Eating my way through a city is not uncommon, especially in a city where the food is part of the culture. I love to eat, and love to learn about culture; Brussels was just one of those cities that had it all. This is a city where I could go back to again, and eat my way through on just chocolates and cookies alone.
From eating TRUE Belgian Chocolates from a 100 year old chocolatier, to working my way through a mess of mayo on top of my fries, my list of “What I ate in BRUSSELS – A Food Journal”.
Fries and MAYO at Fritland
The first time I heard that eating French fries with mayo was a thing in Belgium, I thought that it was something I would never do. Fast forward 25 years later, I am doing just that. Eating a large cone of French fries with a globule of mayonnaise on top.
The French fries were very delicious, hot and crispy, just how they should be. As for the mayo, there was so much of it that I do not think I could ever eat Mayo again- just kidding. Well, next time I was ask for a little side of Belgium mayo.
Dinner at The Dominican Hotel
While staying at The Dominican Hotel in central Brussels, I dipped into their swanky restaurant for dinner on my first night in the city. The hotel was quite posh, and in turn the food was posh, down to the individually wrapped butter.
For starters, I ordered the mushroom soup which was very creamy and flavorful. I feel it was the right lead up for the remarkable dish that awaited me.
If you know me or have read several of my food blogs, you know that I am a Foie devotee. I love it all from seared to torchon. This time around I ordered the Foie Gras with mango chutney, pistachio, and waffles- it was heavenly and divine. I certainly considered it a level up from American Chicken and Waffles.
The Oldest Biscuit Baker in Brussels
That was one major selling point for me visiting this establishment, besides my devotion for a good biscuit (cookie). Maison Dandoy is a block from the Grand Place, and it is open quite early for those looking for a sweet topped waffle. I was here for the biscuits, although the waffles looked enticing.
There is a Tea Room upstairs that I suggest that you visit for a sit down experience of Tea and Biscuits. I decided on the Elder Berry Tea with assorted biscuits, that came at an inexpensive price of €6.50. I was able to enjoy all the cookies that I eyed downstairs behind the glass. Every cookie was delicious, buttery, and perfect. The server described each cookie, and I honestly cannot pick which was my favorite. All of them were very tasty, and I think you need to decide which one you like best.
Oysters at the Famous Chez Leon
Yes, this is a Brussels tourist trap but it is an old tourist trap. It has been around since the early 1890s serving those Mussels from Brussels, so I had to come in. Funny thing, I did not order the mussels although I definitely love them. I was so stuffed from the course of the day that I ordered the raw oysters instead. This will not my last time in Brussels, and I will make sure that I come back in for their Brussels mussels and fries.
I was given a bread basket which I started off with, and then ended my meal with a caffe, to burn everything off. In between both bread and my espresso, were the oysters. I ordered two from the North and two from the South, both were fresh and very delicious. I would not mind ordering them again when I come back for my mussels from Brussels and fries.
A Belgian Waffle in Belgium
I wanted to eat a Belgian Waffle while in Belgium, like everyone else who visits this city. I decided to check out the Waffle Factory only because I walked by it, and said to myself “Get a waffle”. There were so many waffle places in Brussels that it can be overwhelming. I had a long day of eating, and I just wanted to try out a simple waffle without all the sweet or savory toppings offered.
I ended up ordering a plain Belgian waffle with white powdered sugar. It was good and different from what we consider a Belgian waffle in the states, which is an enormous sized waffle. The waffles here in Brussels are a regular waffle, but a bit more crisp. I am sure it would be a good base for toppings, but it is also nice on its own.
One Name… MARY!
My first experience of having TRUE Belgian chocolate while in Belgium was here. I had been in Belgium for several days, and I was already on my third city. I held off to try Belgian chocolate, except at RAS in Antwerp, so I could try Mary. For 100 years, Mary Chocolate has been creating happiness in the center of Brussels, and I too experienced that happiness.
I asked the friendly lady behind the counter which were the classic pieces, and she pointed out the Manon Noisette and the Albert. I took one of each, as well as the Dark Chocolate Mousse and Ground Coffee piece, plus the Mary Praline with Caramelized Hazelnut. I knew that four pieces were more than enough for me to try, but I really wanted more.
I will say that all of them were superior pieces of chocolate, but my favorite was the Manon Noisette. I actually stopped what I was doing in order for me to taste each sweet layer of chocolate happiness.
Room Service Prosciutto Pizza
Sometimes you just need to order a pizza. Something that we have all done, and it has been a part of modern culture for decades. Okay, I just wanted a pizza delivered to my room, so I could vegetate on my fluffy bed, and eat PIZZA. Luckily, The Dominican where I was staying at had pizza on their room service menu.
For what it was, a Belgian pizza with prosciutto and arugula, it was good. I think the crust was a bit too doughy, and probably could have been cooked a bit more. I do not have an opinion on the crust because I do not eat the crust on any pizza. That is just one of my funny food quirks.
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