"Worth a detour" is the definition of a two-Michelin starred restaurant. Though not a normal "detour", I did the unusual and visited this restaurant solo (despite my typical aversion to dining alone at a restaurant). It was early in our time in Brussels, back when I thought I only had 3 weeks. Unfortunately, the only available night at La Paix Brussels was on a night when Bryan wasn't free. The concierge also cautioned to me that it could be a little unsafe at night.
Despite these minor obstacles, I still made the decision to go. In retrospect, it was well "worth the detour" to experience La Paix and all that it has to offer.
How It All Began
La Paix Brussels is a very special restaurant.
It has a long history, though it has changed and re-invented itself during this history. Established in 1892, it was more of a casual French style brasserie that served steak frites until Chef David Martin took over in 2004. Chef Martin is originally from the Basque region and trained under French chef Alain Passard (of 3-Michelin star L'Arpege). He began traveling to Japan in 2013, learning about Japanese ingredients, techniques, and other tricks. He started incorporating these ideas into brand new menus at La Paix soon after.
Since then, Chef Martin's creative globally-inspired cooking has received a lot of attention and won countless awards. The restaurant received its first Michelin star in 2012, and second star in 2019, which it maintains to this day. In 2019, Chef Martin was recognized as Gault & Millau's Chef of the Year for Belgium.
The Tasting Menu - La Paix Brussels
The tasting menu is a glorious adventure of creative surprises. Because Chef Martin incorporates influences from all over the world, sometimes you really don't know what to expect. This makes the surprises even more delightful and the well executed combinations even more impressive.
There is no a la carte menu, only tasting menus. The lunch tasting menu costs €85. There are two dinner tasting menus, one costing €165, the other costing €220. The longer tasting menu includes an extra savory course and an extra dessert. The entire table needs to get the same thing.
Appetizers from the Sea
Appetizers from the Land
A Thousand Origami Cranes
General Thoughts - La Paix Brussels
There's no question that La Paix is one of the more creative, cutting edge, and interesting restaurants in Brussels these days. If you're looking for a culinary adventure full of flavors, interpretations, and maybe even ingredients you've never tried before, La Paix is a fun place to go. For me, several of the dishes were brilliant, while some flavor combinations did not quite suite me. It's OK, though. After all, it's still more fun to experience a brilliant chef's creativity than to eat the same flavors over and over again.
This is the type of place that I would certainly want to visit again. Chef Martin is clearly a talented chef. I'm sure if I come again the meal will be different but still equally interesting and fun.
The service was exceptionally good. It was dark and rainy out that day. After I called an Uber, a staff member stood out in the rain and helped look for the car. (He even asked for the license plate.) They brought out an umbrella and escorted me to the car, ensuring that I was safely on my way home.
All in all, if you want to have a higher end meal in Brussels, La Paix is an excellent choice.
La Paix Brussels
rue Ropsy-Chaudron 49
Anderlecht, 1070, Belgium
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