Leaving your desk and enjoying your lunch in another environment is extremely important to maintaining a good work-life balance. Researchers have found that employees who leave their desks during the workday, especially at lunchtime report feeling 40% more engaged and more creative in their work than those who spend their lunch hunched over their keyboard. Therefore, if you’re looking for somewhere to impress your clients, a place to have a quick bite alone or a boozy lunch with local beers, Brussels’ restaurants have all you need and more to delight your taste buds during your lunch break.
10) At number 10 is a Belgian classic, T Kelderke. A famous establishment that’s known for its mashed potatoes mixed with vegetables and home made sausages. If you're looking for local cuisine at its best then this place is not to be missed.
T Kelderke – Grand Place 15 1000 Bruxelles
9) Coming in at number 9 is a real crowd pleaser, Pasta Divina. Providing you with authentic delicious pasta, a great atmosphere and friendly staff this is the perfect option for the days you’re looking to carb up!
8) Taking the place of number 8 is the traditional Belgian spot, Fin de Siecle. Sausage and mash and rabbit feature on their menu so if you’re looking for some hearty meat dishes this place definitely doesn’t disappoint. Don’t get caught off guard as they won’t take reservations and accept cash only.
Fin de Siecle – Rue Des Chartreux 9, 1000 Bruxelles
7) Another traditional Belgian favourite is C’est Bon C’est Belge – La Terrasse. Local delicacies include Carbonnade, Stoemp and Waterzooi but if you’re feeling indecisive you can opt for a tasting platter and get six portions of Belgian classics to sample. The staff are the real gem of this place, they sit and explain the menu whilst recommending beers and wines to accompany each dish – excellent service!
6) If you fancy something fishy for lunch then head to Noordzee Mer du Nord. Perfect for a quick lunch, it provides gourmet street food, daily straight from the sea, prepared on the spot. Highlights include the fish soups, oysters and mussels.
5) Specialising in Beer, Beer, Beer, Moeder Lambic is a great haunt for a boozy lunch. Featuring a menu full of light bites, customer favourites include the homemade quiche and mixed platters of cheese and meats. Make sure you quiz the staff on their beer knowledge as they can recommend something that might end up your new favourite drink.
Moeder Lambic – 68 Rue de Savoie, 1060 Bruxelles
4) Looking for some comfort food with a modern twist? Head to Bia Mara for some jazzed up fish and chips and wash it all down with some Belgian Beers or International craft beers. The place is packed at lunch time so you may need to wait for a table but it will definitely be worth it.
3) At number 3 is the world fusion restaurant, Rock Salt Chilli Peppers. With their adventurous chef and mixologists pushing the boundaries, every dish and cocktail is different and exciting! Definitely one to impress your clients and colleagues. Note lunch is only served from Tuesdays to Thursdays.
Rock Salt Chilli Peppers – 34-36 Rue des Cultes, 1000 Bruxelles
2) If a big lunch isn’t your thing then head over to Aksum Coffee House to get some of the best cakes and coffee in Brussels. Customers have the choice of a wide variety of coffee beans which will be beautifully prepared by the well-trained baristas. Try the amazing tarts and cakes to tide you over until dinner.
1) Taking the top spot at number 1 is Comme Chez Soi. Should you be looking to push the boat out and really impress then this is the perfect place to do so. At the top end of the price scale don’t be put off as the food, service and atmosphere is more than worth it. Specialising in French and Belgian fine dining some customer favourites include scallops, cavier, venison and lobster.