Brussels dining: Discover the award-winning Restaurant Brugmann

BRUSSELS DINING Restaurant Brugmann
Restaurant Brugmann head chef Matthias Van Eenoo

In our latest Brussels dining Caroline Dierckx enjoys a sumptuous seventh anniversary celebration dinner at the Restaurant Brugmann with its award-winning terrace. 

Doesn’t everyone say the number seven brings good luck? For the Restaurant Brugmann it’s true, because this year head chef Matthias Van Eenoo and his whole team are happy to blow out their seventh candle.

Remember that this typical 19th century Brussels maison de maître house on the eponymous avenue, was formerly Georges Brugmann’s private property. It has kept its allure of being a private hotel with its dining rooms and lounges, its bars (inside and outside) and private spaces. And as the fine days are coming, you benefit from this magnificent terrace, which was in fact given the ‘Most beautiful terrace of 2021’ award in the Gault & Millau guide. 

It is worth noting that you can reserve a section of the terrace for a private event. Indeed, the Brugmann is very popular and often reserved for private banquets, marriages or other receptions.

To celebrate this anniversary, the chef has conjured up a very special menu that will be available until 29 May. It consists of nine courses and is priced at €128 per person. We were able to test this out before anyone else and were bowled over by the spider crab in seawater jelly; crispy Breton langoustine with Thai sauce and condiments, Pak Choi and cucumber; the half lobster with ravioli; roast in farm butter with raw and cooked baby spinach with bourbon vanilla emulsion; or, the sautéed milk-fed veal, scorzonera (black salsify), onions, new potatoes, pumpkin jus and Gillardeau oysters. A delight.

To celebrate Brugmann’s seventh anniversary, “We are putting small dishes into big ones,” Eenoo says. Giving a nod to this birthday is the publication of a BD (bande dessinée – comic book) dedicated to the tasty areas behind the scenes of a gastronomic restaurant, and which takes place at the Brugmann.

The comic strip humorously sketches amusing situations and misunderstandings experienced by both clients and staff in a place of fine dining and inventive cuisine.

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