HIM and I have been attempting to regain some sort of adult social life now that Monkey is 2 years old. That means that on HIM’s nights off (basically only Saturday’s), we try to go out for dinner (just the two of us) at least once a month (or every 2nd month if our schedules are too busy). That requires a bit of planning… (i.e. booking a babysitter, getting dressed up or at least as dressed up as 2 parents of a toddler can, finding a restaurant, etc)
An Italian Tapas restaurant around the corner from us in St Gilles, had recently opened up and I had tried to book a table using their online booking site, however they were full but offered to waitlist us and let us know on the day if something became available. Needless to say, we heard nothing barring a hang-up telephone call in the early evening, where as soon as they heard me anser in English, they put the phone down. I am not saying it was them… just thinking coincidence 😉 .
ANYWAY – I had walked past the JAM hotel on numerous occasions and was truly intrigued by their funky look plus having had followed them on instagram meant that I knew that they had 2 bars (one of which is on the roof with a view AND a swimming pool!). I made a reservation at their restaurant called Vini Divini … but wasn’t holding our breath for a fabulous, knock-out night out. I mean, who makes a reservation in their own city to go to a hotel restaurant???
But you know what….We loved it!
The restaurant itself is fun, relaxed and unpretentious (no tablecloths). The staff were friendly and multi-lingual. And the Italian food offered although simple, was very tasty, with an open(ish) kitchen vibe, so you can watch the chefs at work!
We arrived at 7.30pm when it was still quiet. Ordered a lovely bottle of wine and a Tomato/ Mozzarella salad to share. It arrived with a basket of delicious bread rolls.. which if this was a view of the pizza dough to follow … was pure heaven!
HIM then had the gnocchi with gorgonzola & walnuts, while I ordered a pizza with Salami and Ricotta.
Our total bill was around 80euro’s and it would definitely be a place to revisit. By the time we left, it was full – mostly with big groups of young(er than us), hipster folk celebrating various birthdays/anniversaries/etc and I have it earmarked as a return-to & “group” venue.
Vini Divini (Jam Hotel)
Opening hours: 12h00-14h00 & 19h00-22h30 (Monday-Friday); 19h00-22h30 (Saturday) and 12h00-16h00 (Sunday Brunch)
address: 132 Chaussee de Charleroi, 1060, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 2 537 1787
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