Bistro style dining in Brussels at Selecto
When people ask me where I can recommend a good restaurant in Brussels, I have three or four addresses to give depending on what they look for. Restaurant Selecto is always on that list.
In downtown Brussels, near the fashionable rue Dansaert, walk all the way down the rue de Flandre. It is a street with lots of restaurant options, but keep walking until you stop at the traffic lights. Now look behind you, there are Parisian bistro chairs and tables on the pavement and a room with dozens of warm yellow lights hanging from the ceiling oozing cosiness and inviting you in. You have arrived, that is Selecto.
The bistro-style atmosphere, the great location downtown Brussels, the great value lunch menu are all good reasons to come here, but it is the really good food that will make you book a return visit. Everything is just so delicious, nothing too pretentious, flavours that are just right.
I was invited with my sister this summer to try out their seasonal menu. Starting with 'une coupe de champagne' is always a good idea. When we got the menu the waiter said the ravioli with squid confit came highly recommended, so my choice was easily made. Filled pasta is the sort of dish that gets me excited to dig my fork into it. My sister started with a rustic mackerel rillette with tomatoes and summer herbs.
I stayed with my choice of fish for the mains and had a super soft Scottish salmon, half baked and wrapped in wafer thin crispy pastry. My sister had a beautiful roasted duck breast with the most delicious white peaches compote. Dessert for me is always sweet and the raspberry mousseline with creamy sharp lime sorbet was the right balance of sweet and zingy. My sister took the cheese board with a lovely choice from Cremerie Linkebeek, a great Brussels cheese shop only a few streets away.
Top marks also for the sommelier who was really charmingly helpful and introduced us to some great wines from the impressive wine list.
It is no surprise that chef Olivier Morland has done this before. His repertoire includes former Michelin star restaurant Le Pain et le Vin. With Selecto he aims to bring great quality dishes in a bistro setting.
I love the relaxed lunch atmosphere with a great value two course menu on offer. In the evenings the restaurant turns the bistro mood up a notch and the bustling atmosphere hits all the right notes.
open Tue-Sat 1200-1430 and 1900-2230 (Fri & Sat till 2300)