A success since its opening, this former garage below a secondhand bookstore is in the up-and-coming area around Châtelain. Garage à Manger is divided up into a sleek kitchen at one end, a large seating area with communal and individual tables in the middle, and a lounge area with large sofas and a faux camper van for children at the far end. Suitably odd artifacts are on the shelves, there are random portraits on the walls, and the china is all mismatched. Casual and fun, it's run by a chef who is known for his mobile restaurant in a van. Still, the food is serious and inventive, and determined by what it is in the market that morning. There's always a soup of the day, served in a large tureen left on the table for you to help yourself. Organic ingredients appear in the leek vinaigrette with marinated mushrooms, artichokes with a truffle vinaigrette, and mackerel served with nettle mousse and root vegetables. The generally delicious desserts might include the gooey, banana-filled banoffee pie. The bread is great, the all-day service is friendly, and the organic wines and beers are well chosen.
Garage à Manger
Rue Washington 185
Our Rating Neighborhood Ixelles Hours Mon–Thurs and Sat–Sun 10am–6:30pm, Fri 10am–9pm Transportation Tram 94 to Vleurgat Phone 02/880–67–74 Prices Two-course lunch €15, three-course lunch €18, brunch €25 brunch, four-course dinner €30 Cuisine Type Belgian, French Web site Garage à Manger
MapRue Washington 185 Brussels
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