the unnoticed address that opened at the gates of Brussels

the unnoticed address that opened at the gates of Brussels
the unnoticed address that opened at the gates of Brussels

While some addresses make a lot of noise as soon as they open, sometimes at the risk of disappointing more than one person, others go almost unnoticed even though they are totally worth it. Among these, there is Balthazar: a restaurant which opened discreetly in August 2023, and which since then has never before been highlighted on So Soir. It’s now done, after having tested it, we can assure you, the address has nothing to envy of the most coveted restaurants located in the heart of the capital. Here, the appointment is therefore made in Zaventem, on the border between Krainem and Wezembeek-Oppem.

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More than just a brewery

It stands out first of all in the decor: forget the has-been decor of traditional brasseries, here, we wanted to create a pretty designer setting. At the back of the restaurant, a wall covered with organic shapes in colorful tones reminiscent of the restaurant’s menu, which was also imagined around this design. The tables revolve around a large bar, where it is also possible to sit down to chat or simply observe the staff working behind the counter. We also like the contrast of elements: we are in an industrial atmosphere with vintage touches, plants, and wood materials to warm up the place. This gives large pots of dried flowers at the bar, high cane chairs and stools, and partitions made of wooden strips.

The other big advantage not to be overlooked: the space of the place. Here, there is room to accommodate 80 people inside, and the same capacity on the terrace, outside. Don’t worry, you won’t risk nudging your neighbor due to lack of space between tables. The tables are arranged in an airy manner, which allows you to spread your belongings as you wish, to stretch out between each course and even push back your chair to slump down at the end of the meal when you can no longer close the button of your jeans. Yes, yes, a detail for certain, but which is very important for gourmets. On the other hand, note that with so many place settings, the place quickly becomes noisy as soon as the room fills up.

Seasonal dishes

Reflecting the friendly atmosphere of the place, Julie Van Antro and her husband Olivier Vanbergen, the owners at the helm of this address, are perfect hosts: they worry about knowing if everything is going well without being omnipresent at your table. This is also how we quickly understand that they have experience in the field. They are also at the head of the Ollie grocery store in Wezembeek-Oppem and the Patte Noire store in Stockel, the two delicatessens that liven up the two neighborhoods. They know the welcome, and the quality products too. On the plate, it gives a mixture of gourmet and regressive dishes of French and Mediterranean inspiration with seasonal products. As a starter, we opted for the 63° egg accompanied by a pan of wild mushrooms. This famous perfect egg that is rare to find on the menu of classic brasseries because it is often described as too technical. Here, the cooking is perfect, the seasonings are just right. For our neighbor at the table, it will be the essential seasonal dish: Flemish asparagus with salmon. Here again, it’s flawless.

We then continue with a scampi and scallop risotto enhanced by a saffron sauce and semi-cooked tuna, topped with eggplant caviar and a virgin sauce. Clearly not the most light from the menu, it’s bathed in oil but it explodes in the mouth because it’s so good. We put off the diet until later. And it’s an understatement to say it: we’re no longer hungry, we’re largely full, but the chocolate mousse to share catches our eye and we weakly give in to temptation. It’s delicious, but it only half-excites us. No doubt it was one bite too many, because the plates are ultra copious and generous. However, we still tell ourselves that next time, we will also taste the XXL tiramisu to share.

To be honest, we want to come back for lots of reasons: in winter, for the warmth of the fire around comforting dishes, in summer, for the terrace and boards to share around good French wines. Definitely a new address to add to your list!


Or ? Rue Du Roy de Blicquylaan 12, 1933 Zaventem

When ? Open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. non-stop.

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