This restaurant has essentially been around since I was born (giving away a trade secret here)… but it first opened its doors as a restaurant in 1981… but what makes De Ultieme Hallucinatie a real treat to visit – is that the original building was built in 1850 in neo classical style and 1904 was given a make-over in Art Nouveau style – in recent years, it closed its doors BUT, then re-opened in December 2012.
This Art Nouveau decor is still in existence today…. and can be easily seen through the 3 separate dining areas influenced by the French (and a Scottish architect), not to mention that one particular room includes some Greek motifs!
We sat on train benches in what used to be the Greenhouse (with the rockwalls still remaining, but the plants are gone :()… and directly opposite the bar (duh – easy access and all that).
While perusing the menu – Sarah and I enjoyed a glass of Cava with fresh strawberry juice (what I would call a Bellini – 6€)
Offering what I can only describe as a very Belgian menu… we decided to share a starter portion of Croquettes de Crevettes (deep-fried shrimp croquettes – 14.50€), DELICIOUS
Sarah then opted for the Ultieme Sla (Ultimate salad including Foie Gras, smoked salmon, etc etc 14.50€), since the mussels were not available… and I managed to steal a piece of the foie gras and it was YUM!
while I was drawn in by the Blanc de Poulet (grilled chicken breast sliced and served with a portion of salad, portion of fries and a sauce of choice 15€) – nothing special, but nothing to complain about;
If all this wasn’t enough for my tightening waistband – I noticed that they had Profiterolles on the menu (mini choux pastry balls filled with ice-cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce – 6.50€) – one of my favourite desserts (after banana beignets that is!)
Our entire meal, including coffee’s and 2 carafés of house wine came to 90€ – which isn’t too bad considering that we were essentially eating in a museum 🙂
Would I go back? Definitely – a place to take tourists so that they can truly experience a Belgian meal, the staff were somewhat friendly (not overly friendly but smiling only really started around the time we were ordering dessert and coffee) and the food was reasonably priced.
My suggestion – sit in the Brasserie (previously Greenhouse) area or outside if the weather is good. Park at Hotel Bloom and walk the 100m down Rue Royale to the restaurant… as parking is scarce and if you did happen to find one – your car might or might not be entirely safe when you return (signs at the entrance of the restaurant remind patrons NOT to leave valuables in their car… sounds a bit like SA to me :)) – the other option is that the Metro for Botanique is right outside Hotel Bloom.
De Ultieme Hallucinatie
address: Rue Royale 316, 1210, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 2 217 0614