Brussels is not just the heart of Europe, it is also a place with many hidden culinary surprises. You just need to know what you are looking for.
Japan has a special place in our hearts especially given the fact that my wife and I spent our honeymoon there and long to return back every time we remember that experience. So we are always on the lookout for Japanese places to eat. Sushi has become mainstream in most Western cities though I have only come across proper fare only on a handful of occasions outside of Japan. Two of them have been in Brussels.
You head to Kokuban not to eat sushi. There is no sushi to be found on the menu and this is clearly written on the black wall of the restaurant which seems to indicate that they have been asked many times for sushi.
The decor is bold – walls painted in brown and black. It is difficult to imagine but it does work. The place is buzzing at lunch time and in the evenings. It has an array of appetisers. Main courses include noodles, salads and typical Japanese rice dishes.
It serves authentic Japanese dishes at reasonable prices. Kokuban can be found just off one of the most well known streets on Avenue Louise just opposite the Vleurgat tram stop. If you haven’t tried it yet, head there next time you feel like Japanese fare. Even though there is no sushi, you will not be disappointed.