I always knew that Belgium and good food went hand in hand but it wasn’t until my recent trip to Durbuy that I remembered just how well you can eat in Belgium. Durbuy might be the smallest city in the world but it certainly has a lot of good restaurants. If you’re planning a trip to this charming medieval city in Belgium’s Wallonia region then these are the restaurants that you simply can’t miss.
Where to eat in Durbuy
Located in Le Sanglier des Ardennes hotel at the top of town, La Bru’sserie is probably Durbuy’s most high-end restaurant. Fortunately, however, high-end doesn’t mean stuffy and we had an incredible meal here on our first night. The menu features a selection of tapas and sharing plates and you can either choose ad hoc or go for one of the four- or six-plate tasting menu. We decided to let the experts pick our four dishes for the tasting menu and we chose a handful of plates for the kids.
We started with an amazing Hamachi ceviche made with Japanese tuna, which was absolutely delicious. Then followed a dish with spinach, shrimp and smoked eels and later a poached egg on truffle and Iberico ham. Our final course was perfectly cooked strips of beef served with chimichurri. All of it was fantastic. The kids devoured a white sausage burger, basil ravioli, oxtail stew and a tomato tart.
Set along the banks of a river with pastoral views and a great playground (seriously, Durbuy excels at playgrounds!) is La Passerelle, a hotel and restaurant. We had a really enjoyable meal here sitting outside sampling one of the local beers, Chouffe, while the kids bounced on the trampoline. My sister and I had excellent scampi and chips and for desert we all went local with the kids ordering Belgian waffles (with cream and ice cream, of course) and Sophie and I choosing to share a Dame Blanche. Having grown up for a period of time in Belgium, Dame Blanches were a thing of our childhood! Served in a tall ice cream glass, it consists of several scoops of vanillas ice cream, whipped cream and then hot chocolate sauce poured over it. It’s honestly one of the best deserts ever!
7 by Juliette
Easily the kids’ favourite restaurant was 7 by Juliette located in Durbuy itself. This laid-back restaurant has a characterful outdoor seating area with wooden tables and benches, metal mariachi statues and lots of greenery. It’s full of character and the menu is a lot of fun, too. The restaurant specialises in tapas but not the traditional Spanish kind, rather the sharing plates here are based on local and seasonal produce. You’ll also find crowd-pleasers like mini hamburgers on the menu. Our first course included various hams, including one smoked in chocolate, and a handful of different bruschetta. Round two brought mini hamburgers, perfectly-cooked tuna slices and lamb kebabs. The finale, and really the highlight, was the desert tapas, which included strawberries and dipping chocolate, brownies, Haribo sweets and more. It’s a great place to eat with kids and mine are already asking when we can go back.
Les Lanternes is a really lovely family-run restaurant located in the neighbouring village of Wéris. You can easily spend a day exploring Wéris, starting at the small but informative museum (the town is famous for being one of the biggest megalithic sites in the country) and then choosing one of the designated walks to explore the mysterious ancient stones. Once you’ve finished, take a seat at Les Lanternes, for a relaxing lunch. The Brasserie menu is not complicated featuring instead home cooked favourites such as jambon frites (ham and chips), lasagne and trout. My sister and I both had an omelette and the kids enjoyed a very generous kids’ serving of spaghetti Bolognese. Their restaurant menu is a little more high end and you can choose a la carte or a choice of a three- or four- course set menu. All produce is locally sourced, there’s a kids’ menu and the owner is lovely.
La Vieille Demeure
We didn’t at at La Vielle Demeure but we did stop here for a drink on their outdoor terrace. If you do stop by, definitely try and sit outside, which is far more charming than indoors. I am not a big beer drinker but on a sunny day it’s a great drink and so I tried the local La Chouffe beer, which is really very good!
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Disclosure: I was a guest of Tourism Wallonia during my visit to Durbuy. All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.