Review : Bruneau – Brussels

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Bruneau is a renowned restaurant in Brussels, and the chef and owner Jean-Pierre Bruneau has been its culinary captain for over thirty years. His mastery of the classic French cuisine comes with surprising touches of innovation. Food lovers from all over come to make up their own mind about his art. Bruneau is situated next to the imposing Art Deco dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg, the fifth largest church in the world and worth a visit of its own, the panorama of Brussels is great.

Interior

The dining room is exactly what one would expect from a one star restaurant (once it even held 3 stars). The interior is sober and tables are elegantly set out, with the silver cutlery shining and glasses waiting to be filled, but the emphasis is on the food and wine. In summer it is possible to dine on the garden terrace.

Food

From the moment you enter the staff will take over to let you concentrate on your meal. We came during Restodays, during which restaurants offer three-course lunch or dinner at reduced prices. We had a menu that consisted of some amuse-gueules, then the cod fillet “Royale”; with its tasty butter-sauce even my wife, who doesn’t like fish, was chirping in delight. A roulade of coucou, a Belgian breed of chicken, lobster and morels was the last of our course and although it was good, it somewhat lacked depth of flavour. It was a very good and truthful sample of the skill of Jean-Pierre Bruneau.

A special mention for the sommelier, who proposed accompanying wines, from the extensive cellar of Bruneau, which is known as one of the best of any Brussels restaurant. We tried the Uby-Colombard, Côte de Gascogne, for starters, a delicious German Dönhoff with our cod, and a Bordeau Médoc, Chateau du Corneau with the coucou. For dessert my wife had a glass of Rasteau, a matured red Côtes du Rhône, excellent! A superb selection by the funny and well-informed sommelier. If you are not sure what wine would be best with your meal, he will gladly point you in the right direction.

Service

The elegantly dressed and discrete waiters are used to serving rich and famous people, so they had no problem with making us feel special, a task I gladly outsource, as my wife isn’t easily impressed by my antics any more. Everyone is very well aware of their tasks, so just sit back, let yourself get waited on and concentrate on the tastes and textures offered to you on a plate…

We hope you get the chance to try this top restaurant at least once and advise you to make a reservation beforehand.

Setting  ++
Food +++
Service ++++
Price  ++++

http://www.bruneau.be
Avenue Broustin 73-75 – 1083 Bruxelles (Ganhoren)
Tel: 02.421.70.70

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