Cospaia

Address: Rue Capitaine Crespel 1, Brussels, 1050, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 513 03 03

- Expensive

4.8

Chic Arabian-themed restaurant serving elegant modern/fusion fare.

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.

Food and drink
4.7
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.2
90%

Food and drink

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.
 

Recommended dishes

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

Fast, elegant and courteous.

Location

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.

Price advice

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.

Tables to book

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Art

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