Exploring the world one bite at a time

Day: May 28, 2017

Chez Tchoutchou: “Great Asian cuisine”

We found this Asian restaurant through tripadvisor. To be honest, if the reviews hadn’t been good, I wouldn’t have gone inside. From the outside the restaurant doesn’t look like much, but once inside you’ll find a very pleasant and welcoming restaurant with nice furniture and lots of Chinese decorations.

My boyfriend and I were the only people that went for lunch Chez Tchoutchou on a beautiful sunny Sunday. The service was very friendly (we even got a hesitant ‘Bonjour’ from the toddler) and welcoming. Their French was very good. I even got a scarf as a mother’s day gift!

The menu is impressive, to say the least. So much to choose from: Japanese, Chinese, Thai and even Korean food! I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be able to order bibimbap (a house specialty) in this southern village in Belgium!

We started with some excellent dim sum, which I followed up with some bibimbap that really reminded me of the bibimbap I had in Seoul. The bibimbap was served in a hot stone pot and really excellent! The lady mixed it up for me (probably thinking I didn’t know what to do with it). The bibimbap was really lovely and the portion was very big. My boyfriend also enjoyed the peking duck a lot. To be honest, I had more than enough to eat after the dim sum and the bibimbap, but how could I resist some icecream mochi? A perfect way to end a lovely meal.

Chez Tchoutchou really offers excellent Asian food. Only minor complaint is that our lunch took a bit longer than expected, but to be honest, we really didn’t mind. When passing by, I definitely will visit again!

Chez Tchoutchou, Rue d’Arlon 188a B-6780, Messancy 6780, Belgium
+32 63 67 84 29

Visited May 2017. You can find my review about Chez Tchoutchou also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 5/5, food 5/5.

La Cucaracha: “Authentic Mexican food”

La Cucaracha is one of those restaurants in Leuven that have been around forever. La Cucaracha serves authentic Mexican food in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is decorated with very colorful wall paintings, so when eating there you’ll have an instant holiday feeling. Be sure to make reservations though, because certainly in the weekend it can get very busy.

The food at La Cucaracha is very good, I have been there multiple times and never have I been disappointed. The service is also very friendly (although they don’t always speak Dutch). Last time when I ate there we got served by a lovely Spanish lady. So nice to be able to practice my Spanish a bit!

Only complaint: sometimes it takes a bit too long before the food arrives on your table. So make sure, that you have enough time, when you visit La Cucuracha.

La Cucaracha, Tiensestraat 21, Leuven 3000, Belgium
+32 16 23 44 68

Visited May 2017. You can find my review about La Cucaracha also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 5/5, food 4/5.

ko’uzi: “Sushi magic!”

Ko’uzi is a superb sushi restaurant with a real Japanese sushi chef, that no sushi lover should miss. Of course you can go for the classic sushi here, but why not try some of the creative sushi’s on the menu? What about sushi with scallop, mushroom and walnuts? Of how about tartar tuna with basil oil and crispy quinoa? Or smoked eel and beetroot? Every sushi is a work of art in itself and a feast for the senses. I enjoyed every bite of it!

The restaurant itself lies next to the shop and is lovely and light, but not very big. So make sure to have a reservation, if you want to visit. Ko’uzi works in two shifts, so if you come early you’ll have to leave at eight o’ clock in the evening.

Highly recommended!

ko’uzi, Leopoldplaats 12, Antwerp 2000, Belgium

Visited May 2017. You can find my review about ko’uzi also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 4/5, food 5/5.