Rue Fossé aux Loups 32, Brussels, 1000
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Expert review of Belga Queen
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.
Belgian cuisine with a modern twist: loin of lamb with a Ghent-mustard crust and rosemary cream sauce, for example.
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.
Staff are very professional.
Five-minute walk from the Grand-Place; a stone’s throw from Place de la Monnaie. De Brouckère is the nearest metro station.
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.
Its sister restaurant overlooks the Graslei canal in Ghent.
More information on Belga Queen:
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- Bar, Restaurant
- Dutch, French, Traditional
- Rue Fossé aux Loups 32, Brussels, 1000
- +32 2 217 21 87
- 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:
- Essential at peak times
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