Saturday 6 February 2010

Brussels Grill, Place Rogier, Brussels

Surrounded by big hotels, the Brussels Grill's in-your-face neon signage and comfort food pulls in tourists and particularly business travellers by the dozen. There are plenty of closely-packed tables, but even on a Monday night, you may have to wait 20 minutes to be seated in amongst the legions of besuited executives. While you wait, you can have a beer (2.70 euros for a small glass of pilsner) at the compact circular bar. If you pay at the time, be careful it doesn't also end up on your table bill. The safe and static food menu, complete with photographs, leaves little room for imagination or daily specials.  Steaks, with chips and salad, start at about 16 euros before tax, but there are plenty of other staple dishes, such as grilled salmon and chips, caesar salad or spaghetti. The rich and filling stoofvlees (a Belgian beef stew with carrots, costing about 14 euros), also served with skinny chips, mayonnaise and salad, is a good choice on a cold, winter evening. If you have a couple of the decent free bread rolls, that will probably be enough to fill you up. An unashamed tourist trap, Brussels Grill is okay at what it does. 5/10