Thursday, April 21, 2011

Seafood at Restaurant le Vismet, Brussels

Vis Brussels on Enjoy Food & Travel 2006-2010 i et større kart

The area around Place Saint-Catherine in Brussels is the recommended area to enjoy fresh seafood in the Belgian capital. Here you will find restaurants adjusted to most budgets. The latest seafood meal we had here was at Restaurant le Vismet. Great location, nice interior, decent service, but what we ate was a little bland and boring.

Rating Restaurant le Vismet: BBBB (3,85 points)

  • Area: BBBB+
  • Interior and atmosphere: BBBB
  • Service: BBB+
  • Food: BBB+
Église Saint-Catherine as seen from the square
Restaurant le Vismet is located at Place Saint-Catherine or Sint- Katelijneplein, as every space and spot in Brussels has a Flemish and a French name.

This picturesque square is just a short walk away from Grand Place, the beating heart of the European capital.

I have had many a decent seafood experience here during my two decades visiting Brussels, and I try to explore at least one new restaurant every time I'm back.

It was my good friend Ketil that had heard favourable reviews of Restaurant le Vismet, and we decided to try it.

We arrived too late for lunch, and after a short negotiation the kitchen at Restaurant le Vismet decided that we could order before it closed for more serving before dinner.
Stylish interior at Restaurant le Vismet
I liked the interior at the Restaurant le Vismet, contemporary, with stylish tables set for elegant lunch.

There were, in my opinion, a few tables too many, in the room, as guests would, if the restaurant would be fully booked, be seated uncomfortably close to other parties.

I was determined to choose a seafood dish. I chose the seafood risotto, and a glass of white wine to follow.

Seafood risotto à la Restaurant le Vismet
The risotto was presented in a white china deep plate, sprinkled with fresh parsley.

When tucking into the dish, I immediately felt at the arborio rice had been prepared to perfection, you could chew every grain. Sadly the rest of the experience ended there.

Sadly there were no more interesting  culinary experiences to be reported from here.  The  taste of the risotto was quite flat, with no contrasting flavours, and no seasoning had been used except the salt derived from the stock. It is a good idea to use a little white wine or lemon juice to add a little acidity.

What was supposed to be an interesting culinary experience ended up being the opposite. Very boring! The good thing was that the food did not cost an arm or a leg, so you could leave the meal behind you quickly.

It is all a pity really, as I liked the atmosphere at Restaurant le Vismet, but judging from the seafood risotto, I would certainly look for another a place to eat seafood at Place Saint-Cathérine. 


Restaurant le Vismet
Sint-Katelijneplein 23
1000 Brussel, België
Phone: 02 218 85 45

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