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“A very pleasant surprise”
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Ranked #232 of 3,651 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$113
Cuisines: French
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Den Haag
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A very pleasant surprise”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

My husband and I eat out a lot, and this was one of the most satisfying experiences on all counts- food, service, friendliness and lack of pretension of staff! We had the temptation menu and each dish, with one exception ,brilliantly conceived and expertly presented.Not full when we went, they did have a member of the staff who spoke English ( otherwise French) . We did drive there and had to park about 500 m away from restaurant and walk- it's tucked away upstairs on a quiet street. Would definitely recommend.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Maitreyib
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A must-go”
Reviewed 7 February 2012

Had the temptation menu with my wife and it was delicious.
Worth every penny.
Will definitively come back!
The food was super well arranged and the taste marvellous. Service staff extremely helpful, friendly and there when you needed them.

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5 Thank sebemig
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Casual elegance, delicious dishes”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

A friend and I had heard about this place, and were told to go before "it went michelin"... that's setting the bar a little high, but in the end, this restaurant lived up to the hype. Excellent.

The decor is really understated, comfortable and elegant, and the service is impeccable (and people are actually kind, not just 'available'). Lots of nice attention to detail--- even the bread is amazing!

The food itself was innovative, fun and well balanced. Get the chef's choice menu--- trust this chef, and let him decide what you should have! :) And they were very accomodating--- i am unfortunately allergic to fish and shellfish (sigh), and they were not only accomodating, but seemed to be truly gracious about it (instead of treating me as an inconvenience...)

The wine list had some great choices at reasonable prices, and sommelier was also really great-- patient (we didn't know wines really), thoughtful and gave a great suggestion.

Honestly, one of the better dining experiences i have ever had. You can easily spend close to or the same amount of money on a meal in Brussels that is average at best, with 'blah' service (a Brussels trademark...) and nothing to write home about. If you want a special, enjoyable and exciting dining experience, spend the extra 20 euros and get your bum in one of their in-demand seats!

  • Visited January 2012
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6 Thank Amy B
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Very relaxing time with excellent food and service”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

My wife and I went to Bouchery, parking would have been a problem as it is tucked away in the back of nowhere but we were lucky to find a spot not far from the restaurant.

Anyway the ambiance, food and service is a modern take on traditional food something we love and we were not disappointed! Each dish had something special about it and the waiter took the time to explain to us what went into the dish and how it was prepared. He also sometimes gave a bit of history on the ingredients so it was refreshing to have so much information on what we were enjoying.

Apart from it being a little out of the way Bouchery was an amazing experience which we look forward to enjoying once again.

  • Visited November 2011
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4 Thank Ermoalfa
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Superb...deservedly the #1 restaurant in Brussels”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

I must begin this review by noting that restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor can be tricky...each traveler has their own preferences for taste, style, and budget - and the interplay of the three can yield rankings that place a kebab shop next to a Michelin-starred establishment. In many ways that's a strength - who can complain about fantastic kebabs! - but at times a weakness, because it can be difficult to discern by what criteria a restaurant is being judged.

Perhaps the most common virtue TripAdvisors look for in a restaurant is quality delivered at exceptional value, and on this score Bouchery is deservedly the #1 restaurant in Brussels. I have no doubt that other Michelin-starred establishments in this culinary capital can edge out Bouchery on atmosphere, or delivery slightly more attentive service, or more exotic flavor profiles - but their improvements are likely only to be minor, and far more costly.

Damien Bouchery heads this eponymous restaurant, a relatively small establishment seating no more than 40 or so guests an evening. The interior decor is simple - whites and creams contrasted with dark wood floors, and ornate crown molding. Brussels winters can get a bit chilly, so ask for a table away from the door.

You will be greeted by a multilingual staff fluent in French, Dutch, and English, though the menu is in French. As other reviews have noted, this chef is fanatical about locally sourced ingredients - in addition to the principal proteins and vegetables, the night we dined a theme of fresh herbs was expressed beautifully throughout the (December) menu.

There are a few a la carte selections and a 5 course tasting menu on offer for Euro 75, but my wife and I arrived with the intention of placing our palates in the hands of the chef's "Instant Menu." Reconceived each night (and sometimes multiple times each night), guests are asked to specify 3, 4 or 5 courses, and the chef proceeds to construct a gastronomic experience par excellence.

I ordered the five course menu and my wife, a lighter diner, ordered three. The amuse bouche hinted at the care which would be lavished on the following dishes: a pumpkin puree sharpened by a gastrique drizzle, nestled alongside a smoked bacon foam that was absolutely heavenly. On to the first course: a perfectly poached farmhouse egg, local mushrooms and whipped potatoes, homemade croutons and fresh herbs (the specific variety of which I have forgotten). Light yet savory, it was a wonderful start to the meal.

My second course, which was my wife's first, was a poached crab salad rising out of a red beet and homemade vinegar sea, with islands of diced avocado, yellow beet, and fennel. Sharp and bracing beets meet creamy avocado and delicate crab.

The third course moved in a decidedly more savory direction - a fois gras soufflé that anticipated the main meat course ahead - while looking back to previous courses' the sharp flavors with an accompanying confit turnip "cigar" and balsamic vinegar reduction. Together in one bite, the fois gras, turnip and balsamic melded beautifully, both in flavor and texture. I must also note that, though my wife only ordered three courses, the chef graciously prepared a small tasting plate of this course for her.

Fourth course (my wife's second): the main event, a slow-roasted shoulder of Iberian pork, pureed purple potatoes, onions roscoff, and a mustard reduction. Smoky, savory, crisp, creamy - the dish came together beautifully and was a warming rebuke to the chilly wind blowing outside.

The fifth desert course - light and crisp, orange prepared four ways - fresh orange segments and sorbet perched atop a small cake surrounded by orange creme anglaise. With coffee and tea came complimentary petit fours and a cinnamon mouse.

In retrospect, what astonished me most about the "Instant" menu was that in addition to individually excellent dishes, the chef created an arc, a progression of flavors that progressed effortlessly across the spectrum. A progression of this sort is the hallmark of a great tasting menu, and the fact that Mr. Bouchery produces a new experience of this caliber every night is truly remarkable.

The sommelier was very knowledgeable and paired several excellent wines to the dishes served - I ordered three glasses, beginning with a white for the amuse and first course, moving to a medium bodied French red (my wife's favorite of the evening), and concluding with a muscular bordeaux for the pork. The wines were all young (2008 - 2010 vintages) but well structured and an exceptional value at 7 euros per glass.

Photos of each course are attached, with the caveat that this is a menu that you can't order. Instead, you too must journey to Bouchery and place yourself, for one memorable evening, in the hands of a very talented culinary master.

  • Visited December 2011
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14 Thank gohoward
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