When I first heard that a new fish n’ chips restaurant had opened in the centre of Brussels, I just couldn’t resist checking it out and treating myself to a generous portion – all for the sake of the blog, of course! Bia Mara, which stands for seafood in Irish, is a sustainable fish n’ chips restaurant whose motto is “Eat more fish”. And, believe me, you will after trying their food!
On my first visit (there have been several more since then as it’s one of my favourite lunch spots in Brussels) I had the day’s classic special – haddock with homemade tartar sauce and seaweed salted potato wedges. The fish was deliciously crispy on the outside, juicy beneath the crust and the sauce to die for. I would have liked a bit less chips in exchange for more fish, but maybe it’s just me. Since it was a guilt-free lunch, I convinced my companions to get the selection of sauces (loved the garlic truffle one!) together with a side of delish mashed mint peas. Prices are reasonable (around €12 per portion), the interior has an industrial feel and the service is friendly – very rare and much appreciated in Brussels!
Bia Mara has also a lovely terrace, ideal for people watching, especially on sunny days. After your meal you can pop by Peck 47, a cozy cafe opened by the same owners just a few steps away, for coffee or dessert before you stroll around the Grand Place.
|Address: Rue du Marché aux Poulets 41, 1000 Brussels, Belgium|
|Telephone: +32 2 5020061|
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