L'Idiot du Village

Price guide: Expensive

Rue Notre-Seigneur 19, Brussels, 1000

Price guide: Expensive

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#3 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, People watching, Romance

Best for Romance - Expert review of L'Idiot du Village

Delectable French food served in a romantic setting.

Established over 15 years ago by host Olivier le Bret and chef Alain Gascoin, this secluded, shabby chic restaurant shelters in the shadow of the Palais du Justice and has entertained celebrities, government ministers, and even the Belgian king and queen, who come for the inventive menus.

Food and drink: 

Choose from handwritten menus offering the likes of warm foie gras in vanilla and milk veal sauce, and iced meringue with caramel and salt. All served on elegant white-and-blue motif porcelain plates.

Ambience: 

Enter through the thick velvet curtain and you’re immediately struck by the intimacy of the place — there’s only space for 35 people — and the low lights make it very romantic. Old wooden desks serve as tables and there’s lots of exposed brick walls and funky chandeliers. During the day it’s popular with businessmen; come nightfall it’s mainly romantic couples.

Service: 

Olivier and staff were very welcoming and helpful.

Location: 

In the Marolles district, just south of Place de la Chapelle.

Price advice: 

Mains around 20 euros; the 2-course lunch is good value at 16 euros.

More information on L'Idiot du Village:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, French, Traditional
Address:
Rue Notre-Seigneur 19, Brussels, 1000
Telephone:
+32 2 502 55 82
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon—Fri 12pm—2pm & 7.30pm—11pm, closed Sat & Sun; closed for a month mid July—August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

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