Prawn croquettes are veritable icons of Belgian gastronomy, and are a real “must” when you visit Brussels.
Crunchy outside and fluffy inside, these classics of Belgian cuisine are eaten with a squeeze of lemon juice and deep-fried parsley.
Ever-present on the menus of countless restaurants, it’s hard to know where to find the best ones. Thankfully, visit.brussels organised a competition to find the restaurants serving up the best prawn croquettes in the capital.
Has all this talk got your mouth watering? Perfect, because here’s our top 10 of the best spots to eat them in Brussels:
1. Fernand Obb Delikatessen
Overall winner of the first edition of visit.brussels’ competition, Fernand Obb Delicatessen is the best place to enjoy homemade croquettes that won’t break the bank. So make your way down to Fernand Obb Delicatessen and discover their menu and, of course, their wonderful prawn croquettes.
Rue de Tamines 27, 1060 Saint-Gilles
2. La Quincaillerie
This Brussels institution, a stone’s throw from Ixelles’ Chatelain neighbourhood, offers brasserie cuisine in the unusual setting of an old Art Nouveau hardware store.
Rue du Page 45, 1050 Ixelles
3. Ma Folle de Soeur
Conjuring up delights for 20 years, Ma Folle de Sœur owner Sandrine concocts healthy family food that varies with the seasons. This unmissable location in the Place Stéphanie neighbourhood is ideal for a break between two shopping sprees.
Chaussée de Charleroi 53, 1060 Bruxelles
4. Restaurant François
For three generations, Restaurant François has been an unmissable place for seafood. Their signature dish is their prawn croquettes, with prawns hand-peeled in the fishmongers next door!
Quai aux Briques 2, 1000 Bruxelles
5. Todt’s Café
Located only a stone’s throw from the Sablon, Todt's Café showcases Belgian cuisine. Recently opened, this convivial little spot’s delicious prawn croquettes earned their place in our top 5.
Rue de Rollebeek 11, 1000 Bruxelles
6. Belga Queen
One of a kind, Belga Queen is one of the city centre’s unmissable establishments. Designed by interior designer Antoine Pinto, the Belga Queen showcases Belgian cuisine, particularly its prawn croquettes.
Rue du Fossé aux Loups 32, 1000 Bruxelles
7. Toucan Brasserie
Toucan Brasserie, the perfect example of braseries that we know and love. An establishment where you feel comfortable and welcome and can sit back and enjoy one of the capital’s top 10 prawn croquettes.
Avenue Louis Lepoutre 1, 1050 Ixelles
8. Atelier de Willy
A small, mouth-watering menu, a classic setting; Atelier de Willy is the kind of spot that you like to keep secret! Stephan and Bogdan change their menu every month, creating delicious little dishes made with love and tradition.
Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 118, 1000 Bruxelles
9. La Guinguette en Ville
Nestled at the feet of the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage, La Guinguette is the place to be if your looking for timeless Brussels cuisine classics. As well as favourites like Americain-style tartare and sirloin steaks, you must try their divine prawn croquettes.
Rue du Béguinage 9, 1000 Bruxelles
10. Brasserie de la Gare
Fra from the fashions and hustle and bustle of the city centre, Brasserie de la Gare is a restaurant with a loyal following of regulars and it’s easy to understand why: delicious old favourites concocted following traditional recipes.
Chaussée de Gand 1430, 1082 Berchem-Sainte-Agathe