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Kamo: best Japanese in town (according to Michelin)

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Update: October 2016. Prices have gone up considerably now that Kamo has been in its new and fancier Chaussee de Waterloo location. The lunch special is €22 and other lunch dishes are priced at €25-30 with a more limited selection. tasting menus have also increased in price by €10-15.

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I finally made it to Kamo – and once I tried it, I had to go back…

This is the only Japanese restaurant in Belgium with a Michelin star, but it is very different from all the other Michelin awarded restaurants in Brussels I have tried… so if you are looking for a fancy dining experience, look elsewhere. If you are just looking for good food, definitely put this on your go-to list!

Kamo must have earned its Michelin star solely on the quality of the food. The venue itself is your simple, small and basic Japanese restaurant with the standard sushi bar seating and about a dozen tables. It is small and relatively packed, no fancy decor, and none of the dressed up waitressing staff you would encounter in your average Michelin joint. Which is what I loved about this place: unpretentious, good food, with fast and friendly service… and good food (did I mention that?) Very good food.

Plus, what other Michelin star restaurant could you eat lunch at for EUR 15??

My tips and highlights:

  • Book in advance (Tel: +32 2 648 78 48) This place is always PACKED. It is closed on weekends.
  • The lunch special is just EUR 15, but arrive early or it might be sold out. Other lunch dishes range from EUR 18 to EUR 25.
  • There are two menus for EUR 45 and EUR 60 if you have time for a leisurely meal and want the full Kamo experience (see a full review from another blog here).
  • For me, the cooked dishes are what really make Kamo stand out and what the chef is best at. Everything I have had there was cooked to perfection, even an “unglamorous” dish, such as fried chicken.
  • If you go for lunch, go with an appetite and get a lunch set (which comes with soup and a few other side dishes) plus another dish a la carte… The food is healthy and light, so it goes down easily!
  • Wanna know more? I will let the pictures talk for themselves… (and check out also some great photos here from Brussels Kitchen)
  • Looking for other things Japanese? Take a look at the Top Japanese restaurants post and other posts.

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Delicious cooked sardines


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Sashimi


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Sashimi lunch set


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Side dish: green beans


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Seafood side dish close up


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Side dish: your simple, basic green salad with traditional Japanese mayo dressing


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Sashimi in sesame sauce and broth (two-step meal: eat half with rice, then put the other half in the broth and add rice). Delicious.


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Sushi


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Best fried chicken ever

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4 thoughts on “Kamo: best Japanese in town (according to Michelin)

  1. This looks phenomenal!! So far I thought Izakaya was the best Japanese you could get in Brussels, but I’m very happy to see there’s more! I should absolutely try it as soon as I can find a decent excuse to escape the office for a long lunch in the middle of the week. 🙂

  2. We had dinner there a while ago ( http://simonlitton.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/kamo/ ) but I didn’t know they had such a reasonable lunch offer. may have to go back.

  3. Pingback: Top 5 Japanese Restaurants in Brussels (from Bloggers) | Brussels Food Friends

  4. Pingback: Lunch at Kamo – Brussels’ one-Michelin-star Japanese restaurant  – Baby in Brussels

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