If you want to see a bit of Brussels history, dine at Aux Armes de Bruxelles, which opened in 1921. Unashamedly old-fashioned, Aux Armes de Bruxelles is a restaurant to be treasured. The restaurant looks the part, with wood-paneled walls; sedate, comfortable chairs, and leaded windows sporting splendid stained-glass coats of arms. Formally dressed waiters keep the place humming. Among the classic dishes most worth trying are lobster served cold with mayonnaise; the freshest oysters; the sole meunière, beloved by King Leopold III on his regular monthly visits; and traditional Belgian dishes like beef carbonnade cooked in beer and chicken waterzooi (a stew). The desserts follow a similar traditional road, with the odd nod to modern preoccupations with health. But why go for fresh pineapple with raspberry sorbet when there are waffles with whipped cream and flambéed crepes with Mandarine Napoléon liqueur on offer?