Hidden Belgium: La Bonne Chère

Hidden Belgium: La Bonne Chère

It used to be called L’idiot du Village, the Village Idiot. Hidden down a cobbled lane in the Marolles, it was an intimate restaurant filled with antiques. But then it closed. Now the restaurant is open again with a new name and a new team to run it.

It has hardly changed. Two small rooms with exposed brick walls, candles and velvet curtains. But the team in the kitchen has introduced a fresh concept.

The chefs create stunning dishes such as roast octopus with black pudding, cheese cake made with Herve, and appetisers that are miniature works of art.

And the enthusiastic servers take time to describe everything that goes into each dish.

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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