Hidden Belgium: L’Epicerie Nomad

Hidden Belgium: L’Epicerie Nomad

This discreet Brussels bistro was once a corner grocery store. It still has the old name written on the window. For many years it was a modest Thai restaurant run by the friendly Mongkhon Tangton.

The interior has been given a light makeover, but the old tiled floor, wooden shelves and vintage Berkel scales have survived. The rows of kitchen knives displayed just out of reach are a new touch.

This is now an ambitious neighbourhood restaurant with the creative chef Jean Callens in the kitchen. He works with local ingredients to create interesting sharing dishes such as black pudding with caramelised apple, or roast squid served with mashed potato and chorizo.

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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