Rouge Tomate

Address: Avenue Louise 190, Brussels, 1050, Belgium
Telephone: +32 02 647 70 44;

- Mid-range

4.4

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
4.4
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Service
3.7
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Food and drink
4.4
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Value for money
3.8
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Ambience
4.3
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Location
3.9
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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 [node:177452].

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • People watching
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out

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