When Walid Halabi and his wife, Charla, owners of Paris Pied á Terre, go on one of their frequent antiques-buying trips to Brussels, they also look forward to the city’s buzzing, multi-cultural dining scene. Here, Walid shares some of his favorites.
Food in Brussels goes beyond take-away frites. The city has a reputation for serving up sophisticated food of many cultures. One of Charla and my favorites is Notos, offering a nouvelle cuisine take on traditional Greek food in a high-ceilinged room with wide-planked wooden floors and a trendy clientele. Even though we may have emptied our pockets buying up the 20th- century treasures we’ve found during our day, we always treat ourselves to a plate of Notos’ tender, mint-flavored lamb and Charla’s favorite dish of fava beans with coriander. Oh, and a trip to Brussels is never complete without a pit-stop at the Place des Sablons in the heart of the city’s antiques district. Here, clustered around a bustling, cobblestoned square are three of the city’s most celebrated chocolatiers: Godiva, Neuhaus and Pierre Marcolini (pictured above). Although the idea is always to bring an edible souvenir of Brussels home to the kids, Charla and I can’t help but sample a creamy chocolate or two on the train back to Paris.
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