“Stoemp” and beer aren’t my usual cup of tea, but when they’re done delicious it’s only right to give credit where it is due. Madame Chapeau is located in an area where I tend to go for dinner quite often, but for some reason it took a while before trying this one. After a recommendation from a friend, and convincing my eating partners in crime that this spot wasn’t just about plain potatoes and sausage, off we went to Madame Chapeau. It was pretty much an instant coup de foudre for all of us.
The interior is done right (slightly hipster vibe, check), the staff is friendly (not always an obvious factor in Brussels) and the food is delicious. As you can see on the menu, the concept is pretty straightforward. You pick a “stoemp” (aka mashed potatoes mixed with vegetables), add a piece of meat, fish or cheese and top it off with a sauce.
This concept is all about “what more do you need” to me, which is great when you’re looking for a no-nonsense but still yummy meal on a weekday. And of course the biggest plus is that they’ve taken a traditional concept to the next level by adding original touches (hello, endive and tartufata) and using healthy, quality products. This one’s a win-win for me!
Madame Chapeau – Rue du Marché au Charbon 94
image nr. 1 & 3 via Madame Chapeau