When it comes to Fish & Chips, I can be a bit picky. Ok, not a bit. Very picky. Firstly, because over the years I had lots and lots of really good ones in the UK and, secondly, because I pride myself with making decent Fish & Chips myself.
So when I read about a new Chips shop in Brussels called Bia Mara (I could have sworn it was on the lovely A Bee and Toe Blog, but when I searched for it there now I couldn’t find it) I was a bit sceptical at first, but willing to give it a try.
I was not disappointed.
You could say it was love first sight – if such a thing exists with restaurants.
The place is small, but in a cosy way, and the staff was exceptionally friendly from the minute we walked in. The menu is not too big, but you still have enough to choose: fish or chicken (you can also have cheese or asparagus instead), one of the homemade sauces (Chipotle, Lemon Cajun, Garlic Truffle, …), one of the homemade salts (seaweed, balsamic & red onion, garlic & chili) – and of the sides, which include mushy peas baked beans, red slaw, lemon & fennel potato salad and, of course homemade chips.
I went for the Cajun style fish, the lemon Cajun sauce and the seaweed-salted chips – which was amongst the tastiest combinations of Fish & Chips I ever had. Especially the Cajun flavoured batter was a real treat.
Bia Mara, Rue du Marché aux Poulets 41, Brussels // www.biamara.com