Thursday 5 September 2013

Aux Armes De Bruxelles, rue des Bouchers, Brussels

Photos from Aux Armes de Bruxelles' web sites
One of a string of restaurants in the back streets near the Grand Place, Aux Armes De Bruxelles serves up traditional Belgian dishes to the tourists and business travellers thronging around this part of the city. The ambiance is fairly formal - with lead panes, stain glass windows, wood panelling and old-fashioned lighting and lampshades. The sea-food heavy menu features oysters and lobster, plus a good selection of starters, as well as meat and fish main courses, ranging from 18 euros to 55 euros. While you are choosing, the waiter will offer you a decent bread roll. To start, the herring marinated in white wine (about 10 euros) is fresh and tangy - it really teases the palate. It is smartly-presented, but you don't get a great deal of fish and the dish is padded out with salad and a pile of coleslaw. Among the main courses, the sirloin steak (about 25 euros) is a good choice. You get a big chunk of juicy meat, while the bĂ©arnaise sauce on the side is lovely. The steak comes with a small bowl of fat chips.. Service by the polite waiters is polished and attentive. Aux Armes De Bruxelles isn't cheap, but it does offer a fine taste of Belgian cuisine. 8/10