L'Idiot du Village
Rue Notre-Seigneur 19, Brussels, 1000
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, People watching, Romance
Best for Romance - Expert review of L'Idiot du Village
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.
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.
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.
Olivier and staff were very welcoming and helpful.
In the Marolles district, just south of Place de la Chapelle.
Mains around 20 euros; the 2-course lunch is good value at 16 euros.
More information on L'Idiot du Village:
- Price guide:
- Dutch, French, Traditional
- Rue Notre-Seigneur 19, Brussels, 1000
- +32 2 502 55 82
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon—Fri 12pm—2pm & 7.30pm—11pm, closed Sat & Sun; closed for a month mid July—August.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential