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Belgian Tapas at The Purple Rose (Brussels) 

March 15, 2017

Last Sunday we headed into the centre of Brussels. The sun was finally out so we wanted to explore a little more without getting soaking wet!! The last few weekends have been very wet indeed. 

After pottering about soaking up the sun and the sights for a couple of hours our tummy rumbled so que the decision about where to eat. One of my favourite things about Belgium is the food! We have been in Brussels for 7 weeks now and we are still enjoying our weekly visit to Maison Antoine for frites! G could quite happily eat Belgian stew (stoofvlees) every day! 

I think that whole of Brussels was out that day because we could not find a single table anywhere! We were just about to give up when we noticed one table free at The Purple Rose Bar and Restaurant located on Rue du March aux Herbes a short walk from the Grotemarkt  (Grand place). 

The Purple Rose is actually a tapas style Belgian restaurant. They do serve delicious looking burgers and frites but the signature dish is a tapas style Belgian tasting plate. Which is small servings of Belgian stew, Belgian meatballs (boulettes) and mussels. Served along with frites. We quickly ordered one each and L decided on a mini burger and frites. 

When our meal arrived I was really surprised at how much of everything you get. If you were only wanting a light bite two people could easily share this dish! L got stuck right into his burger and fries.

I have to admit that my eyes were alot bigger than my belly (which is rarely the case!!) and I was defeated by one meatball! G soon polished that off. It was such a delicious meal. All of our favourites on a one plate!

The Purple Rose was a great find, from the outside it looks quite small but it’s actually really large inside. We sat by the window and enjoyed some people watching, there were tables outside as well but there was none available at the time. Inside you’ll find a rather interesting collection of Star Wars memorabilia!

They serve a nice selection of local beers and I believe The Purple Rose is known for its nightlife and music! 

Will we be back, most certainly! The food was delicious and reasonable priced. Our total bill was €43 including soft drinks. 

Good to know – 

Belgian tapas plate price – €15 (correct March 2017)

Parking is available just across the road at the Grand Place parking area (under the Ibis hotel) 

Thanks for reading 

L x 

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