Friday, February 24, 2012

Buls | Brussels

After my mother picked me up in Brussels yesterday, she took me to the cutest little restaurant ever. It's called Buls and it is a very particular restaurant, well it's not really a restaurant but what they call in French tables d'hotes. This means that there is a set menu for a set price, and everyone is welcome in this charming little restaurant. My mother and I sat at a big table with people we didn't know, but that didn't bother me at all. It makes the restaurant feel so homely and more personal than any other restaurant I've been to. 


The restaurant is run by three people: two old little grandma's (sisters) and one younger man. One of the sisters is 84 years old, and drives to the market every morning at 4 am to buy enough food for the day. Then the team of three starts cooking at 10 in the morning, and opens the restaurant at midday. The people than come there are mostly people working in Brussels who have lunch at Buls regularly. The restaurant is open till 2 pm every day, and on weekends people are welcome to enjoy a good breakfast.

Every day of the week they offer a different starter, main dish and dessert. So what's on the menu? Only home made food, extremely fresh because everything is prepared on the same day. The starter was a self-service Belgian endive soup with a fresh slice bread. As a main, a vegetable rosti, a salad with a delicious dressing and some cauliflower (unfortunately I have no picture of it!). A really light but satisfying lunch.

 
When my mother brought this bread board I felt for one second like I was in Switzerland instead of Brussels, if you know what I mean.

The restaurant turns 30 years old this year so it has been around for quite a while!

We drank verveine tea which was served in a really cute cup with an old-fashioned filter as you can see on the first picture.  

The slices of pie were displayed in the cutest little glass cupboard. One of the women was constantly refilling the cupboard with freshly cut slices of pie, which I saw cooling off in the tiny kitchen.

As a dessert, we shared a chocolate and pecan pie which was very light and so delicious.  

This is the self-service coffee corner. I love all the white porcelain in which you can find milk and sugar. Everything in this restaurant is done so personally; it really feels like home.

As you can see, we had a great lunch. I can't wait to go back and try new dishes made by these lovely sisters. If you ever want to go to Buls, you can find all the necessary information on the blog: http://tabledhotesbuls.blogspot.com/. I definitely recommend it!

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