In restaurant Jour de Fête (French for ‘Holiday’), I always feel like I’m a little kid at my own birthday party: bright colors everywhere; little colored flags decorating the walls for this special occasion; and I’m absolutely certain that I must be the happiest person in the room.
Why am I so delighted about Jour de Fête?
Well, the staff is sincerely welcoming and friendly. The simple interior creates a cozy atmosphere. You have some nice antipasti to choose from (€ 8 for four, € 12 for six). The main meal menu changes on a weekly basis (check website) and always consists of five choices: you can have meat, fish, pasta, a vegetarian or a seasonal meal. The chef’s cooking skills are splendid! He prepares food that provokes those short silences necessary to fully savour its many different tastes. And it also makes me exclaim to my table partners a couple of times: “Did I already mention that this food is really good?”
For me, Jour de Fête is just one of the best restaurant options in Brussels’ city center.
On top of this – or rather below – Jour de Fête has a party space available in its basement, which you can rent. I can’t tell you if it’s any good, because I’ve never attended a party in this basement. But maybe I can just throw my next birthday party there and really be that kid again…