For delicious, organic breakfast or lunch, prepared with love by two women in a cosy atmospere, ICI, is an excellent place to go. Based at a corner in the lovely Place Brugmann neighbourhood in Ixelles, the original and light interior feels very welcoming.
The healthy, yummie menu is written on a large board. Apart from some fixed dishes it changes every day and is based on the groceries delivered and on the mood of the owners. So freshness is guaranteed. I chose a plate with a mix of dishes and was very happy with all the different tastes.
Don’t forget to order a fresh juice, they rarely come better than this. As well as the pastries that are finger licking good.
They also sell groceries, cakes, tea and other food items, so even when the place is full, you can still go there and experience the good taste of the owners.
Reservations are a must, since seats are limited and it is rather popular, especially amongst women.
On our first evening we had reserved a table in the restaurant of Lydmar hotel. Recommended to us by a Swedish friend as a must go!
It is located in between the Grand Hotel and National Museum close to the water.
You get an instant home and lounge feeling when entering the restaurant. Large leather sofa’s, book shelves along the wall, lovely flowers, a relaxed atmosphere with a mixed variety of people. It serves delicious food (large portions) with many local dishes. Reservations recommended.
On the day of our arrival we went to the Berns hotel for lunch. Their modern Asian menu is famous for being delicious and served in a gorgeous setting.
Where else would you eat sushi under a chandelier and surrounded by red velvet and huge mirrors? Service was very friendly and attentive.
There also seems to be a good bar but we have not tried that ourselves.
You can make your reservations online
This is a very cool deli/ foodshop/ restaurant in the vibrant SOFO district where we went for lunch. Like many places in Stockholm it has lots of organic groceries.
The restaurant is modern, young atmosphere and has a well thought off, though not too slick design. There is a large terrace looking over the parc in front and lots of sitting space inside.
Since reservations are not possible, you might have to cue up, but you can have a drink at the bar while you wait. Highly recommended by the locals as well.
I have finally taken the time to tell you something about one of my favourite restaurants in Brussels, a small Italian place called La Piola.
They only seat about 30 people (in summer a bit more when the small terrace and patio are open) in a very cosy environment with simple wooden chairs, beautiful tiles, original and often changing art on the wall and an open kitchen.
The menu is very simple and short and written on the red board: a few pasta’s, meat and mozzarella dishes and deserts. All are generous portions of delicious quality. It is also known as a whine bar where people just stop to have a drink with some free ‘aperitivi’ from the bar. A northern Italian tradition that I warmly welcome.
It is recommended to make reservations, only on Wednesday’s this isn’t possible since then the place becomes very crowded and fun with people going out after the Chatelain market.
I came across this small sandwich shop just after it opened at the end of last century. One of my best friends lived in the same street, and as she grew up in Australia, she quickly made contact with Sean, from the same part of the world. He is one of the happiest persons you’ll meet in Amsterdam, even speaking Dutch with a lovely accent and always keeping his head cool when it is crowded.
His sandwiches are delicious, there is a large choice of all kinds of healthy toppings, salads, cakes, greens, pasta’s and shakes. And they also do great coffee and take away meals.
There are some seats inside, but if you’re lucky and the sun is shining, you can sit outside on of the benches and feel just as happy as I did end of September in the last rays of sunshine.