Brussels dining: Steigenberger Wiltcher & Le Rendez-vous


In our regular Brussels dining pages we recommend offer two more venues.

Steigenberger Wiltcher
You may be laying in bed on Sunday morning, reading this over a coffee and thinking about what to do for the rest of the day. Hey, it’s Brussels, and there are a thousand things you could be doing. However, anyone who is anyone is brunching these days. Without a doubt, the classiest and tastiest brunch of the lot is at the Steigenberger Wiltcher on Avenue Louise.

Held in the elegant Loui Bar and out on the quiet La Terrasse overlooking the courtyard, brunch is a veritable treasure trove for foodies and people who want to kick back in style on a Sunday. Chat while your complimentary glass of champagne arrives. Take your time and when ready, head to one of the food stations to choose your first plate.

This is no formulaic brunch – choose whatever you like and have as much as you want. Start with oysters and a Virgin Mary (or ask the waiters to bring you the real thing), continue on through a wide selection of seafood, then savour freshly roasted meat with a rich and unctuous gravy. Finish off with some premium dried meats and cheeses.

Eat in style and drift off to the sounds of the live piano man. Bon appetit!
Colin Moors
Photo: Steigenberger Wiltcher

brussels diningBrasserie Le Rendez-vous
When you are out and about at night in Brussels, it’s no easy feat to find something good to eat later on in the evening. Well, this place serves last orders at two in the morning.

Italian Vito Viterbo arrived in Belgium at the age of five and has always worked in the field of Horeca. The restaurant has been open for 40 years and has just been spruced up. If you like space to eat in comfort, Le Rendez-vous is perfect (it’s very attractive to larger groups). In fact, pride of place has been given to a grand piano which guests can tinkle away at.

I started with the excellent prawns in garlic then had the rich Ossobuco alla Romano which was on the day’s specials menu. My dining partner went very Belgian with cheese croquettes and hefty chevre chaud salad. And there’s a broad wine list to choose from.

It serves food all day – you can come in during the day and order à la carte. It’s just a two-minute walk from Louise metro, off rue Jourdan.
Paul Morris