Stayed for a night in Brussels at the Hôtel Des Galeries--nice place (see separate review). Because we weren't up to scouting around for a place to eat dinner, we decided to eat at the adjoining restaurant, Comptoir des Galeries. It was simply incredible--by far the best meal in our two-week trip to Amsterdam, Brugge, and Paris. The restaurant itself is a pleasantly minimalist room in what had been an old lithography shop (the enormous press is still stands like a cool piece of industrial sculpture at one end of the room). Our table was opposite the open kitchen, and it was fun to watch the highly focused crew scuttling around. But the food was the real star. My wife had the beef tenderloin (she's not normally a big meat eater). We each took one bite, put down our forks, and stared at each other in wonder. Very likely the best piece of meat either of us has ever eater, prepared simply and perfectly. I had a veal dish, equally simple and delectable. For starters, a mind-expanding artichoke stuffed with warm goat cheese. Quite incredible. Now, I've got to say, Brussels isn't our favorite European city, but we'd gladly cycle through in the future just to eat at this lovely restaurant.
Came here for lunch and wish that we had more time to enjoy the fine food. I had the grilled squid and lobster, which has a nice smoky aroma and was accompanied by a nice spicy oil. Also had the thinly sliced cured beef accompanied by delicate pearl onions and pickled cauliflower. Need to come back again to try other items on the menu.
The food is stunning. Great choices, creative and very tasty. The service was a bit off. After our drinks were brought we had to flag down the server to order. Then they never came back for second round of drinks. I had to go to the bar and order. It's a shame because the food is really good. And this wasn't just that I'm used to the US speed of things. We waited 45 minutes after our drinks were served before we went to the bar to order again. And the server was sitting there biting his nails staring into space. 5 star food with 2 start service. Breakfast was great here and the server for breakfast was on it. Maybe we hit an off night. Its as a Saturday night though.