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“great tastes in a bowl”
Review of SAN Bruxelles

SAN Bruxelles
Ranked #70 of 4,048 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $55
Description: bistrot by chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre You eat in a bowl with a spoon the best of the international cooking
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Description: bistrot by chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre You eat in a bowl with a spoon the best of the international cooking
Reviewed August 9, 2017

This original concept was an instant hit. And with reason. Its located next to a lovely market place called Zavel and it offers original dishes. Light food, asian style, but high level, very original, cooking. They serve a 3 course menu at noon for little money, and a 5 course menu for dinner.

Thank Karel V
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

We went to San on a Saturday evening. There are around 10 tables for 2-4 persons and this makes it a cosy place.
The atmosphere is relax and the waiters aren't pishy at all.
From the first dish till the 5th it was a wonderfull experience. Very nice taste combinations and notheavy on the stumach at all.
We will absolutelynreturn.

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Thank Jordaanwy
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

We had one of the more creative meals we have eaten at SAN Bruxelles. The flavors were marvelous combinations from start to finish. It was very difficult to choose a favorite among them. The menu is creative and the chef delivers. Perhaps the most interesting dish on the menu was vegetarian and with several fermented vegetables. Every dish was well balanced and with its own fusion of flavors.
I was impressed from the start. Not being a fan of mackerel, there was a sampler served in which the mackerel played a key role. I loved the dish, which took the edge off the mackerel and created a dish that fit so well together. At the same time, the mackerel kept its consistency. We finished with a marvelous strawberry dessert and gave kudos to the chef on leaving
Everything is served in bowls and eaten with a spoon in attractive surroundings. What a fun adventure!

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Thank waterandmore
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Reviewed May 12, 2017

Restaurant San is based on a novel concept. You have one and the same spoon during the meal an you can order several bowls including beautiful, really handmade food that can perhaps be labelled as Asian fusion food. We ordered a menu with six bowls that started from simple but tasty starters and moved via fish, mussels and vegetables to meat and delicious delicious dessert. All meals are done under you eyes. 55 euros, pretty expensive, but worth of trying.

Thank Anssi P
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

SAN is the Brussels franchise of Korean-born chef Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, whose flagship restaurant L'Air du Temps has been awarded two Michelin stars for its inventive use of Asian flavours and techniques in combination with classical cooking. SAN has found a spot in the Rue the Flandre in the popular Sainte-Catherine area of Brussels. In recent years, the Rue de Flandre has become a veritable centre for hip and trendy restaurants with sushi joints, fine dining restaurants, cocktail bars and old-fashioned cafés rubbing shoulders. SAN therefore perfectly fits in. The concept is simple: all the food is served in bowls and the only cutlery you receive is a spoon which you are supposed to keep throughout the meal.
Upon entering, you shuffle past the narrow counter which seats about five and go up the winding stairs to the first floor. This is decorated in a playful and colourful style with the names of various cities painted on the walls. This refers to the menu where every dish is named after a city. The furniture consists of vintage tables and chairs, totally in keeping with the style of the neighbourhood (there's an Oxfam shop up the road, I wonder if that's where they got their furniture from?).
We came in the evening and ordered the five-course dinner. This changes monthly and is the only option available. The first course, Osaka, consisted of raw prawns with nori seaweed and sesame oil. Super fresh, of course, but I missed a touch of acidity. Also, I know that in Japan they serve raw seafood at room temperature but I'm still getting used to the idea. Second course: Mâlines. Barely blanched white asparagus with burrata and purée of confit lemon. Lovely combination of flavours and textures. Third course: Liernu. Sang-Hoon's signature dish of seasonal vegetables served with a herb oil and fermented cream (Liernu is also the home of L'Air du Temps). Gorgeous! The chef's roots on a plate. Fourth course: Mauléon. Slow-cooked milk-fed lamb with wild garlic. The lamb was cooked two ways. The fillet was soft and juicy and full of flavour. But then, hidden under a heap of leaves, we found cubes of meltingly tender, caramelised lamb. So good. The spoonful of caviar was a step too far for me, however, it didn't add much flavour although it introduced a pleasant change of texture. Fifth course: dessert. This to me was the real highlight of the meal, but then I have a real sweet tooth. Entitled Bruxelles, our bowl contained two squares of crispy waffle, a quenelle of gueuze sorbet and, underneath it all, perfectly smooth beer caramel. It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the best desserts I have eaten in recent years: the refreshing and light acidity of the sorbet contrasted beautifully with the caramel, which was never cloying. The flavours of gueuze and beer came through subtly but not too strong. Best of all was the waffle: crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. I could happily have eaten two or three, even four more, portions of this dessert. SAN offers great value for money at 55 euros for 5 high-quality courses.

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Thank Veerle d
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