BIEN BELGE LIVING LOUNGE
Contrary to other cities, having dinner at a hotel in Brussels is not a very common thing for the locals, especially since we are so spoilt for choice! Yet after trying the afternoon tea cakes at The Hotel with Brussels Food Friends (which I’m still dreaming about by the way!) and the cooking classes at The Chatelain Boutique Hotel, I was very curious to try Bien Belge Living Lounge, the restaurant at The Hilton hotel, with my friend Elena.
Bien Belge Living Lounge is located on the ground floor of the Hilton in Place Rogier, just a short walk off Rue Neuve, one of Brussels’ main shopping streets. The restaurant is connected to the bar area and is not too big but still spacious enough and really calm. As expected from a hotel chain of this caliber, the interior is stylish and modern but in this case a bit cold too, so probably not the ideal spot for a romantic date. After we were warmly greeted by the staff, we were led to our table and kicked off our dinner with a glass of champagne.
The menu is not extensive but changes according to the season and features some rather tempting dishes, including a few Belgian specialties. We both started with a green salad topped with lobster croquettes which was easily my favourite dish of the evening. As you probably know, I love grey shrimp croquettes, so this more upscale version of the Belgian specialty was right up my alley! The salad was rich and came in such a generous portion that could have as well been a main. But of course, we didn’t stop there! My main was another Belgian classic with a twist (confit of lamb shank with thyme, Bella potatoes and Rochefort beer sauce) which was beautifully presented, while my friend went for a fish dish (cod with hazelnut butter carrot stoemp and mushrooms). Although we were pretty full, we still couldn’t resist having dessert: poached apples with vanilla ice cream for me and a sumptuous chocolate fondant for my partner in crime for the night.
After a lot of girl talk and a few glasses of wine, we agreed it was time to call it a night. Overall, I liked Bien Belge Living Lounge. It may be not be the coziest restaurant I’ve been to and certainly not the cheapest but the food was really well prepared and we didn’t feel rushed at all despite spending a few good hours there. I would probably come back with colleagues next time as Bien Belge Living Lounge also offers a business lunch on weekdays which seems really good value.
|Address: Place Charles Rogier 20, 1210 Saint-Josse, Belgium|
|Telephone: +32 2 2033125|