It would be fair to call Amadeo a One-hit-wonder – they are famous for one thing, and one thing only. But, other than in pop culture, it’s not a bad thing.
We heard about the place from friends who had been to the Amadeo in Ghent years ago. They convinced us it would be worth the trip and told us about a man they met there once, who was regularly travelling from Brussels to Ghent only to go this particular restaurant.
We didn’t want to make a trip to Ghent only for a meal. But when we spotted the Amadeo in Rue Sainte-Catherine, close to Place Sainte-Catherine and Mer du Nord, we decided to give it a try. As almost everybody does, we went for the Spare Ribs “a volonte” – “all you can eat”.
From the outside and the three tables on the sidewalk, you would never guess how big the place really is inside. There’s a couple of big rooms which when we went there one sunny evening, was packed with groups – which didn’t bother us because we were lucky enough to sit outside.
The good thing about the high number of people dining there and also about the One-hit-wonder thing is that, since almost everyone orders the same, the ribs are always fresh – and you never have to wait long.
The first round consisted of a full rack of ribs, accompanied by a jacket potato and a small salad. For the rounds after that (yes, we had a couple more!) they bring you half-sized portions of the ribs, which is fine as the waiting times are short. The ribs were remarkably tasty – thanks to the sensationally good barbecue sauce they were glazed with. The jacket potato was ok, but clearly not the main attraction.
It’s great fun to go for the all-you-can-eat ribs once in a while. If you don’t like to be surrounded by big groups, make sure you get there rather early in the evening and try getting a table outside.
Amadeo, Rue Sainte-Catherine 28, Brussels // Website