Brussels, Belgium – another culinary sensation

Thanks for all your comments on my last post from Brussels and especially those of you who could add some more information about the places I was visiting. A good example of how educating blogging is and how much comments can be enriching. I promised to tell you about the dinner we had on Saturday and since the last one was so long, I will make it short and sweet this time.

We where staying at Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon, so it was just a nice five minutes walk to the restaurant (actually quite close to Grand Place too):

The restaurant – visit their website!
All pics taken with my Nokia mobile phone – click to enlarge!

On their own webpage they say: Les Brigittines “Aux Marches de la Chapelle” offer you a pleasant Art-Nouveau setting with restful, dark-green walls and wood panelling. The original paintings, clever lighting, elegant Art-Nouveau objects and, in particular, the magnificent wooden bar ensure a nostalgic conviviality that in winter becomes even more agreeable when the fire is lit in the big open fireplace.

The menu:

Aperitif:
Crémant d’Alsace – a lovely start and appropriately dry I think, just to wake up your appetite:-)

As a starter:
Chicken Soufflé, butter sauce with chives. We had Mãcon Villages – Joseph Drouhin and this white wine tasted perfect to the chicken.

The main dish:
Fillet of lamb with tarragon, market vegetables. We had Cõtes du Rhõne – Paralelle 45 Paul Jaboulet and this red whine tasted lovely to the lamb with a rich and very flavour taste.

For dessert:
Ice nougat, very sweet and tasty and I had coffee avec with it – a habit of mine:-)

This was of course tasty and very delicious. What made it an even more perfect evening to me was to share this with my friends within CEPIS – Council of European Professional Informatics Society. We were about 30 people all together and from all over Europe. At my table there were representatives from Finland, Poland, Slovakia and Hungry. We talked about the food and the wine of course, but also about culture and traditions of our countries as well as the history and the development of Europe. For sure our part of the world has opened up after the fall of the Iron Curtain. It was very interesting to listen to their experience and observations before and after the fall. So I learned a lot from my European friends that evening as the atmosphere around the table was very enlightened and like a consciences sensation. That is an important part of a culinary sensation too I think. Dinning is not all only about food – its about socialising too, you know:-)

This was the same society fellows I was with in Sofia, Bulgaria six month ago. Click here if you like to see a Bulgarian culinary sensation from that stay!

27 Comments

  1. Wow what a wonderful adventure you had Renny! The food looks savoury and delicious. It is really lovely to travel across and I am also happy that I am experiencing it a piece by piece.

    Anyway, hope you have a nice week!

  2. Hi,looks like you had good time my friend.Looking at all this food has made me hungry He!He!He!
    Thanks for sharing
    Wish you all the best

  3. That dessert looks scrumpscious! YUM!

  4. ooooh, i just finished my own dinner and yet my appetite is stimulated again!!

  5. I would love to have that dessert with coffee too. All of it looks so wonderful and the presentation is so nicely done.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your trip with us.

  6. I guess it was payback time, Renny! I’m starving and this post makes me even more hungry. You always talk about how my Sunday Dinner posts make you hungry so I suppose we’re even now. ;D

  7. Oh Renny this looks wonderful!
    In Canada, a friend of my Son who is a chef called Jamie Kennedy( http://www.jkkitchens.com/v3/welcome.html) who had the restaurant at the Royal Ontario Museum until he closed it for the new renovations to the ROM….says that Canada is now finally jumping on the bandwagon of Convivia.

    I think this is wonderful. I was raised on this pretext, that a meal is an event-a social interaction, and must allow for that wonderful time and conversation.

    I am ignorant to the idea that our restaurants did not look at dining like this. I guess this is why our family enjoys restaurants like Jamie’s.

  8. It is wonderful that you are part of the CEPIS and that you can interact with your colleagues from all over Europe.
    The food looks delicious (but I am not surprised that this is the case! ;-)

  9. Although I don’t eat lamb, it all looks beautifully presented..
    What is ice nougat?
    :)

  10. Looks good. Now pass my plate…:)

  11. honestly, i became hungry when i saw the pictures. hehehe.

    and besides the climate, one universal topic.. food! hehehe ;p

  12. Looks like a lovely city, and I sure enjoy good food (and fine wine). I hope you will remember to take me with you sometime ;-)

  13. ice nougat! hmmm yummy ;)

  14. Well, now I know what to expect in Mariestad.LoL.

  15. that is one hefty serving of ice nougat! :) yum!

  16. @Charles: Glad you liked to travel with my friend!

    @zingtrial: Thanks – wish you the same.

    @Hexe: Truly said:-)

    @Lime: Bon Appetite

    @Lisa: Your welcome, I just love to share you know!

    @Diane: LoL; glad we finely are even then.

    @Lynn: Glad you liked it. I’ve been ‘visiting’ Jamie Kennedy and we sure seams to like the same. Thanks for sharing! I’m so agree with you and like how you wrap it up: ‘an event-a social interaction’!

    @Sidney: It’s a great network you know. Hope you have a chance for the same treat at Christmas then:-)

    @Sue: Nougat is a confectionery made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts and sometimes chopped goodies, like candied fruit. It was in the ice and tasted lovely

    @Grish: It’s on it’s way – catch:-)

    @Tin-tin: Food is the best uniting subject you know!

    @DeeDee: I’ll remember my dear – hopefully next time!

    @Racky aka Bakya Ni Neneng: Ohh yes, I can easily recall the taste:-)

    @TorAa: Yes you do and then we make it ourselves – even better?

    @Duke: Hefty is a great word for it!

  17. I love that you took pictures of each course and a description of the wines, too! I feel like I had a Virtual Dinner, Renny…And I enjoyed it very very much! (lol)

    You lead a very rich life filled with interesting people from everywhere! Wonderful, Wondeerful, Renny…!

  18. all that looks so tempting! But I’m so tired right now, I don’t even think I want to eat, I’d rather nap… In which case, I can’t do either right now…

    Ah… Thanks for sharing and if you want to see those pics on flickr, they will be up soon. =)

  19. Order me the chicken souffle and ice nougat avec coffee! Such beautiful china too. It’s all in the presentation some chef’s say. It’s just got to look beautiful as well as taste divine!
    Thanks for the invitation and for making my mouth water!

  20. Ayayay! Looks like a marvelous dinner!
    Yummm…

  21. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I’m just starting to make my way around Ryze, but I’m enjoying it so far.

    So cool that you’re from Norway. My maternal grandfather was first generation American from Norwegian parents. Unfortunately all that’s trickled down to me are some (and I will spell this wrong, forgive me) some sandbakel (?) tins and the wonderful expression, “Uff da!”

  22. Ice nougat? That’s interesting I’ve never come across anything like that at all.

    I’ve sure would love to have a go at what you have Renny.

  23. Eating together is such an “eternalized moment,” Renny, especially in Europe when it can take 3 or more hours. I have a feeling that’s what it was meant to be and not the hurried gulping down of fast-food that so many people here in America do!

    Sounds like a foretaste of heaven! :)

  24. The Art Nouveau decor sounds pleasant.

    Clearly you took a far better culinary path through Brussels than my Hubby and I. (We ate a music festival and came down with food poisoning for a few days.)

    Ice nougat sounds good.

  25. Oh yum! Thanks for sharing this delicious experience with us!

  26. Hehe…

    Looks like you’ve been exploring Brussels with all your senses… Tried to look up a raw food place for you in there, but I guess you might have to wait to taste some raw goodies until I open my raw restaurant in Oslo…

    Have a nice weekend!

    Done my homework now ;-)

    Caïla

  27. Foodies looks really tempting & nam nam

    I hope you’ll have a lovely weekend ahead! take care renny!

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