The name of this landmark Brussels resto, part of the esteemed Blue Elephant Group, fittingly translates as “gateway to India”.There may not be that many Indian restaurants in the city but, really, who needs them with places like this? If you don´t believe us, listen to Mick Jagger. Yes, he of Rolling Stones fame. La Porte was the place of dining for old rubber lips the day before he entertained thousands at the Werchter festival this summer.
When it comes to Indian cuisine this is as good as it gets. The food is served in an opulent atmosphere of exotic flowers, lush plants and exquisite antiques. Just stepping inside the place is like stepping back to the British Raj.
But don’t come expecting a cheap curry washed down with a pint of beer. The fare served here is of a rather higher standard, cooked by some of Europe’s top-notch Indian chefs with all dishes prepared with the highest quality ingredients.
Having said that, the eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet, every Thursday and Saturday evening, is particularly great value. Alternatively, try the house Thalis, small portions of main courses. Unlike a lot of Indian restaurants, vegetarians are also particularly well catered for here. As well as musical legends, this fine restaurant attracts some of the Brussels’ best-known personalities and EU figures and little wonder.
After one visit you are sure to be hooked on this unique taste of the Indian sub continent. A real Brussels institution.
La Porte des Indes
Avenue Louise 455 , Brussels
Tel: 02 647 8651