When a friend of mine who lived in Japan, told me he found an authentic Japanese restaurant in Brussels, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Located on Chaussée d’ Ixelles, Yamayu Santatsu will give you a taste of the Land of the Rising Sun. The moment you walk through the door of this restaurant, you will feel already in Japan. A typical simple wooden furniture will welcome you, together with a vibrant atmosphere, as the place tends to get very busy (reservations suggested). Nevertheless, just peeking at the other customers’ plates, you will just want to run to your table and order as fast as you can!
The place offers a great selection of Japanese dishes. As a Japanese cuisine lover myself, I did not find it difficult to navigate the menu (which you can find translated), which includes warm and cold dishes. If you come with a group, I suggest taking the “Moriawase” version of the plate: Moriawase is Japanese for “assortment”, and it will bring a larger plate that is easier to share and try different things (since sharing is caring). My favorites are the Sashimi and the Sushi plates, which came with a variety of different raw fishes, including a “Fatty Tuna” that will melt in your mouth (and bring you to food paradise). A toast with a warm small cup, known as reishu-hai, of sake, to conclude the meal. When in the mood for some good Japanese food, Yamayu Santatsu is a go-to place.