November 11, 2005
You would usually be advised to avoid the formula restaurants in the rue des Bouchers area, but Vincent, founded in 1905, is something different. For starters, you make your entrance through the bustling kitchen. That's a first overlook on what you'll later get in your plates!! No doubt about how fresh the meat is!!! The brigade of waiters, all men, all dressed in white and gold, treat you with professional respect.
The main room (ask for the salle carellée) is exquisitely tiled, with tables shaped like fishing smacks. But this is no theme restaurant; it offers serious Brussels cuisine and is as close as you can get to the traditional Bruxellois experience. Funny to see the waiter preparing and putting the final touch to your plate just before you get served. The usually prepare the dishes up front on a "work desk" in the middle of the room.
The restaurant is most of the time crowded and reservation even if not mandatory is recommended. That also means that it may be a little noisy for a romantic diner!
Food is delicious and the bill is very reasonable.
From journal Gateway to Brussels