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Great Boudin noir/ Boudin Blanc in Belgium?

I would go for Viva M'Boma in Brussels, they have good ones. Their sandwich shop nearby also sells them if you prefer to cook yourself.

Jun 18, 2011
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Belgium Ale and Blue Cheese- WOW!

Charles Quint fits perfectly with blue. http://www.charlesquint.be/index_en.html
Many of the trappist abbeys also produce cheese (I think they don't ship it), I don't have to mention the cheese "Chimay à la bière" was created to match a Chimay Red. Old Gouda cheese teams up well with Westmalle Tripel.

Jun 13, 2011
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Ghent. (Gent.) Lunch. Monday. Where? (Eel?)

For the best eel ('paling'), you'll have to go outside the town. Drive for 40 min. and go to Siphon (http://www.siphon.be/), a classic for eel. Sint-Jan-in-Eremo is another small village that specializes in Eel. Elmare or Roste Muis serve good eel. Don't expect anything fancy, but simple, great food. A list of all eel restaurants in that place: http://www.sint-laureins.be/toerisme/...

If you prefer to stay in Gent, surprise yourself and check au-bain.be !

May 18, 2011
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First trip to Brussels: Looking for wide range of recommendations

As Diegem is near Vilvoorde, it might be a good idea to go to restaurant De Kuiper over there. They're specialised in horse steak with salad and fries. This is amongst the best meals you can have in Belgium. Very authentic and very good.

As for Brussels, there's indeed a lot on this board already. If you want top Japanese, I would recommend Nonbe Daigaku, for top Italian Senza Nome. For meat lovers, La Paix is the place to go - but they only serve lunch. La marée is a good fish place. If you want to spend all lot of $$$ , you can spend them well at Comme Chez Soi.
I personally could go every night to Restaurant Henri (Belgian with a twist) and Friture René (authentic, simple Belgian food) . For a simple yet nice meal SteakFrit is quite ok. If you stay away from restaurants on the Grande Place (except for 't Kelderke) and La Bourse, you're already halfway on enjoying great restaurants.

Feb 12, 2011
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Need Recommendations for restaurants in Bruges please. So far have a very short list of choices.

In de Wulf is unique! It's the perfect mix of the Copenhague-style kitchen and El Bulli. If you go for dinner, I can recommend you to stay a night at In de Wulf. You will be glad not to have to take the (long) way back, the surroundings are wonderful and the breakfast in the morning is great.

It's a shame, but I never went to C-Jean. I somehow heared too many mixed opinions on it. A new place in Ghent is Volta and has also a young, very talented chef in the kitchen. The scenery is fantastic and it's good value for money.

And for shopping: In Bruges go for The Chocolate Line (incredible chocolates) and in Ghent for real authentic Tierentyn mustard.

Jan 28, 2011
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Need Recommendations for restaurants in Bruges please. So far have a very short list of choices.

Honestly, both are excellent and choosing between them is really hard. The cuisine of Hertog Jan might be a bit more international than De Jonkman. I somehow prefer the atmosphere of De Jonkman, of which I think the price/quality ratio is unbeatable in this high segment of cooking.

Jan 28, 2011
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Need Recommendations for restaurants in Bruges please. So far have a very short list of choices.

You either love or hate Siphon. I think you should give it a chance. The surrounding area is really nice and the eel is amongst the best you can have. Next to that they have a wonderful yet very affordable wine list. People who don't love it say the kitchen is too traditional and the restaurant is too big. But I like the charm of it - there's a reason why the restaurant is always full.

Next to this, you really should try one of the starred restaurant from some of the young prodigies. I can heavily recommend De Jonkman, that serves a wonderful mix of local ingredients and modern techniques. Hertog Jan is another place that is aiming high and really is great. If you like it more traditional, try De Karmeliet or its bistro De Refter or Den gouden Harynck. These places are not cheap, but what you'll have on your plate will be unforgettable.

Jan 27, 2011
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Brussels Restaurant Recommendations

I think the typical Brussels 'brasseries' are the best answer to your question. In most of them, you can eat late and have drinks afterwards. In the area of your hotel La Roue d'Or is a Brussels classic. Great atmosphere, typical food and a bit of surrealism. I guess you might also like Steak Frit (www.steakfrit.be), a new concept that serves Belgian cuisine and specializes in our national dish n° 1 steak + fries. A good place to have dinner with a co-worker I think.
In case you have to work really late, you'll be glad there is Le chat noir (http://www.restolechatnoir.be/).

As for drinks, choice is unlimited in Brussels. There are the typical beer pubs like Delirium Café, Moeder Lambik or Le Bier Circus. Just go and discover a nice pub in the St-Géry area or around Châtelain.

Dec 30, 2010
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Brussels Sports Bar/Pub

On Beursplein - near Grand Place - there is O'Reilly's Irish pub. They broadcast a lot of sports. Check http://oreillys.nl/brussels/sports.html

A sports bar that is very popular with expats, is Fat Boys. It's at Luxemburgplein in the heart of the European quarter. http://www.fatboys-be.com/index.php?o...

Dec 30, 2010
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Where to eat in Antwerp, Belgium?

Antwerp has a very good culinary scene. in different styles. You can go to Finjan for something very simple. It's a shawarma place mentioned in Gault Millau and raving for the moment. I pretty much like Fiskebar, a simple place for great fish in a nice atmosphere. If you like wine, you should check Pazzo. For Japanese, I prefer Fuji San. For the nice scenery I can recommend Het Zuiderterras, you can't eat closer to the river than here. Het Gebaar is a great lunchplace, especially known for desserts. Ferran Adria is a big fan. If you want something typically local and simple, try Rode Zeven. And if you want to go fancy: spend your euros at Dome. Enjoy Antwerp. And have a coffee at Coffee Nation.

Dec 16, 2010
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Brussels and Amsterdam around Christmas

For Brussels, this topic sums it up quite well:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7463...

I can add Aux Armes de Bruxelles and Vincent to that list for some proper Belgian food.

Dec 07, 2010
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Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels - Cheap and Cheerful

There's a relatively new lunchplace in Bruges called Tête Pressée. It's outside of the city center, but offers a genuine yet modern lunch. I think it's really good value for money. Since the place is at an ancient butchery, they specialize in all kinds of meat.

I agree Ghent is a great town but not a culinary hotspot yet. Buy some specialties at Groot Vleeshuis and Tierenteyn mustard around the Groentenmarkt. For cheap and cheerful food, I like Chez Léontine (also close to that square) and very simple, local place De Lieve. These won't blow you away maybe, but you'll have a very good meal for a very fair price.

For Moules Frites: check the Moules Frites topic.

Nov 24, 2010
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Moules Frites in Brussels

I agree on these places. Not in the city center but very good for mussels and fries is Friture René at the Place de la Résistance.

Nov 24, 2010
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Restaurant Den Gouden Harynck in Brugge

It must have been May 2007. The restaurant lies behind the Groeninge museum right in the center, in a very charming part of the city.

Sep 28, 2010
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What shouldn't be missed in Bruge, Gent, Brussels? (food, beer, etc)

I don't know what kind of restaurants etc you are looking for, but Bruges has some Michelin-starred restaurants that are really good. If you can afford it, check De Karmeliet (or otherwise De Refter, the cheaper bisto-version next door), Hertog Jan, De Jonkman or De Herborist. They won't disappoint you. Check The Chocolate Line for fabulous chocolate (you'll get the same at the star restaurants). Trappist breweries are always inside abbeys, that's why you can't visit them. But De Halve Maan (http://www.halvemaan.be) - the city brewery of Bruges - makes a perfect alternative. Den Dyver serves a special beer menu, which is really good.

For local specialities, I can recommend Chez Leontine in Gent (fantastic beer list by the way). Het Trappistenhuis is a very nice pub to discover Belgian beers.

The choice in Brussels is overwhelming for food. Viva M'Boma is surprising. To combine great fries with typical Belgian food (great mussels) & atmosphere, go to Friture René. Go to Cantillon to taste the best geuze in the world.

Sep 11, 2010
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Restaurant Den Gouden Harynck in Brugge

It's about 3 years ago I had dinner there and I loved it. Everyone I know went there was pleased, Den Gouden Harynck is the kind of restaurant that never disappoints. It's original, but doesn't want to be trendy. The chef's knowledge of herbs is amazing and he knows to balance them really well. The atmosphere is nice and the food fantastic. The details fit as well: a good sommelier who pairs very nice wines and a perfect cheese platter for instance. Go and taste it!

Sep 06, 2010
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Brugge and Vigo

In Bruges, check De Refter. It's the affordable version of 3-star restaurant De Karmeliet next door. Great Flemish food and way more affordable than De Karmeliet. You might need to make a reservation though.

http://www.bistrorefter.com/flash.htm

Sep 04, 2010
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Ghent grub

I guess Chez Leontine might be the place you're looking for. Their Gentse stoverij (Ghent stew) is fantastic, the Waterzooi (another Ghent speciality) also very good. You won't leave hungry nor bankrupt. Moreover, they have a great beer list! If you're lucky enough, you can eat outside, next to a small canal.

Sep 04, 2010
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Brussel's chocolate

In Bruges, go for The Chocolate Line. Their chocolates are being served in Belgium's best restaurants and you'll discover why. Chocolate line is awesome! I also agree on Marcolini. Great stuff, and don't forget to taste his chunks of chocolate, perfect!

Sep 04, 2010
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