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“Great Portuguese experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bookalokal - Serving local food experiences

Bookalokal - Serving local food experiences
Place du Chatelain, Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
+32470680127
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Ranked #4 of 104 Restaurants in Ixelles
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Belgian, International
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Thanks to Bookalokal, finding an authentic, local meal in Brussels (and a few other select cities!) just got a whole lot easier. Given the importance of food in Belgium, it’s no surprise this start-up-for-foodies launched in Brussels first. Think of Bookalokal as the eBay for unique, local dining experiences. The company helps guests (“the bidders”) seeking a local food experience, find hosts (“the sellers”) willing to offer home-cooked meals, food tours or cooking lessons. Currently, the price of a meal is anywhere between €10 – €40 and often includes multiple courses and drinks. Guests range from travellers passing through town to newcomers and expats looking to meet locals over a meal. Hosts range from people who love to cook and enjoy entertaining interesting people, to aspiring chefs wanting to showcase their skills while earning some extra money along the way.
Brussels
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Portuguese experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

The food and company was great! Rui's apartment is also very nice. I would recommend Rui to anyone who wants to try Portuguese food.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Fun and Great food at Bookalokal's Murder Mystery Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This past weekend my husband and I attended the Bookalokal Murder Mystery dinner, hosted by Maxine. Everyone dressed up and got into character, to match the 1970s theme. It was a fun way to meet new people. The food served by Maxine was excellent and included a goat-cheese and beetroot tower, stuffed chicken breasts, a variety of vegetables and an Oreo cookie cheesecake for dessert. This is our second Bookalokal event and we will definitely be attending more in the future.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Delicious, different Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Hi! Bookalokal isn't really a restaurant, it's a network which opens up a world of dinner parties. The food was really interesting, not just standard italian dishes, with the aubergine rolls a particular highlight -- yum yum YUM! Also you get welcomed into people's homes -- which is always super-interesting, especially when it's as gorgeous as our host Hakan's place! All in all a really cool new different way to eat out :D

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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“First Bookalokal experience @Steph's place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

My first Bookalokal experience was at Stephanie´s place, in Saint Gilles. She offered us a cooking lesson and dinner. We learned how to prepare a tiramisú of speculoos and a tartar of avocado and gratefruits. Steph was a very nice host, she took care of all of us. The food was great and the rest of the guests were very nice. This is a great opportunity to learn cooking secrects and at the same time, meeting new people!

I will repeat. :)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Cooking class with Stephanie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stephanie has a fantastic apartment in a great, fun neighborhood. She was really flexible and was willing and able to substitute chicken in her (delicious) carbonnade for one of us who doesn't eat beef. Stephanie did a great job explaining everything, and made it a fun, delicious afternoon for everyone!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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