Belgium is famous for its culinary delights! Waffles, beer, moules frites and of course chocolate. But did you know the Belgium is always famed for its Flemish stew (stoofvlees) and meatballs (boulettes)?
Whilst exploring Brussels we stumbled across such a great food treat I had share. We spent the day meandering through the streets taking in the granduer of Grand Place and doing a bit of shopping. After a few hours our tummies rumbled so que the decision about where to eat.
I think that the 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 Grand place.
The Purple Rose is actually a tapas style Belgian restaurant. They do serve delicious looking burgers and fries (frites) but the signature dish is a tapas style Belgian tasting plate. Which is small servings of belgian stew, belgian meatballs 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)
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