Sharing with a bunch of friends in Belgium for Foodies

1) Ötap

Ötap’s mezze menu is rather concise, with a dozen original and exciting plates to share. The drinks menu, served by the in-house mixologist, is centred around inventive cocktails. On Sundays the restaurant is open for a creative and seasonal brunch buffet, with a tasty range of refined products. So, hurry up and gather your friends for a lazy weekend date.

interior and bar for dining at Otap restaurant in Brussels

Place Albert Leemans 10, Ixelles

+32 (0)472 75 47 38

https://otaprestaurant.com

2) Old Boy

The concept of small sharing plates was key for the founders of Old Boy. Both of Eurasian descent, they wanted to offer the same culinary experience you would find in Thailand and Taiwan by serving dishes like bao buns, Thai minced-chicken salad or spicy Chinese beef noodles — to name just a few highlights. At the massive green marble bar, you can order a glass of natural wine (check out their orange wines) or a signature cocktail, and maybe even do a little dance, if the hip-hop playlist tickles your fancy.

kitchen and bar at Old Boy restaurant in Ixelles

Rue de Tenbosch 110, Ixelles

+32 (0)2 544 15 55

https://oldboyrestaurant.be

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3) Nr. 12 by Helsen

Sharing is caring at Nr. 12 by Helsen in Herentals. This urban food bar with playful accents is known for its eclectic menu. Order the chef sharing formula and prepare to be amazed by the originality of each dish that talented young chef Frédéric Helsen sends out. Add in the cheerful service by Wendy Van Loon and you know you’ll be back soon.

a plate of pasta and bread on the side at nr 12 by Helsen restaurant

Grote Markt 12, Herentals

+32 (0)472 32 07 74 12

https://12byhelsen.be

4) Schnitzel

Geert Weyn swapped a career as a sociologist for one as a chef. Since 2015, he has been running Schnitzel, an exceptional but unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant with accessible sharing dishes. Don’t let the name fool you: even though the actual schnitzel is a pretty dull dish that can be found on pretty much every German restaurant menu, Geert’s creativity leads to incredible flavours, complemented by a one-of-a-kind sense of hospitality.

people having dinner at Schnitzel in Antwerp

5) Door73

Part the heavy curtains at the entrance and you’ll discover a vibrant wine bar before you even enter the restaurant. When you find yourself in the dining room and your instinct is telling you to order everything on the menu, the DOOR73 sharing plates are your best friends! We like the Ottolenghi- style flavours in particular, adding an extra punch to Ghent’s restaurant scene. By offering revisited comfort food as well as contemporary and more refined creations, chef Eric Ivanidis makes sure you’ll always have a wondrous variety of choices.

people sharing a dinner at Door73 restaurant in Ghent

6) Boulebaar

The warm and welcoming couple Pieterjan Loomans and Joni Desmet that owns Boulebaar caters to your every need with a lunch menu – toast, soup, eggs Benedict, a brioche and even Malaysian laksa are a few of the available options – but starting from 3 pm, the food-sharing concept with bites from all around the world takes over. Thanks to the cosy living- room setting – make sure to admire the stucco ceilings and the romantic fireplace – your afternoon treat or aperitivo snack with friends becomes even tastier.

people seated at at dinner table at Boulebaar

Leopoldplein 17, Hasselt

+32 (0)11 78 33 42

https://boulebaar.be

7) La Bru’sserie

Situated in the peaceful centre of Durbuy and overlooking the medieval castle, hotel-restaurant Le Sanglier des Ardennes has a wellness centre, a terrace with a spectacular view over the Ourthe River and three restaurants. La Bru’sserie, Wout Bru’s exciting sharing restaurant, has a menu that will take you on a journey from Asia (beef tataki) to South America (lamb taco), and all the way back home with a preparation of smoked eel.

cozy interior of La Bru'sserie in Durbuy

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