Asian Restaurants. Not an easy subject to discuss. Some prefer the down to earth, slightly tacky “classical” Chinese restaurant; others go for top of the range Thai-Cuisine (with the according prices). And then there is your Takeaway which doesn’t really exist (not like in English or American towns). Personally we like the mid-range Asian restaurants: Good food, reasonable prices, comfortable atmosphere but not too stiff.
After doing some research we came across Mely Meli. It is near Montgomery, situated on the Chaussée de Louvain (Nr. 523) – an area which we mostly only pass in the car. The online-reviews sounded good, so we decided to give it a try. And it was worth it.
We reserved a table just in case. It wasn’t necessary, but it was a normal Wednesday night and the place was 90 percent full. The staff was very patient. Sometimes I can be difficult ordering: “Is this fried?”, “Is this nice and spicy?”, “Does it come with lots of vegetables?” Philipp was a lot simpler: He saw a steaming hotpot on the next table and said: “I will go for that.”
That was Bipimbap. A fantastic mix of beef, vegetables, rice, topped with a fried egg, which the waiter cuts in front of you and mixes into the dish. Oh, and it was yummy and spicy! I had a fantastic Beef-Stirfry – with additional vegetables in a spicy sauce. It was delicious, and a good portion too.
Raving on about the main dishes I nearly forgot to mention the starters. We had a lovely selection of dim sum: Ten different little dumplings in a steamer basket. Nicely presented on some greens.
And then there is the wine: They offer very reasonable house wine; we had a half-bottle of Rosé for 5 euro.
So there really was nothing (!!) to complain about at this place. I just wish it were closer to our place. I am counting the days till our next visitors come and I can take them to Meli Mely.
Meli Mely, Chaussée de Louvain 523, Brussels // Website