. They were less than adequate. There was no soap so this reviewer had to go all the way back down to the ground floor to request some and was given washing-up liquid. Hmm.
My advice to the chef: The fries could be improved, otherwise everything was nice.
My advice to the manager: The toilets need to be improved and there should always, always be plenty of soap available. I worry about what the chef uses?
Overall: Brussels is a very tough city for vegetarians. The area around the Grand Place (Grote Markt) is teeming with streets packed with restaurants but most of them specialise in mussels (the national dish). At best there is a “vegetarian option”, which is usually pasta and something dreary. This reviewer spent a long time wandering the streets looking for a “fine” restaurant and ended up at a kebab shop because the Indian restaurants were full. This street (just off the Grand Place) is worth noting because vegetarians are unlikely to find greater variety elsewhere and there was nothing wrong with the food. Vegans are also unlikely to do better than here (for a vegan restaurant see here). This reviewer would return (despite the soap situation).
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