The sun is out, so what better reason to venture slightly outside Brussels for a night out and a visit to this restaurant, opened six months ago? Be assured, it will not disappoint. The Circuit is so called because it is situated on what, back in the 1970s, was Belgium’s Formula One track before it moved to its current home at Spa.
You sit reminded of its F1 memories, including a replica race track on the ceiling, videos pumping out F1 footage and photos galore of past and present racing stars such as James Hunt and Niki Lauda. But, of course, it is the food that really matters, and here you are promised some real ‘turbo-charged’ cuisine – all at incredibly reasonable prices.
The menu ranges from traditional brasserie dishes such as boulettes sauce tomate, frites, salade, priced at a mere €12.50 to slightly more refined (but still very affordable) items such as foie gras cuit au torchon and confiture d’oignons, plus rognon de veau. There are also some terrific steaks on the menu and, for those visiting with children, a small selection of items, priced from just €8.
It’s next to a thriving business park and also offers a well-priced business lunch. As you sit overlooking the old race paddock, your mind will wander to the halcyon days of motor racing. One thing’s for sure though: The Circuit gets the chequered flag for top-notch food.
Av Robert Schuman 1, Nivelles www.thecircuit.be