Le Fruit Defendu is great find not far from the Chatelain area!
This small restaurant only has about a dozen tables, so you will need to book well in advance, especially on weekends. I had to try several times before I finally made it there, but it was well worth it and it has been one of the most interesting recent finds in Brussels.
The ambiance is cozy, candle-lit and warm. The place is very small and tables are quite close to each other, and some people might find it a bit too tight if they want a very intimate dinner.
They have a limited, seasonal menu which the friendly staff will be happy to go over with you (it is only written on a board – often a good sign… definitely the case at this restaurant…). The cuisine might be described as an upscale mix of French countryside food and a homemade meal. Good food at reasonable prices for the quality (around EUR 60-70 for two without drinks).
This restaurant is one of the Restopass selections, so it is eligible for the 30% discount the pass offers.
To book a table at Le Fruit Defendu, call +32 2 347 42 47. The restaurant is in Ixelles, rue de Tenbosch 108.