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PRICE RANGE
$13 - $39
CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Fusion
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1.2 miles from Horta Museum (Musee Horta)

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If you like eating Japanese, you shouldn’t miss this modest venue. The very experienced chef has mastered the subtlety and nuances that are typical of ...
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Reviewed April 25, 2023 via mobile

Good japanese sushi. However, I thought thatthe set menu could be better. Quite an expensive place for so many vegetarian servings in a set menu.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

I suppose I am super picky after 7 years in Japan. And I will say this is probably the best you are going to get in Brussels. Nevertheless, was a bit disappointed after all the hype and having to reserve a table 3 weeks in...advance. We got the omakase (chef’s choice) menu - 4 or 5 dishes for 69 euro. Sashimi was fresh but cut in huge chunks. Grilled fish was very good as was the chawanmushi (egg custard). The tempura was very disappointing. Tiny piece of pumpkin and mushroom and then…chicken tenders. Chicken tempura?! Not Japanese at all. Then sushi as the final dish which was weird. Again - not Japanese. And the fish was almost exactly the same as the sashimi. And both sashimi and sushi were rather pedestrian - salmon, toro, hamachi, taco, ika. I know this is what most people like but an omakase should be a bit more original. The meal also did not include dessert- we had to pay extra. And also did not include Japanese tea. Really? At 69pp no tea? Not sure I would come back. Service was fine.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Pretty authentic Japanese with better sushi and sashimi than you can typically find in Brussels. The interior is quite basic and the service improves dramatically if you are or speak Japanese (I qualified for neither but was lucky to have 2 Japanese colleagues in our...party. The bowl of rice topped with sashimi and sea urchin (shirashi sushi “special”) is a good choice. Prices are high compared to the cheap sushi places around town.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed May 5, 2019

Went for lunch over the weekend for my son"s birthday. The place is small (like most of the japanese venues) and authentic. We sat the the counter so we could observe the master at work. We ordered different platters of sushi and sashimi. All nicely...presented and excellent taste. It s not cheap and the portions are not large but definitely quality stuff.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

We order delivery from Nonbe Daigaku on a regular basis and absolutely love it. We always get the tuna and salmon rolls and are consistently happy with the quality of the fish (and I’m picky!). Some other sushi places are great one order, but so...so the next; here, however, it is always good. We’ve never dined in the restaurant, so I can’t speak to the service or decor, but when getting sushi, the quality of fish is most important anyway—and here it is excellent.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

I would actually rate it 3,5 if that score were possible. Not because of the food, but on account of the very clumsy service. Apart from being slow, one of the main courses arrived before the starter. When asked for an explanation, we were told...the started took a long time to prepare. What was alleged to take a long time was a ...semi-cooked/soft egg! The starter was pretty expensive and quite bland (soft egg and a few vegetables) , whilst sashimis were excellent. Prawn and vegetable tempura were nice, and the fried chicken tasty but not superlative. We didn’ t drink any, but there was a choice of different sakes. This small restaurant receives great reviews which, given the price (very easily 50 euros pp) and the amateurish service (waiter did not know the dishes and did not recognize them, did not know what teas were served..) I feel are not quite deserved.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

By far the best in its class. The food is divine , extra fresh . Truly authentic . Very efficient service . Ok not cheap but the ingredient are expensive .

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

We tried almost everything they had. The service was good and the quality of food as well. But the whole experience was a very poor one. They have confused the minimalistic Japanese design with an attitude "I don't care at all how the place looks"....When you pay 200Euros for two people, you want to have a great overall experience. They can't justify the price they ask for...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Meal was very good, the space is small, but still ok, we came here on Saturday evening and although it was full it didn't feel too crowded. We got a table on the sushi bar and the old chefs prepare the food in front of...us, which is good. Price is on the higher side, but for me it is worth it as I don;t do sashimi and sushi from the cheap restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

The food is excellent and the chef a pleasure to watch, so a counter seating is a good idea. Service is good but somewhat cold.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

This is the place if you'd like to eat the good quality of sushi in Brussels. Sushi special has a wonderful combination of nigiri and maki. There are plenty of choices of side dishes, which are also tasty. Indeed, it's a bit costly restaurant but...the quality is guaranteed.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

Amazing sushis! We often go there and are always amazed by how fresh and good the fish is. I would recommend the fat tuna. Other dishes like tempura are also delicious.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

I had dinner in this restaurant with some colleagues just a few days after returning from Japan. This place served quite reasonable japanese food in general, although sashimi was a little disappointing (not fresh enough, it seemed). Service was a little slow, but actually matching...our pace, as conversation was more important than dinner itself. One thing that annoyed me was the number of flies, even stopping on our food!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

I go often for lunch, it's certainly one of the best Japanese restaurants in Brussels. It is more expensive then other Japanese restaurants but the quality of the food is worth what you pay.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

I haven't been to Japan but here I felt as far as the sun rises. Warmly greeted by the friendly and mannered hostesses we got to seat at the counter in front of the sushi master for our delight. This small restaurant serves great sushi,...sashimi, tempuras and a big bunch of delicious specialties that would make you like to try them all. We took tried a nice selection of them, with some weed salads and rolls. Everything amazingly fresh and tasty. I highly suggest to try the day recommendations. Drink sake and shochu . Sesame ice cream formidable. need to go back. I truly loved! the bill was on the expensive side but who care's if you feel like heaven.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
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