One typically associates Belgian food with heavy meats, beer, chocolate, and waffles. However, there is quite a farm-to-table movement and there are many restaurants serving lighter and ingredients-focused fare. Pre de chez Nous is known for its focus on local and sustainable food, providing excellent quality at a great value.
It's no surprise that I put it on my list of places to try early during our unexpected 2 month stay in Brussels.
Chef Henri Depiesse runs the show here and changes up the menu frequently, something I love (and miss in Hong Kong). A blackboard showcases the daily dishes on the menu inspired by the produce they have obtained directly from local partner suppliers.
The Michelin Guide has designated it as a Bib Gourmand, which means it's a restaurant that delivers high quality at a reasonable prices. It has also been recognized by Gault Millau as having excellent quality for price. At the time we went, Pre de chez Nous offered a 3-, 4-, or 5- course tasting menu for €36, €45, or €54 respectively, which is a pretty good value. A la carte, starters were €15,50, mains €21,50, and desserts €8.
Since the menu changes frequently, I am certain the dishes I've shown in this post will not be the exact ones available if you go. However, it gives you a sense of Chef Depiesse's modern yet rustic and familiar approach to food.
All in all, Pre de chez Nous is one of those places that I could visit over and over again. I love the focus on seasonal vegetables and the ever-changing menu. The ambiance is really very pleasant, and the service is friendly. If you're a tourist looking for something uniquely Belgian, perhaps you'd choose something else. However, Pre de chez Nous is a perfect place for local residents to enjoy a relaxing, pleasant meals made with an ever changing bounty of fresh produce.
Pre de chez Nous Brussels
Rue des Dominicains 19
Brussels 1000 Belgium