Oh the summer of 2013, I will always look back at you fondly! As a young adult, like most others I fascinated about travel to Europe. Back packing, fast trains, walking through cobbled streets, farmers markets et all. I still remember the time we set our wedding date for December, a part of me was a little sad that I wouldn’t be honeymooning somewhere in Europe. So I was beyond thrilled when M planned for us to spend MY birthday in June travelling across France, Brussels and Amsterdam – ( bonus point).We planned this trip for a good 4 months (more posts will follow) – a lot of research went into our 2 weeks right from train routes, sightseeing, hotels etc. So while M ensured we travelled wise, I went about doing what I do best – going through numerous online articles, blog etc to sample the best food these places had to offer. And what I found, was anything short of legendary!
The very first day as we set out walking through the streets, soaking up Brussels. And that’s when we arrived at Noordzee, Mer Du Nord, a market style little pop up resto-bar in the perfectly crowded corner of the street. Right at the onset, I knew this restaurant was going to be everything I read about – the fresh daily menu scribbled on the board, clinking of wine glasses, servers shouting orders and tall tables without chairs! This place was oozing character and both M and I couldn’t wait to dive in. So we placed our orders, paid for glasses of wine and rolled up our sleeves.
Then we were served these Tomato based Scampi ( shrimp) – juicy and succulent with a dash of parsley and peppers. Nice, but somehow didn’t float my boat. It takes a mean shrimp to impress me!
What came next was a show stopper! We had never even heard of Razor clams before this, so were quite unsure of what to expect. But this was simply divine – they taste like a chewier, saltier and meatier version of the regular smaller clams. Their juices on the plate were mopped up with little crostinis and we ordered a repeat!
The Shrimp Croquettes were unlike any other I had eaten before – they were creamy, cheesy, with tiny tidbits of shrimp. The crust was sublime – not too bready. It was the perfect end to this meal – light, airy and melt-in-the-mouth fresh!
The fresh seafood, sunny summer afternoon & wine was such a fabulous experience – both of us wanted to go back! And we did, but unfortunately they were opening late the day we were leaving so we couldnt get a chance. That we went back to repeat a restaurant on a 4day trip of Brussels, is a testament to the fabulousness of the fare on offer!
Address: Noordzee – Mer du Nord, 45 Rue Sainte Catherine, Brussels