Located just around the corner from the Chatelain – a place that I had walked past on numerous occasions… but just hadn’t had the opportunity to try out yet….
So when Mr Draper suggested a pre-year end dinner with M, Geo & myself before we all headed off to different corners of the globe… he meant here => No. 7 restaurant
Arriving at 7.30pm – meant that the restaurant was pretty much empty… but by 9pm it was heaving with every spare seat/table taken (most of which seem to be through reservations). Having said this – the actual dining area is small(ish) probably seating about 40 odd diners.
Interior decor was on the minimal side – with a few different coloured lights… nothing great but I can’t really say it was in any way inviting or exciting.
As we were waiting for our 4th to arrive – we were approached by 3 of the waitrons on more than one occasion checking to see if we were 3 or 4 people… and trying to place orders before our 4th arrived started to become comical…. as they would say “yes yes” and then turn around & walk away. (I credit this to “lost in translation”)
We settled up on a Burrata starter to share (Burrata is fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella AND cream) – served with asparagus spears, tomato & pesto…. a delicious way to start the evening
For mains – M & I both ordered Spaghetti Pomodoro Basilico (Spaghetti with tomato sauce & basil) – simple but tasty…. with perfectly cooked pasta…
Mr Draper ordered the Melanzane alla Parmigiana (Aubergine gratin with tomato & cheese) – and was very happy about the temperature it was served at (piping hot) as well as the taste – so another winner.
Geo opted for the Papardelle Ragù Maison (House ragu/meat sauce made with 3 different meats – Lamb, beef & pork served with flat ribbon pasta)
With no alcohol consumed (yes – strange…. but true) – we did drink 4 demi-bottles of sparkling water, shared 1 starter & each had a main – it worked out to a total of 89euros (excluding a tip).
Would I return? Maybe. Food was very tasty, but in general terms – I would say that there wasn’t much of an ambiance & I wasn’t “blown away”. They don’t have a website (which is mind-blowing in this technological age) but they do have a facebook page.
Have you been? What was your experience?
address: Rue Washington 7 – 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 2 649 2935
Opening hours: Mon: 18h00-22h30; Tues-Sat: 12h00-14h30 & 18h00-22h30