TAKUMI

Rue Lesbroussart may just be the yummiest street in Brussels right now as it brings together great foodie spots like AMI, Umamido, Le Petit CanonLes Super Filles du Tram and from now on Takumi, a Japanese-inspired restaurant that has already become a favourite of mine! 

The menu is short but delicious. I actually prefer restaurants that do only a few things but really well and this is true for Takumi. Their gyoza (Japanese homemade dumplings) are homemade, accompanied by their special condiment with soy sauce, sesame oil and vinegar and are easily the best I’ve had in Brussels so far. The dough has the right texture and is generously filled with chicken, pork with ginger or kimchi, i.e. spicy marinated cabbage, a typical Korean dish. Depending on how hungry your are, you can order six, eight or ten of the same kind. The main dishes comprise different donburi, rice bowl dishes topped with meat and vegetables, plus a vegetarian option. My partner in crime and I tried the tsukune (caramelised minced chicken balls) and the niku miso (Minced pork with miso and ginger) – both really good and highly recommended. I was also tempted by the karaage (marinated fried chicken) but this will have to wait until my next visit!

The portions in Takumi are quite filling but do leave time for dessert, especially if you fancy eating ice cream with chopsticks. Yep, you’ve read right: here you can find mochi ice cream, a Japanese sweet treat made from pounded sticky rice with ice cream filling. Try the passion fruit and green tea ones and you won’t be disappointed! The lunch menu is also great value: for 13€ you get three gyoza and a donburi – a healthy option if you resist the chicken fried burger that’s also available during lunch time. 

The space is small and narrow so there are just a few tables crammed in and it can get a bit noisy at peak hours. I wouldn’t necessarily pick this spot for a romantic dinner but rather a casual meal with friends. Make sure you arrive early as they don’t take reservations and while you wait, have some jasmine and lemongrass ice tea, it’s super light and refreshing!

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Address: Rue Lesbroussart 8, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
Telephone: +32 488 430442
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)

  • MissLilly

    Looks really delicious!

  • Is Brussels going through a food revolution? Sounds scrumptious!

    • It definitely is and I couldn’t be happier – lots of new spots to try and share! You have to visit Brussels soon, I would love to take you on a food tour around all the great places 🙂

  • Such beautiful pictures Sandy, you’re making me hungry 🙂

    • Thank you so much! This one is a great addition in the area – I keep dreaming about these gyoza!!

  • Chakoko

    disappointing, went a few days ago, unauthentic food but I wouldn’t mind if it was tasty. It wasn’t

    • I’m really sorry you didn’t enjoy it 🙁 I don’t think the food is meant to be authentic Japanese but rather Japanese-inspired. Do you have any favorite Japanese restaurants in Brussels? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

      • Chakoko

        No worries, I really like your site , discovered lots of cool stuff on it.
        I am afraid you covered most of the Japanese options I know of in Brussels.
        The only one that is not in there is Ajiyoshi
        (Quai aux Briques 32). You should check it out.
        Let me know if you need a foodie companion 😉 always happy to go there

        • I have it on my to-do list but every time I call to book a table it’s already full. There must be a reason I guess, so I can’t wait to finally go there and report back 🙂

          • Chakoko

            Try Maru, my favorite Korean bibimpap in town

            • I was there a few weeks ago and will do a post about it soon – really nice place indeed!! 🙂