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If Brussels is notorious for one thing, it’s grey skies and cold weather. And that’s partially true, you will also hear me complaining quite often about the lack of sunshine – definitely not one of the reasons why I love this city. There are a few remedies against the miserable weather though that always manage to cheer me up, like ramen. As of late, I decided to spot the best places for ramen in Brussels and Samourai has made it on the list.

Samourai Ramen is the little brother of the famous Samourai restaurant, which also specialises in Japanese cuisine. The two restaurants actually sit right opposite each other but Samourai Ramen is much more informal and overlooks the street where Belga Queen is located. The space is tiny and, true to Japanese minimalism, very simply decorated with just a few tables upstairs and a small counter at the entrance.

The menu is quite short but features all the usual suspects. On our visit my partner in crime went for our favourites: miso ramen with thin slices of pork and veggies for me and I shoyu ramen with tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) for him. Our verdict? We both loved our soups: the broth was rich, the noodles were perfectly cooked and the amount of meat was fair. If you’ve tried Umamido, expect a slightly spicier flavour. You can always add extra ingredients for a supplement but we didn’t really see the point. What really did it for me was the gyoza (Japanese dumplings filled with meat and/or vegetables) – they were tender and not too garlicky as it’s usually the case.

Having said all that, Samourai Ramen is not really cheap but the quality is there. This spot is a great sushi for a quick meal on a chilly day after shopping in the centre of Brussels or a casual dinner if you’re looking for a comforting bowl of steaming ramen.  

Address: Rue du Fossé aux Loups 28, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 2175639
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