Summer is here, which means it is time not only for a vacation, but – at least when you are in Brussels – also time to go and treat yourself to some fresh mussels. Moules Frites is a national dish in Belgium, and even though you might find picking the mussel meat out of their shells a tiny bit disgusting at first, let me assure you that it is well worth a try.
Here is our list of 5 of the Best Places to eat Moules Frites in Brussels.
You could say that Le Zinneke (pictured above) is for mussels what Delirium is for beers: Hands down the most varieties on offer. 70 different sauces are to be found on the menu – ranging from the classics (“nature”, “provencale” or with white wine, for example) to the exotic, including a number of beer-based sauces. We love the moules here, especially when the weather is nice enough to sit in the back garden. You can read our full review of Le Zinneke here.
Around the church of Saint Catherine is an abundance of restaurants offering seafood and, of course, mussels. We have come to like La Boussole the best here: Relaxed atmosphere, great food and the proximity to the city centre make for a nice evening in town. Find our full review of La Boussole here.
Au Vieux Bruxelles
A fixture on the ever-changing Place Saint Boniface, this is one of the best places in Brussels to get traditional Belgian food without at the same time getting busloads of tourists. Still, this is a well-known, well-liked and thus well-visited place, so make sure to book a table! Our full review of Au Vieux Bruxelles can be found here.
This might just be the most stylish place to go for Moules Frites: Housed inside a former hardware store, this resto is a rather posh place in the expat-dominated area around Place Chatelain. It’s well suited for special occasions or a romantic dinner for two. There is a very affordable business lunch on offer Monday to Friday, with the menu changing every week. Right now, mussels are an option for the business lunch menu; more in our full review here.
Le Chou de Bruxelles
The countless depictions of Manneken Pis – he’s even in their logo, which is printed on the windows – is a sure sign that you will find typical Belgian food here, along with a couple of tourists, though not in huge crowds. The food is great here, and while the variety of mussels is not quite as overwhelming as it is at Le Zinneke, the ~30 sauces will give you plenty of choice. The homemade fries are a plus. You can read more in our full review of Le Chou de Bruxelles here.