On Bar Bik‘s street panel, there’s an indicative arrow pointing 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 certainly risen high amongst Brusseleirs in the last couple of years.
‘Bik’ stands for ‘Brussels International Kitchen’. But it also refers to the Flemish verb to ‘bik‘ (or ‘bikken‘). It is rather hard to give an exact translation: its meaning lies somewhere in between ‘savour’ and ‘devour’. It’s up to you to picture how that looks.
I always come to Bar Bik with my mom. 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, so that sometimes people come stand right in front of it and block your sight while you’re in the middle of an already very tough decision. But I usually 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 good, decoratively speaking).
One negative consequence of all this positiveness: you must make a reservation, preferably two days in advance.
Bar Bik | Restaurants (International ) | Mains from € 13.50
Arduinkaai 3 | +3222197500
Mon – Fri 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:00 – 22:00