Everything on the menu
I have a terrible time making up my mind in a restaurant. The menu items are always so tempting, and when you eat most everything, as I do, it’s pretty hard to narrow it down to just one dish.
Sometimes I persuade Poor John to go halves with me, so we order two dishes and share. Occasionally I ask the waiter/waitress to surprise me. Or ask them to let the chef choose. This annoys the heck out of Poor John and the girls, but I do it anyway.
But I had a real treat in Brussels a few weeks back. We were staying with Jean-Mi and Sali (11 years ago Jean-Mi was our very first exchange student). They had both worked all day, so we suggested going out rather than cooking. They recommended a nice little tapas bar called QuartierLibre. It only has a blackboard menu of 16 dishes and each person is obliged to order a set platter of four so—you guessed it—we ordered all four platters. We shared everything and all liked some dishes better than others, but everything was very good and it was the first time in my life I’ve had everything on a menu. Wish I could remember what I liked best—although something with couscous was superb as was the dish with broccoli.
If you get to Brussels, give them a try.
Place du Luxembourg
Rue de Treves 44
Tel: 02 230 4194
Open Monday to Friday