Here are some shops and random food places where to buy yummy stuff.





 Les Tartes de Françoise

Avenue de l'hippodrome 75. 1050 Brussels. Open 7/7 from 10am til 6pm.             02/644 95 30.


This is such an amazing place! What if I told you that the best salted and sweet tarts in the whole of Brussels are made here?  And what if you knew you can order them by phone or fax or internet and collect them the next day (or have them delivered) 7 on 7!

Olivier and Françoise started out passionately baking pies and tarts in their very small kitchen about ten years ago.

The Brussels restaurants were immediately charmed by the “home made” look and taste of their tarts and started ordering…One thing led to another and now about 500 pies and tarts are delivered all over Brussels every day.

Their speciality is the lemon/meringue crusted tart, the rhubarb crumble, and our indisputable favourite, Francoise’s cheesecake.

We personally prefer picking up our ordered tarts in the workshop rather than having them delivered, because the workshop just breathes out the passion and love for food that too many others lack and it’s a kick watching people bake and busy bee around with the ingredients.

Thank you Françoise!!!


 La Vaiselle au Kilo

Bodenbroekstraat 8A.1000 Brussels. Sablon. 02/513 49 84. Open Mon-Fri from 10am til 6pm and Sat-Sun from 10am til 6.30pm.

A two stories shop in the midst of the Sablon where you can buy porcelain, glasses, kitchen utensils, jugs, cups, decanters, napkins, pots and pans, decorative items for the kitchen, cutlery, etcetera… per kilo! I’ve bought Japanese Zen style porcelain, footless wineglasses, elegant and not overpriced Boch teacups, and other small items which I don’t really need but are fun to have…Freedom of choice, in quality and quantity...which is not always evident when it comes to porcelain.

Items are weighed at the cash register which makes this store much more fun than the others!


Tagawa Superstore

119, Chaussée de Vleurgat. 1050 Brussels. Open from Monday-Saturday from 10am-7pm.                Tel.: 02/648 59 11


This is a well hidden supermarket with almost exclusively Japanese products, such as a variety of udon noodles, miso pastes, sushi rice, soy sauces and other basics, but the main reason to come shopping here is their sushi and sashimi counter behind which two chefs diligently cut a variety of remarkably fresh fish.(look at that red tuna!)

A portion of sashimi consists of 25 slices whatever fish of your choice. You can decide on just tuna and salmon or add calamari and shrimps and octopus.

If you plan on making hassle free sushi, you can buy the ingredients at the store, cook the rice and make the rolls at home, but buy the fish filling there. The chefs will cut up fish in makizushi form (large roll of sushi), so you don’t have to bother about choosing/buying the fish, trying to cut in a something that resembles the form of our roll without wasting too much, etc!

If you’re not into making sushi, you can also just buy it here. €12 per portion of 9 pieces of sushi. For larger quantities, (+3pax) or during the week, it is always best to order by telephone or to pass in the shop and order in advance. Note that the fact that they are not very "friendly" or "commercial" in our western eyes is just one of the major cultural differences between east and west. Just don't take it personally!

Whichever formula you choose, stay away from the sushi factory and have some real sushi for a change! ;-)



Comus & Gasterea Ice Cream

Quai au Briques 86/88. 1000 Brussels.(Ste Catherine). Open Mo-Fri 11am- 6pm & on Sat. from 9am-11am. Tel.:02/223 43 66

Ice cream. Ice Cream. Ice Cream.                                          Let’s not start a discussion about whether Italian ice cream is better than the one served at Maison Berthillon in Paris, whether one should use less or more egg yolks, whether cones alter the taste of the ordered flavour,…

Let us concentrate on Michel Comus, glacier Artisan, who quit his high profile job to be able to concentrate fully on his passion; ice cream, and to do so in a stress free environment…

He feels, reflects, combines, travels, creates, shares.

Lavender/Vanilla, 3 Peppers, Endive/Mustard, Curry/Ginger, Chocolate/Campari, Jasmine, Salted caramel, Roasted coffee, Sage/Zest of lime, …

Plain vanilla and chocolate are also available, as well as sorbets with less daring combinations than the ones mentioned above.

This is not just ice cream, this is culinary art. A statement of Passion, Love and Balance. 

It is beyond doubt, in my humble opinion, taste wise and texture wise the best ice cream I have ever tasted.



Tandoori Land Nightshop

Rue Longue-Vie 3. 1050 Brussels. Open 7/7 from midday til midnight. 02/512 39 02


When the law passed saying that night shops aren’t allowed to open before 5pm, Bangladesh owner Akhtar showed his creativity by installing a second entrance door. There is now one on the left side saying “Day shop” and one on the right side saying “Night shop"!                                      Why do we come here?                                                          We come here for traditional Dhaba Pakistan/Indian take out. (One can eat in as well, but I’ve never seen anyone do it, and I wouldn’t recommend it!)                                                 Pakora’s, samosa’s, tikka masala, lentils, kashmiri chicken (raisins, almonds and coconut milk), Madras chicken, bhoona chicken (coriander, fresh tomatoes), spiced lamb, vegetarian curries,… ! The most expensive portion is €5.50 and the portion of Basmati rice is €1.50 (with cinnamon, cumin, coriander,).

Nothing refined, somewhat fatty, sometimes too spicy, for the India nostalgic amongst you, this is the perfect spot to come and relive culinary "excitement" whilst getting ready for some serious Bollywood DVD-action! Dhanyawad !



 Kam Yuen Supermarket

2-4, Rue de la Vièrge noire. 1000 Brussels. Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-7pm. Tel.: 02/512 58 33.

The success of cooking a wonderful meal is not only based upon skill but very often depends upon the ingredients you use. If you wish to adventure yourself into cooking Asian food, regardless of the country, you need the same ingredients the inhabitants use. So before you begin, bring a visit the largest Asian supermarket in Brussels where most Asian countries are represented. Vegetables, spices, dried food, dim sums, noodles, varieties of rice, rice cookers and Asian kitchen utensils, anything you need really.

I have been heard the following comments:

1. staff is unfriendly, 2. staff is unhelpful, 3. It smells weird, 4. I can’t find anything, 5.I don’t know what to buy”.


The truth is:

1. Staff is Asian, not unfriendly and we come across that cultural difference again of them not demonstrating any of the commercial flair we are used to. 2. Staff hardly speaks anything other than Mandarin and is more unable to help than unwilling. (Tip, if you need help, just ask one of the Asian customers!) 3. I guess this could be true if one is not really used to the different odours of fruit and vegetables. (One lady once shared that the Indonesian Durian (fruit) reminded her of the smell of a rotting body! I assure you it is delicious!) ;-) 4. It takes a couple of visits. (in the Antwerp store, for ex. there are indications per country and sometimes region, which does make it a lot easier, I agree). 5. Yes, it can be confusing sometimes to choose between 15 different soy sauces, but again, ask a customer for advice, or just dare to travel into the  unknown universe of Asian flavours!


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