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Brasserie de La Presse

Brasserie de La Presse

Brasserie de La Presse is one of those busy, elegant and modern restaurants in Brussels with business oriented clientele and a menu with plenty to choose from. My husband used to work at Rue Royale so we would often go La Presse together to grab some lunch, since it was one of the best options around.

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Manhattn’s Burger Antwerp

Manhattan’s Burger

If you my friend, is a burger aficionado like me, this name is more than familiar. But for those who never heard about Manhattn’s Burger, beware , this post contain spoilers!

As the name gives out Manhattn’s is a premium burger chain that started out in Brussels, but wisely sells burgers inspired in the New York Burger Style. The chain has 3 addresses, 2 in Brussels, and one in Antwerp. I’ve been to all of them but my last visit was to their fairly recent address in Antwerp.

The burger you get from Manhattn’s is born from a fast premium concept, but before the gourmet burger lovers out there start frowning upon the idea, let me tell you why this concept works.

Unlike countless Burger spots in Belgium, Manhattan’s uses the traditional soft and fresh brioche buns, very succulent, tasty and according to their claims Irish, grass fed beef patties that are (very important to say) flame grilled, and the also important Belgian style fries that are often very well made, accompanied to a tasty homemade mayo (because premium burger and fries can’t make it without homemade mayo!)

The burgers are very well performed, and with all these ingredients they become a melting-in-your-mouth kinda burger. Nham!

Last time I visited Manhattn’s I ordered the Gatsby Burger, that only to think of waters my mouth, and once again the burger was truly enjoyable. Its only downside,  if worth mentioning, was that it wasn’t served with wild mushrooms, but instead regular ones. But hey, to be honest I’m not really complaining.

 

Manhattan's Burger

The place has a modern industrial decor, with lots of tables and a considerable turnover, so you can always find a seat. It is efficiently managed with a fair price and good drinking options ranging from Coke to the Belgian La Chouffe on tap (big fan). They also have desserts and coffee options.

In my opinion Manhattn’s serves very honest and tasty burgers, with a consistent quality, be it in Brussels or Antwerp. Too bad they don’t have an address in Gent (yet).

 

For more info : www.manhattn’s.com

 

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Bia Mara

Bia Mara |www.notafoodexpert.com

Forget everything you think about fish and chips. Bia Mara came to make a statement with their new approach on the traditional fish and chips, getting automatically rid of all the well known downsides of this infamous British classic.

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De Schalk

De Shalk

THE RESTAURANT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

 

This Bistronomie  (as they self entitle) was a pleasant surprise both times me and my fiancé visited; once for dinner on a Sunday night, and a couple weeks ago on a weekday for lunch. Both times he called in advance to reserve a table, because we like to be on the safe side, although we had no problems to choose where we’d like to sit. 

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