L'Idiot du Village

Address: Rue Notre-Seigneur 19, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 502 55 82

- Expensive

4.8

Delectable French food served in a romantic setting.

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.

Food and drink
4.7
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.7
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Value for money
4.5
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Ambience
4.8
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Location
4.6
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Food and drink

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

Olivier and staff were very welcoming and helpful.

Location

In the Marolles district, just south of Place de la Chapelle.

Price advice

Mains around 20 euros; the 2-course lunch is good value at 16 euros.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Art

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