Exploring the world one bite at a time

Day: June 21, 2017

Cafe Bota: “Good pasta, service could be better”

Café Bota is the restaurant in the same building as the popular music venue ‘Botanique’. The place has a beautiful terrace overlooking the gorgeous Botanical Garden of Brussels. Sadly when I went there for lunch with some colleagues, it was just way to hot to sit outside on the terrace in the sun. It was a pity that staff didn’t open more parasols to provide their customers some shade.

Luckily we found a table on the inside of the restaurant where it was nice and cool. When we wanted to order there were already lots of plates sold out. A bit of a shame, since it was only 12.30h. But no worries, we found a dish to suit everyone. The wait was kind of long for a quick lunch (more than half an hour), but the pasta really was excellent. My pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the sauce with white truffles and cherry tomatoes was really perfect. The home made lemonade was also excellent.

Staff should work on their hospitality and friendliness though.

Cafe Bota, Rue Royale 236, Brussels 1210, Belgium
+32 2 226 12 28

Visited June 2017. You can find my review about Cafe Bota also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 2/5, food 4/5.

a la becasse: “Traditional Belgian beers”

We stopped at the pub À La Bécasse during a guided tour through Brussels with as topic Belgian beers. So it is easy to guess, what the main reason for our visit was. We had some ‘Lambic’ and ‘Kriek’ beer, accompanied by some traditional Belgian ‘blood’ sausages and cheese. If you want to soak up the atmosphere of traditional Belgian pubs, this place is ideal. You’ll feel like you got transported back into time when visiting this pub with its wooden interior and a very classic vibe. If you’re visiting with a group, you can pour your own beer from large pitchers.

Be warned: the entrance is easy to miss, since it’s only a small door leading to the pub.

a la becasse, Rue de Tabora 11, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 511 00 06

Visited June 2017. You can find my review about a la becasse also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 4/5, food 4/5.

Vooruit Arts Centre: “Lovely terrace, simple food”

Went for a quick dinner on the lovel terrace before going to an event in the Vooruit. Since it was gorgeous summer weather lots of people had the same idea. It was quite crowded on the terrace, but we managed to find a table. The vibe on the terrace really is lovely. This is a great place to enjoy drinks of go for something simple to eat. The many is rather limited and only contains sandwiches and snacks. You have to place your order at the counter. After ordering you get a small gadget that buzzes when your food is ready. It can get rather busy at the counter when the terrace is crowded, so it is possible you’ll have to wait in line.

I really enjoyed my sandwich with salmon and guacamole. All ingredients tasted fresh and were well balanced. Loved the little salad that came with it. The sparkling wine was a festive touch to start off the evening with.

Vooruit Arts Centre, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 267 28 28

Visited June 2017. You can find my review about Vooruit Arts Centre also on TripAdvisor.