Rue Capitaine Crespel 1, Brussels, 1050
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Art, Nightlife, Romance
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Cospaia
Cospaia is named after Italy’s oldest city (bar Sicily), but I’ve no idea why! Entering via the lantern-strewn path and high bamboo reeds you certainly feel much further east. Its moody black interior is very sexy and makes a good choice for a romantic dinner date.
The menu is a mix of modern and fusion dishes. Menus are available in French, Dutch and English and feature about four vegetarian options and a token kid’s meal — but I wouldn’t recommend coming here with young children.
Pre-dinner drinks are taken in the smooth bar, which is especially busy on ‘party’ Saturday nights from 11pm—3am. In summer, the doors to the enormous terrace (overlooking Boulevard de Waterloo) are thrown open making it an ideal place for sundowners.
The rack of lamb with a mustard crust I ordered was cooked to perfection and came with green beans in a creamy garlic sauce and potato dauphinoise in a Moroccan clay dish. I chose the molleux au chocolat with vanilla ice cream, violets and pistachio bubble for dessert — the latter two ingredients were mysteriously missing from the dish, but the melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding itself was scrumptious. I was also tempted to try the ‘Pierre Marcoloni Creation’ a chocolate cake made by Belgium’s top chocolatier served with a raspberry or orange coulis.
When I visited at lunchtime there was a lovely mix of clientele: a couple of Japanese tourists, several business groups and a father-son lunch date all chatting away quietly while smooth jazz played in the background. In the evening, when the lights are dimmed, it becomes much more romantic.
Fast, elegant and courteous.
In the south of town, a stone’s throw from Boulevard de Waterloo which forms part of the petit-ring motorway; the nearest metro station is Louise.
Starters 12—23 euros, mains 23—28 euros, dessert 10—15 euros. Evening menu three courses 45—53 euros (with/without wine), but I’d take advantage of the brilliant business lunch menu, which offers two courses for 16.95 euros or three courses for 23.90 euros.
During the day, I’d ask to be seated in the larger, bright-white dining room, which has evocative portraits of turbaned Arabs hanging from the walls. In the evening, the 10-table all-black dining room — which features wire tree sculptures — is considerably cozier.
More information on Cospaia:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Restaurant
- Fusion, Modern
- Rue Capitaine Crespel 1, Brussels, 1050
- +32 2 513 03 03
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon—Fri 12pm—2.30pm & 6pm—late, Sat 6pm—late, closed on Sun; kitchen closes 10.30pm Mon—Thurs, 11pm Fri—Sat.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times