French



Do you love French food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy French cuisine in Brussels. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Brussels restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Orphyse Chaussette, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Le Pain et le Vin. We also point out good neighborhoods for French restaurants in the Brussels - Lower Town area, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!



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Upper Town
Le Cap Sablon


 

Elegant brasserie in the Sablon district has a long-standing reputation for turning out consistently good plates of Franco-Belgian classics. A terrace out front can get very crowded on warmer summer evenings, and on weekends when shoppers get worn out from browsing the local antiques stores.


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Basil & Co


 

Was known for many years as "The Avenue", but has since been given a makeover and relaunched by head chef Andre d'Haese and his partner Martine. The fine French cuisine (although Spanish tapas also appear on the menu) is prepared to the highest standards, as befits the restaurant's location: in a sumptuously decorated classical townhouse on Avenue Louise. Closed Sunday.


7
Le Doux Wazoo


 

Popular restaurant that attracts a mixed crowd from businessmen to artists to students. The laid-back atmosphere, great French country cooking (hams, duck, crepes), and attentive service appeals to everyone, as do the prices.


6
Orphyse Chaussette


 

Top chef Philippe Renoux has brought the flavours of the Mediterranean and his native southern France to this delightful old-style bistro. The cozy dining area creates a romantic atmosphere. Dominated by a crystal chandelier and surrounded by wood and leather-pannelled walls, this is dining "à  l'ancienne". Dining space is limited, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.


5
Le Pain et le Vin


 

The cuisine at this minimalist restaurant is as simple and direct as the name itself. Despite having a decided French influence, "Bread and Wine" keeps the focus on natural flavors rather than on rich, traditional sauces that can overwhelm food. The vegetable-heavy menu features dishes like asparagus risotto with seared tuna steak, chicken ravioli with basil and parmesan, and lobster and shrimp lasagna with a light ginger sauce. Vegetarians need not fear: the kitchen will prepare suitable meals on request. The wine cellar is extensive, and wines can be ordered by the glass. During summer months, try to score a table on the terrace.


4
Upper Town


 

Minimalist white decor creates a stylish atmosphere while offering up nothing to distract the eye from the chef's elegant creations, which might include steak tartare, or lamb with artichokes and tarragon. Lola attracts a regular clientele who like to eat at the long bar counter on one side of the restaurant to exchange the latest news and gossip.


3
L'Idiot du Village


 

As the name implies, the bright and cheery "Village Idiot" is a place that doesn't take itself too seriously. Owners Olivier Le Bret and Alain Gascoin serve a delicious and eclectic mix of French and Belgian dishes in huge portions. Very popular with hip and knowing younger locals.


2
Lower Town
Jaloa


 

Smart minimalist decor with all-white furnishings and wooden floors creates a sleekly romantic air. The menu is varied but leans towards seafood; everything is delicious and prepared with the freshest ingredients.


1
Etterbeek
Le Mess


 

Located in a former arsenal, the stark contrast of white walls and dark hardwood floors is designed to recreate the ambiance of an English officer's mess from the days of the Raj, but with a modern slant. The contemporary French-Belgian cuisine has no leanings towards the past, and is based solidly around modern cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients.


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