Rue de la Pacification 38
What’s good? A starter platter with lentils, hummus and marinated vegetables was fresh and beautifully presented. You can’t go wrong with the wonderfully spiced couscous dishes and tagines, both the vegetarian and the lamb versions were excellent. Portions are generous and come out piping hot (on a warm late summer night, they’ll definitely make you sweat!)
What’s not? Service can be slow and a little grumpy. As a large group, we were warned off ordering dishes that would take too long to prepare and told the kitchen had run out of several options. Luckily the food was worth the wait.
Vibe: The place is airy and light, with tiled tables and subtle touches of Moroccan design. The restaurant sits on a quiet square, and on a recent sweltering evening the windows had been thrown open to let in a breeze.
Who’s picking up the check? Prices are very reasonable, with most mains under €15.
Spotted: Close to the EU Quarter but off the beaten path, this place seems to be a favorite among locals — you’re not likely to run into anyone from the office (unless you bring them along, as I did).
Insider tip: The house wine is surprisingly tasty.
Fun fact: The name of the restaurant translates to “The little extra touch.”
How to get there: Just around the corner from Square Ambiorix, it’s a short walk from metro stations Schuman, Maalbeek or Madou.
— Review published on September 28, 2023. Illustration by Dato Parulava for POLITICO.