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21, Place Georges Brugmann
+ 32 (0) 23470882
Whenever I'm struck by nostalgia for my travels in the United States, I head straight to the Balmoral to sample the best American specialities on offer in Brussels.
Oh Happy Days!
How can we forget that famous restaurant from Happy Days where the Fonz, with his slicked-back hair, spent such quality time hanging out with friends? If you would like to rediscover that delightful world, then there's only one place to go: the Balmoral. Complete with 1960s décor and colour scheme, I half expected to see the Beach Boys come in at any minute with surfboards under their arms!
A gourmet trip
Like the décor, the à la carte menu offers all the flavours from across the pond: hamburgers, club sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, spare ribs, pancakes, cookies, milkshakes, brownies and cheesecake. The manager has been utterly faithful to traditional American cuisine. And the pleasure is all ours! Finding a seat can be tricky, particularly for brunch on Sundays. My advice is to get here early.
I work as a fashion consultant, tear through the papers every morning, race off to concerts whenever I can and claim ""belgitude"" as a guarantee of original quality! My little extra: new shops, trendy concept-stores, organic restaurants and artists' workshops.