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.
Place Rouppe 23
The prices are gobsmacking, but so is the food from master chef Pierre Wynants's son-in-law, Lionel Rigolet.
Rue Notre-Seigneur 19
Booking ahead is essential to secure a table at this colourful, cosy restaurant, secluded on a little side street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rue du Page 45
Shiny and majestic brasserie occupying a former Art Deco hardware store. Daily specials and fresh oysters. Very professional service. Doorman.
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.
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.
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.
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.