Rouge Tomate

Price guide: Mid-range

Avenue Louise 190, Brussels, 1050

Price guide: Mid-range

By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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#18 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Brussels
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Rouge Tomate

Organic ‘slow’ food in contemporary surroundings.

Brussels in only the second city in the world to have a Rouge Tomate: a health-conscious fine-dining concept imported from New York.

Food and drink: 

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.
 

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

The glamorous waitresses and waiters can be a bit rude and inattentive.

Location: 

In the Ixelles district, just down the road from The White Hotel.

Price advice: 

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.

Tables to book: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Modern
Address:
Avenue Louise 190, Brussels, 1050
Telephone:
+32 02 647 70 44;
Website:
http://www.rougetomate.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon—Fri 12pm—2.30pm & 7pm—10.30pm, Sat 7pm—10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Rouge Tomate? Would you recommended it?