L'Ecailler du Palais Royal

Address: Rue Bodenbroek 18, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 512 87 51

- Expensive

4.6

Refined seafood restaurant with an impeccable reputation.

This unassuming, intimate French restaurant sits quietly but confidently on the chic Grand Sablon square. It’s been serving top-notch seafood for over 43 years and has developed a loyal local following. You’ll need to book several days in advance to dine here at the weekends.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
4.6
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Food and drink

They concentrate their efforts on serving high-quality, seasonal fish dishes. The presentation isn’t always top-notch, but by god is the food good.

Recommended dishes

There are a handful of house specialities, but here less really is more so I’d opt for the classic sole meunière.

Ambience

The air is infused with the rich aroma of creamy fish sauce. The faded-green décor of the downstairs dining room borders on twee, but upstairs is decorated in a livelier shade of red and has views of Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon. During the day, businesspeople come here to impress their clients, and in the evening mature couples come for anniversary dinners and other special occasions.

Service

The blue-apron gentlemen waiters are a tad serious, but incredibly professional.

Location

On the stately Grand Sablon square, opposite Le Pain Quotiden bakery, in the south of town.

Price advice

Mains range from 30 euros to 65 euros — unless you opt for the Royal Belgian caviar, then you’re straight into triple figures. The oysters start at 35 euros for nine, while the cockles are a bit more affordable at 12.50 for six. Puddings are pricey at 11 euros.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Special occasions

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