Belga Queen

Price guide: Expensive

Rue Fossé aux Loups 32, Brussels, 1000

Price guide: Expensive

Main dining room

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#6 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Stag / hen parties, Art, Design and architecture, Nightlife, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Belga Queen

Infamous Brussels brasserie which attracts the crème de la crème.

Belga Queen is the baby of interior designer Antoine Pinto — the same chap responsible for the decoration of the public areas in Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. To be honest his job was pretty much done for him: the restaurant occupies the former Credit du Nord bank and retains the jaw-dropping original stained-glass vaulted ceiling. Head here for an all-in-one evening of cocktails and fine-dining followed by cigars and boogie in the basement afterwards.

Food and drink: 

Belgian cuisine with a modern twist: loin of lamb with a Ghent-mustard crust and rosemary cream sauce, for example.

Ambience: 

I have to admit it’s all very swanky. You enter through a columned walkway: on your left, with lobsters milling around in tanks, is the Oyster Bar; on your right is the under-lit Beer Bar. This opens out on the grand dining room with the stunning original stained-glass ceiling. God knows why they felt the need to suspend a giant flashing red heart sculpture in the middle of the roof? Some of the other artworks, like a giant silver horse, are a bit kooky too. Tables are lent some intimacy with individual lamps and laid-back leather chairs.

During the day, it’s mainly used for business lunches, but a nice buzz starts to build around 10pm when the resident DJ arrives to host a set in the ‘Belgian Congo’ club located downstairs in the old bank vault.

Service: 

Staff are very professional.

Location: 

Five-minute walk from the Grand-Place; a stone’s throw from Place de la Monnaie. De Brouckère is the nearest metro station.

Price advice: 

The best time to visit is at lunch when there are fewer bookings and the three-course business lunch (16 euros) offers exceptional value for money. Otherwise, evening menus range from 36 to 50 euros; standalone mains cost 21—32 euros.

Other useful branches: 

Its sister restaurant overlooks the Graslei canal in Ghent.

More information on Belga Queen:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, French, Traditional
Address:
Rue Fossé aux Loups 32, Brussels, 1000
Telephone:
+32 2 217 21 87
Website:
http://www.belgaqueen.be
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Restaurant: Mon—Sun 12pm—2.30pm & 7pm—midnight; bar: Mon—Sat 12pm—1am, Sun 12pm—midnight; nightclub: Mon—Sat 7pm—4am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
design

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