Tapas Locas
Where Brussels feels like Barcelona


Tapas  – until now I haven’t been  a big fan of them, my experiences haven’t been all that good. Normally I was served average food on a small plate at a high price. That’s why I was a bit reluctant to go to Tapas Locas (Rue du Marché au Charbon 74) . We discovered it one afternoon in town. The place looked authentic from the outside …. behind a strong wooden door with a simple sign about the opening hours – so I looked up the place on the internet. The reviews were good, very good actually. And after visiting this Tapas Bar I can  only agree with the positive reviews.

We went to Tapas Locas on a Friday – probably one of their busiest evenings. Tapas Locas opens at 7 pm – and you better get there on time (or ideally a couple of minutes earliar as there can be quite a crowd! No reservations!) People seem to know that this place is good. The prices are very reasonable (4 euros for rather large Tapas-plates). Note: One has to order a minimum of 3 plates each! But that suited us just perfectly. Together the two of us had six different dishes and, boy, it was hard to choose.

I definitely can recommend the meatballs and the squid. The grilles peppers were fabulous too. The chorizo (warm!) was a treat, but a bit too rich for one person. (You might want to share this dish.) I would not order Serrano. It was nothing special and I thought 4 euros for three or four slices of ham a bit overpriced.

If you like Sangria you might want to wash your meal down with their homemade Sangria. We were served a lemon flavoured rhum (like the Italian Limoncello) as a digestif (on the house). We like!

Tapas Locas, Rue du Marché au Charbon 74, Brussels // www.tapaslocas.be