Another restaurant post yes…My week was full of restaurants, maybe a little too much as my stomach is crying for me to stop eating. I’ve had my fill now it’s time to go back to my healthy food and veggies!
But before that, let me tell you about Le Jardin d’Asie. This is a restaurant that I discovered about two years and a half again when my boyfriend took me there to have lunch. His dad had previously worked during the launch period of this establishment so we are always welcomed and getting discount :p the place has changed a lot since I first came; it’s gotten a lot bigger with a garden, a ceremony side, and better management of space but still a very nice taste in decoration, that hasn’t changed.
The food tends to remain the same but that’s what makes the reputation of the Jardin d’Asie. When I go there I always order what they call “L’oeil du Dragon” (Dragon’s Eye) as a starter because I fell in love with this little delicacy. Basically it’s a mix of shrimps rolled in a ball form (and maybe some chicken) with bread crumbs around it and it’s fried. I looooove it because it’s tasty and crunchy
My boyfriend had some “frog legs” (not sure if that’s how you call that dish) coked with garlic, it was good but I prefer the ones that a Chinese friend of our cooks :p after that I had shrimp Sate style but there wasn’t much to eat so I tried some of everyone meals. The lamb and duck were great although very spicy.
The good point about Jardin d’Asie is the fact that it’s a nice restaurant with an amazing garden and even in winter you can eat out there thanks to the heaters. In summer, eating on the terrace is very refreshing, I wouldn’t stay in I found some nice pictures to show you what it’s like because my IPhone decided to take a nap around 10pm.
Address: Chaussée de Bruxelles 492, 1410 Waterloo
Price: Depends what you order but to give you an idea, we were four and we ordered: 3 starters+1course then 4 main courses + a rice supplement + 3 bottles of wine and it costs us 169€. In this price you have 64€ of wine so basically if you don’t drink as much as my BF and friends it should cost you 30€/pers
Rating: Love the atmosphere, my starter, the restaurant and garden!! The menu is always good.
The new Urban Decay eye shadows palette is out and we can buy it as of now with a nice discount thanks to a French website called MademoiZelle.com. This website provides articles about a bit of everything from movie review to make up to street style, to people trying this or that. Yesterday, the email I got proposed the new NAKED3 palette at 36€ instead of 45€ at the Sephora web shop. I never actually bought a big palette but this one has all the colours that I need so why buy them one by one right?
Shipping fees included, I paid 45€ so the discount I got was of 9€ (covering the fees). I should get the palette in a week or so, let’s hope they hurry so that I get it before my office closes :p
To find the article about the discount: click here
To find the palette on the Sephora web shop: click here
To get the discount enter: BAROCKCG and apparently a 60€ order gets free shipping so hurryy
At my workplace we have a table where we put everything our clients bring us or send us, usually it’s sweets and chocolates…There isn’t a day when this table is empty…Makes it difficult to resist and not eat a piece here and there but when you want to transform your fat into muscles it becomes a real challenge: chocolate, sweets, pure butter biscuits, Turkish delicacies and so on…For Saint Nicolas, for Christmas, for someone retiring, for a birthday, every occasion is good.
Today we must thank Françoise who’s retiring and brought us what’s on the table right now…It’s gonna be a long week and lots of struggle :p
- Lose the Guilt Before You Lose the Weight (spirofit.wordpress.com)
- Enough with the Guilt (pickyrunner.com)
- Guilt (jadonai.wordpress.com)
I admit the actual price shouldn’t have been 12.5€ per person but I bought a deal on the website Groupon which allowed me and three persons to test the restaurant Il perfetto for 50€. What was included in this formula? A three courses menu with wine (starter, main course, dessert). We had to choose between three options for each course which was nice; you always like to be able to decide what you want to eat.
I took the bruschetta as my starter while my three partners in crime took the Melanzane alla Parmigiana which consisted of aubergine in a sort of tomato sauce but I smelled really great! So did my bruschetta’s, the four of them had various tastes (tomato cheese, ham cheese, garlic, etc.).
For the main course we all went for pasta: two chose the quatro stagioni and two chose the tomato shrimp. Frankly it was nicely cooked and the portion wasn’t too big so I was happy since I’m not a big eater. The sauce tastes like shrimp and not just tomato and the cheese had a powerful taste so it was great
For the dessert we tried every dessert they had: Tiramisu, Pana Cotta with caramel and Crème brûlée. I really liked my tiramisu it was homemade so was the pana cotta and you felt it at the first bite.
We were the first clients to arrive around 6.30pm and we were the last ones to leave, we had a great time really. The staffs were nice and helpful, answering all our questions and putting our dishes to heat a bit because we didn’t eat fast enough :p (too much talking).
Address: Relais street 19, 1050 Brussels
Price: We paid 50€ for a 3 course meals+wine for 4 persons because of the Groupon deal so check the website to have an idea of the prices. But from what I understand, the deal was worth 150€ so count 40-45€ per person.
Rating: Interesting restaurant and good cuisine. The chef is Italian and they all speak Italian so it isn’t a fake “Italian restaurant” like so many I tried. Most of the desserts are homemade (not the sorbet but everything else) which is becoming a rare occurrence.
On saturday we were invited to a concert because my boyfriend knows the singer, it was hosted by the Louise Avenue Brasserie located Avenue Louise 164. The building looks so nice, I really like what they’ve done with the place and how well kept it is. There are different atmospheres on every floor : restaurant, brasserie, bar, wine bar and I didn’t even check the floors upstairs !
I had already eaten when we arrived (the concert started at 9pm) so I didn’t try the menu but it sure looked tasty. Especially the part about wagyu, I was impressed that they served it, not many palces do. It’s such a fine meat from Japan, I’ve tasted it two years ago and it was so nice that on saturday I was sad to be full when I arrived. I’m certain that I’ll be going back to check this out!!
- A Little Bit about Wagyu. (balictarmeetsbourdain.wordpress.com)
- When in Louise (unepetitebruxelloise.wordpress.com)
We went to the apartment yesterday. It is still empty but we’re doing all the cleaning and today we’ll be bringing some of our belongings. If the car trip goes fine, the kitchen will be ready to use and we may have a bed to sleep on :p
But yesterday we were hungry and we found an Italian restaurant 100m away from the apartment so we decided to try it. It’s called “Phenix” and you can’t miss it as it’s built on a corner, it’s very visible. The restaurant is bigger inside than it appears when you look at the facade. The atmosphere is warm and simple but cosy. We had grissini on the table which is nice; I really like grissini, 1 point for the restaurant!
The menu is mostly Italian but you can find some Belgian food as well. I chose the Chef’s Scallop with pasta and my boyfriend choose the Vesuvio pizza. It took 15-20min for the food to arrive at our table. It looked good and smelled good.
I was surprise by the ratio price/quality. We ordered: a pizza, a scallop, a coke, a white martini and a glass of red wine and this cost us 35€, not bad for good food no? I liked their pizza but the scallop could have bathed in another sauce, I thought it lacked spices. I added salt and Parmigiano in the sauce. So I’d say it’s a good address with a nice staff and menu. I think we will be going back whenever we don’t want to cook :p
Address: 480 Rue de Genève, 1030 Schaerbeek
Price: 35€ for two meals and drinks so very reasonable
Rating: I’d recommend as the food was good and price very gentle. The ratio price/food quality is good