Hidden Belgium: Le Plattesteen

Hidden Belgium: Le Plattesteen

This authentic corner bistro in the heart of Brussels has been cooking up solid Belgian food since 1936. Not much has changed since the first beer was served here.

Take a look inside as you walk past late at night. It could almost be a painting by Edward Hopper.

You sit down in an art deco interior furnished with wood panelling, mirrors and pink neon signs advertising beers that are no longer brewed. Notice the rare granito floor with its geometric art deco pattern.

The current owner Alain Blond, who grew up in the neighbourhood, has lovingly restored the old interior to its original state. Try the Flemish stoofvlees (stew) washed down with a Duvel beer. End with a classic dame blanche.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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