Avenue Louise 190, Brussels, 1050
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, People watching, Trendiness
Expert review of Rouge Tomate
Brussels in only the second city in the world to have a Rouge Tomate: a health-conscious fine-dining concept imported from New York.
All dishes are prepared according to SPE standards. Get ready for the science: SPE stands for ‘Sanitas Per Escam’ (Health Through Food) a nutritional programme developed by dieticians and chefs. All ingredients are sourced locally and seasonally, and tampered with as little as possible to maintain maximum nutritional value. When I visited the menu featured: cod with celery, radishes, Ostend grey shrimp, black grapes and tarragon, and Aalst-raised chicken with green and white asparagus, mushrooms, and foie gras drizzled in wine gravy.
The organic wines were selected by Pascaline Lepeltier; runner-up in the Best Sommelier in France competition in 2008.
The front half of the restaurant is a fresh and vibrant mix of white walls and red accents; the back dining room is decked out in wood and more relaxed. There’s also a spacious terrace out the back. Very popular with health-conscious fashionable types.
The glamorous waitresses and waiters can be a bit rude and inattentive.
In the Ixelles district, just down the road from The White Hotel.
Starters 16—24 euros; mains 18—29 euros; desserts 10 euros. They offer two lunch menus: the ‘from the market’, which costs 15 euros and includes a main course and a coffee; and the ‘balanced business menu’ which costs 22 euros and includes a starter, a main and a coffee.
If you’re visiting in summer, ask if there’s a table available on the terrace — it’s a lovely space to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
More information on Rouge Tomate:
- Price guide:
- Fusion, Modern
- Avenue Louise 190, Brussels, 1050
- +32 02 647 70 44;
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon—Fri 12pm—2.30pm & 7pm—10.30pm, Sat 7pm—10.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times