Where Hercule Poirot would eat in Brussels

It's not a mystery.

by Rashmi Chugani

Agatha Christie wrote of a quirky Belgian detective that became a literary icon. His taste in food is varied, much like the restaurants found in Brussels. Check out where he would eat if he were in the midst of solving a crime in Belgium's capital city.

Comme Chez Soi 92

Place Rouppe 23

The prices are gobsmacking, but so is the food from master chef Pierre Wynants's son-in-law, Lionel Rigolet.

- Lonely Planet

In't Spinnekopke 86

Place du Jardin aux Fleurs 1

True Brussels cooking flourishes in this charming restaurant. The low ceilings and benches around the walls remain from its days as a coach inn during the 18th century.

- Fodor's

Restaurant de l’Ogenblik 83

Galerie des Princes 1

You'll find a Parisian bistro-style setting restaurant that's popular with off-duty actors and audiences from the nearby Gallery theater, among others.

- Frommer's

Aux Armes de Bruxelles 83

Rue des Bouchers 13

This veritable Brussels institution in the ilot Sacre district has been honouring Belgian culinary traditions since 1921. Contrasting dining rooms and a lively atmosphere.

- Michelin Guide

Sea Grill 79

Rue du Fosse aux Loups 47

You’d be hard pressed to find a more unlikely setting for Brussels’ finest seafood than deep inside this ‘80s ode to interior atrium elevators and muzak.

- Lonely Planet

La Villa Lorraine 78

Avenue du Vivier d'Oie 75

An institution opened in 1953 on the edge of the Bois de la Cambre. Superb setting for a gastronomic experience.

- Michelin Guide

La Quincaillerie 78

Rue du Page 45

Shiny and majestic brasserie occupying a former Art Deco hardware store. Daily specials and fresh oysters. Very professional service. Doorman.

- Michelin Guide

Lola 77

Place du Grand Sablon 33

It’s the effervescent conversations of the young clientele bouncing off the stripped-back stone and wood surfaces that really gives this place its buzz.

- Lonely Planet

L'Idiot du Village 77

Rue Notre-Seigneur 19

Nestled on the corner of Rue Blaes and Rue Notre-Seigneur, in the Marolles, is a cosy little secret of in-the-know foodies

- Afar Magazine

La Truffe Noire 76

Boulevard de la Cambre 12

Luigi Ciciriello's "Black Truffle" attracts a sophisticated and well-heeled clientele with its modern design, well-spaced tables, and cuisine that draws on classic Italian and modern French cooking.

- Fodor's

Chez Leon 76

Rue des Bouchers 18

This long-time tourist favourite serves the original ‘Mussels from Brussels’, and makes a good place to try them.

- Lonely Planet

Belga Queen 76

Rue du Fosse aux Loups 32

Classical stained-glass ceilings and marble columns are hidden behind an indecently hip oyster counter and wide-ranging beer and cocktail bar.

- Lonely Planet

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