On Bar Bik‘s street panel, an indicative arrow points to the entrance door. That’s because this restaurant is a little bit tucked away in the shadow of the KVS theater (check the KVS article). Nonetheless, Bar Bik‘s star has risen high amongst local Brusseleirs in the last couple of years.
‘Bik’ stands for ‘Brussels International Kitchen’. But it also refers to the Flemish verb to ‘bik‘. I can’t give an exact translation of ‘bikken‘: its meaning lies somewhere in between ‘savour’ and ‘devour’. Up to you to picture how that combination looks.
I often come to Bar Bik when my mom visits. We both find the food they serve here luscious and varied. The extensive menu changes regularly. To give you an idea: last time I was here, it included elements such as tataki, halloumi, salmon, polenta, mussels, linguini, pig’s cheek, venus clams and taleggio. The entire menu is written on the wall. Sometimes people come stand right in front of that menu and block your view while you’re in the middle of a tough decision. Usually I grant those visually impaired absolution.
Big plus n°1: there are quite some vegetarian dishes to choose from and they are more creative than another salad. Big plus n°2: service is super friendly and relaxed. Big plus n°3: they’ve hung fluffy carpets on the walls (an acoustic necessity that turned out great, decoratively speaking).
One negative consequence of all this positiveness: you must make a reservation, preferably two days in advance!