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Sushi, one of the most popular Japanese food

Introduction

Brussels is a very cosmopolitan city, and has one of the largest Japanese community in Europe (after London, Düsseldorf and Paris), thanks mostly to the presence of Toyota's European headquarters in Zaventem. The number of Japanese restaurants in Brussels has boomed over the last ten years. However, about half of them do not have Japanese chefs (but Chinese ones usually). This is generally not a good sign, quality-wise. Even Japanese-managed restaurants tend to be of lower than the average standard compared to Japan (in every respect : food, decoration and service). Good sushi and sashimi in particular tend to be difficult to find.

Contrarily to Japan, Japanese restaurants in Belgium are not specialised in one kind of food (e.g. tempura), which means that the chef may be good at making some dishes, but not so good for others. This also means that service is much slower than in Japan, as the chef only starts cooking after taking the orders. For all these reasons, you should be careful when selecting a place to eat. We have tried to evaluate the most well-known restaurants for you, with a combined European and Japanese team.

This page was written in association with Wa-pedia (Japan Travel & Living Guide).

Where to eat good sushi in Brussels ?

Our recommendations (by alphabetical order) :

Miyuki, Senraku, Shilla, Yama Sushi, Yamayu Santatsu.

Where to eat good rāmen in Brussels ?

Our recommendations (by alphabetical order) :

Kokuban, Menma, Umamidō, Yamato.

Where to eat other food than sushi or ramen ?

Our recommendations (by alphabetical order) :

Ajiyoshi, Izakaya, Kamo, Kichiya, Miyuki, Nonbei Daigaku, Samourai, Senraku, Yagura.

Areas
  • 1. Brussels City(14 restaurants)
  • 2. Auderghem (2 restaurants)
  • 3. Etterbeek (5 restaurants)
  • 4. Ixelles & Louise (27 restaurants)
  • 5. Jette (1 restaurant)
  • 6. Schaerbeek (2 restaurants)
  • 7. Uccle (3 restaurants)
  • 8. Watermael-Boitsfort (2 restaurants)
  • 9. Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (5 restaurants)
  • 10. Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (2 restaurants)

  • Tip

    If you are not fully acquainted with the Japanese cuisine (which is far more varied than just sushi), we recommend that you have a look at this very visual Glossary of Japanese food.


    Brussels City (1000)


    Anata (あなた)

    • Address : boulvard Anspach, 74
    • Telephone : 02/502.85.87
    • Closing day : none

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Ajiyoshi (味美)

    • Address : Quai aux Briques, 32
    • Telephone : 02/502.02.98
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Monday

    Food : => the usual tempura, udon/soba, grilled fish and sushi, but also the chef's specialities.
    Atmosphere : => Small, familial restaurant with very typical Japanese atmosphere.
    Service : => friendly and efficient
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Elle Sushi

    • Address : rue Neuve, 123 (inside City2 Shopping Center) // rue de la Montagne, 16
    • Telephone : 02/219.39.60 // 02/511.17.50
    • Closing day : Sunday // none

    Food : => very basic sushi
    Atmosphere : => just a few tables outside the take-away area
    Service : => take-away service

    Japanese management : no

    L'Herbe Rouge

    • Address : rue des Minimes, 34
    • Telephone : 02/512.48.34
    • Closing day : Monday

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Jiyuna

    • Address : rue de la Presse 27-29
    • Telephone : ?
    • Closing day : Saturday noon and Sunday noon

    Food : suprisingly authentic food despite the non-Japanese management. Mostly teriyaki, yakitori and teppanyaki dishes, but the sushi are also good.
    Atmosphere : a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, mostly for take-away.
    Service : friendly staff
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Kabuki (歌舞伎)

    • Address : rue du Marché aux Poulets, 32
    • Telephone : 02/218.86.96
    • Closing day : none

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Mangetsu (満月)

    • Address : rue de la Fourche, 13
    • Telephone : 02/511.83.67
    • Closing day : Sunday, Monday noon

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Moshi Moshi (もしもし)

    • Address : rue de l'Enseignement, 92
    • Telephone : 02/612.79.19
    • Closing day : Saturday lunch and Sunday lunch

    Food : => not really bad, but certainly not authentic; in fact it conjures up memories of Thailand rather than Japan. Otherwise the rice was overcooked and the food too sweet.
    Atmosphere : => hole-in-the-wall, but reasonably nice and modern for a "Japanese" restaurant in Brussels.
    Service : => friendly, attentive and quick service
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Ninja House

    • Address : Rue de la vierge noire, 16/24
    • Telephone : 02/514.98.68
    • Closing day : none
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Sakura (桜)

    • Address : rue du Pont de la Carpe, 1
    • Telephone : 02/502.43.65
    • Closing day : none

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Samourai (侍)

    • Address : rue du Fossé aux Loups, 28
    • Telephone : 02/217.56.39
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Tuesday
    • Website

    Food : reputedly the best Japanese restaurant in Brussels, although expensive
    Atmosphere : one of the few actually pleasant Japanese restaurant in Brussels
    Service : excellent service, fast, friendly and multilingual
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Senraku (千楽)

    • Address : rue du Nord 9-11
    • Telephone : 02/511.49.91
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday & holidays

    Food : a good place to eat a bento, a donburi, tempura or sushi.
    Atmosphere : not too fancy on the decoration ; a bit noisy as all the tables are next to each others.
    Service : attentive, efficient and polite
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Sushi World

    • Address : rue des Cultes, 5
    • Telephone : 02/223.23.22
    • Closing day : Sunday

    Food : => disappointing taste; the rice of the sushi isn't appropriate, they served a bowl of rice with sushi menus (!), there is no miso soup nor green tea.
    Atmosphere : => very modern, pink-and-white decoration; good ambiance music (although not Japanese)
    Service : => friendly, fast and efficient
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Takezushi (竹寿司)

    • Address : boulevard Charlemagne, 21
    • Telephone : 02/230.56.27
    • Closing day : Saturday, Sunday noon

    Food : => good sushi, but avoid the rest of the menu
    Atmosphere : => apart from the nice townhouse, the management couldn't have done less to accomodate their guests
    Service : => Not very friendly nor attentive, even for Japanese speakers.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes


    Auderghem (1160)


    Dozo Sintori

    • Address : Chaussée de Charleroi, 29
    • Telephone : 02/538.71.88
    • Closing day : ?

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Keyaki Traiteur (けやき) (closed !)<

    • Address : place Pinoy, 17
    • Telephone : 02/675.60.83
    • Closing day : Sundays, Mondays and holidays (other days, open only at lunchtime. from 11am to 3pm)

    Food : => excellent bento, sushi and other Japanese specialities
    Atmosphere => take-away only
    Service => aimed at the Japanese community (menu in Japanese only)

    Japanese management : -


    Etterbeek (1040)


    Espace Sushi

    • Address : chaussée de Wavre, 325
    • Telephone : 02/644.25.62
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday, Monday evening, holidays

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Miyako

    • Address : avenue d'Auderghem, 106
    • Telephone : 02/734.06.64
    • Closing day : Saturday noon and Sunday noon

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Momotaro (桃太郎)

    • Address : avenue d'Auderghem, 106
    • Telephone : 02/734.06.64
    • Closing day : Sunday

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Sushi

    • Address : avenue des Celtes, 30
    • Telephone : 02/734.39.45
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday

    Food : => tasty and good value, but lacks variety, and not very Japanese in the presentation. Their green tea is in fact "houji-cha".
    Atmosphere : => set in an old cafe; not bad but nothing to fuss about.
    Service : => kind and polite, but a bit slow.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Sushi Factory (Schuman)

    • Address : boulevard Charlemagne, 44
    • Telephone : 02/230.74.32
    • Closing day : -
    • Website

    Food : atrocious food. Stodgy and tasteless rice. Bad quality fish. Artificial wasabi that is so mild you can't feel it. Kara-age that look and taste like chicken nuggets from McDonald's. And so on.
    Atmosphere : -
    Service :

    Japanese management : no


    Ixelles & Louise area (1050)


    Belle de Jour

    • Address : Rue du Trône, 83
    • Telephone : 02/503.12.09
    • Closing day : ?

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Chez Oki (Franco-Japanese Fusion)

    • Address : rue Lesbroussart, 62
    • Telephone : 02/644.45.76
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday, Monday noon

    Food : => from foie gras sushi to gyukatsu, everything is sublime. Try the 30 € course.
    Atmosphere : => modern and pleasant setting with a zen garden within the restaurant.
    Service : => fast and attentive service; bilingual French-Japanese.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Eat Sushi

    • Address : Place de champ de Mars, 5
    • Telephone : 02/207.15.70
    • Closing day : ?

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Ebisu (恵比寿)

    • Address : Rue de Vergnies 37
    • Telephone : 0489/33.03.94
    • Closing day : Sunday, Monday

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management :

    Hamashin (濱新) (closed !)

    • Address : chaussée d'Ixelles, 272
    • Telephone : 02/640.56.82
    • Closing day : Sunday, Wednesday noon

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Hana / Hau Kang (花) (Korean-Japanese)

    • Address : rue Saint Boniface, 21
    • Telephone : 02/502.52.41
    • Closing day : Sunday

    Food : all the Korean classics (bibimbab, bulgogi...), but also sushi and ramen.
    Atmosphere : typical Korean decoration ; more effort has been made than in most of Brussels' Japanese restaurants
    Service : nothing to complain about
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no (Korean)

    Hinodeya (ひのでや)

    • Address : rue Caroly, 37
    • Telephone : 02/502.52.05
    • Closing day : Saturday, Sunday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : yes

    Izakaya (居酒屋)

    • Address : chaussée de Vleurgat, 123
    • Telephone : 02/648.38.05
    • Closing day : Sunday, holidays
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Kamo (鴨)

    • Address : Chaussée de Waterloo, 550a
    • Telephone : 02/648.78.48
    • Closing day : Sunday

    Food : => good overall, but too small portions (you may need to order 2 dishes in order to be full) ; limited choice in the menu ; the sushi leave a bit to be desired.
    Atmosphere : => sober and modern ; nicer than the average Japanese restaurant in Brussels, but the tables are small, there is not much space between tables, and the place is usually packed.
    Service : => nothing about which to complain, but nothing to deserve 5 stars.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Kokuban (黒板) (Ramen/Soba/Udon/Zukedon)

    • Address : Rue Vilain XIIII, 53-55
    • Telephone : 02/611.06.22
    • Closing day : Sunday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
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    Japanese management : yes

    Kushi-tei of Kyoto

    • Address : rue Lesbroussart ,118
    • Telephone : 02/646.48.15
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management :

    Kyoto Sushi Bar

    • Address : rue Defacqz, 7
    • Telephone : 02/223.19.99
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Monday

    Food :
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    Japanese management :

    Makisu

    • Address : rue du Bailly, 5
    • Telephone : 02/640.45.50
    • Closing day : Sunday and public holidays
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Menma

    • Address : Avenue des Saisons, 123
    • Telephone : 02/648.73.70
    • Closing day : Sunday and Monday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : yes

    Mitsui Teppanyaki (三井鉄板焼き)

    • Address : rue de Prévot, 86
    • Telephone : 02/534.09.53
    • Closing day : none
    • Website

    Food : varied menu, with some dishes harder to find elsewhere (e.g. katsudon) ; maybe the best non Japanese-owned Japanese restaurant in Brussels
    Atmosphere : spacious, with a few big teppanyaki tables in addition to the regular tables ; terrace on sunny days
    Service : nothing to complain about
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Miyuki (みゆき)

    • Address : boulevard Général Jacques, 68
    • Telephone : 02/646.79.53
    • Closing day : Sunday, Monday noon

    Food : => huge menu covering all the common Japanese cuisine ; excellent deluxe sushi menu
    Atmosphere : => in a Brussels townhouse with garden, but could be better.
    Service : => not very attentive, quite slow, but friendly and bilingual French-Japanese.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Nonbei Daigaku (のんべえ大学)

    • Address : avenue Adolphe Buyl, 31
    • Telephone : 02/649.2149
    • Closing day : Sunday, Monday, and holidays

    Food : => good assortment of everyday Japanese dishes, but the sushi aren't the best in town.
    Atmosphere : => pleasant and quiet atmosphere in an early-20th century townhouse. Don't miss the Japanese-style "gadget toilet" with heated seat and electric bidet !
    Service : => not really attentive staff - you must shout to get their attention.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Oomi (大海) (closed !)

    • Address : chaussée de Vleurgat, 81
    • Telephone : 02/644.33.79
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Wednesday

    Food : => vast menu, good for sushi and fried dishes (tempura, kaki-furai...), but less good for donburi.
    Atmosphere : => no-frill pine wood decoration
    Service : => attentive, bilingual French-Japanese
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Râle - Bol

    • Address : rue du Page, 6
    • Telephone : 02/640.06.93
    • Closing day : Monday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Shogun (将軍)

    • Address : rue capitaine Crespel, 10
    • Telephone : 02/512.83.19
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday
    • Website

    Food : not really authentic, but reasonable
    Atmosphere : spacious restaurant with a more Japanese atmosphere than many others in Brussels, though nothing to fuss about
    Service : attentive and friendly
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Sushi Factory (Louise)

    • Address : avenue Louise, 216
    • Telephone : 02/646.20.20
    • Closing day : -
    • Website

    Food : atrocious food. Stodgy and tasteless rice. Bad quality fish. Artificial wasabi that is so mild you can't feel it. Kara-age that look and taste like chicken nuggets from McDonald's. And so on.
    Atmosphere : -
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Tagawa (田川) (closed !)

    • Address : avenue Louise, 279
    • Telephone : 02/640.50.95
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Umamido (うま味堂) (Ramen)

    • Address : Chaussée de Vleurgat, 1
    • Telephone : 02/640.40.57
    • Closing day : none
    • Website

    Food : Very decent rāmen with all the usual side dishes (gyōza, edamame, tōfu, kimchi). Six varieties of rāmen: shio, shōyu, misō, kara misō, tonkotsu and even vegetarian (almost unheard of in Japan).
    Atmosphere : Hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant. Very basic, with somewhat flimsy chairs. Could do better.
    Service : Sufficiently fast and attentive.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management :

    Yakitori (Vietnamese-Japanese)

    • Address : chaussée de Boondael, 353
    • Telephone : 02/640.86.59
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Yamato (やまと) (Ramen)

    • Address : rue Francart, 11
    • Telephone : 02/502.28.93
    • Closing day : Sunday, Monday

    Food : the oldest true ramen-ya in town ; tasty even by exigent Japanese standards
    Atmosphere : typical Japanese-style noodle bar, but long queues of people waiting behind eating customers
    Service : as expected for this kind of place
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Yamayu Santatsu (山優三辰)

    • Address : chaussée d'Ixelles, 141
    • Telephone : 02/513.53.12
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Monday

    Food : good quality sashimi, although the octopus I had wan't so good.
    Atmosphere : => typical Japanese "shitamachi" atmosphere, with sushi bar ; unfortunately overcrowded and noisy at lunchtime.
    Service : => bad-tempered and unfriendly waitress, although service is fast, even expeditious.
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Yoko

    • Address : rue du Mail, 1
    • Telephone : 02/539.29.21
    • Closing day : ?

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management :


    Jette (1090)


    Ninja

    • Address : Rue Henri Werrie 61
    • Telephone : 02/427.41.58
    • Closing day : none
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no


    Schaerbeek (1030)


    Atelier du Sushi

    • Address : Rue Joseph Coosemans, 42
    • Telephone : 02/736.21.61
    • Closing day : Monday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service : t
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Sushiline

    • Address : Chaussée de Louvain, 470
    • Telephone : 02/736.26.66
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Saturday noon

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no


    Uccle (1180)


    Côté Sushi

    • Address : Avenue Albert, 291
    • Telephone : 02/340.32.40
    • Closing day : Saturday evening, Sunday noon
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Shilla Sushi

    • Address : chaussée de Waterloo 1021E
    • Telephone : 02/374.04.88
    • Closing day : Wednesday
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no (Korean)

    Yagura (やぐら)

    • Address : chaussée de Waterloo, 814
    • Telephone : 02/375.01.16
    • Closing day : Sunday noon, Monday

    Food : => one of the most authentic places in Brussels, frequented by a lot of Japanese expats. Wide menu and good selection of sushi.
    Atmosphere : => Well decorated and quiet compared to the average of Japanese restaurants in Brussels.
    Service : => Nothing to complain about
    OVERALL RATING : => Definitely in the top 5 of Japanese restaurants in Belgium.

    Japanese management : yes


    Watermael-Boitsfort (1170)


    Nihon Shoku (日本食)

    • Address : rue Théophile Vander Elst, 3
    • Telephone : 02/675.24.44
    • Closing day : Sunday, Monday noon, and holidays

    Food : => good selection of donburi dishes as well as the usual favourites (sushi, tempura).
    Atmosphere : => hole-in-the-wall kind of place with just a handful of small tables. Nothing fancy.
    Service : => mixed Japanese and non-Japanese staff. Usually fast and efficient.
    OVERALL RATING : => a nice little eatery to sample Japanese food around Auderghem and Watermael-Boitsfort

    Japanese management : yes

    Z-Jin Saka Ba (Korean-Japanese)

    • Address : Rue Theophile Vander Elst, 3
    • Telephone : 02/608.37.19
    • Closing day : ?
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no (Korean)


    Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (1200)


    Côté Sushi

    • Address : Avenue George Henri 361/363
    • Telephone : 02/340.32.40
    • Closing day : Saturday evening, Sunday noon
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Kichiya

    • Address : rue Théodore de Cuyper, 136
    • Telephone : 02/772.09.02
    • Closing day : Saturday noon, Sunday
    • Website

    Food : => very authentic food ; the drawbacks are that the menu is a bit limited and prices are on the expensive side
    Atmosphere : => very small restaurant with just a few tables, but it doesn't feel cramped.
    Service : => good bilingual French-Japanese service, who take take to explain and recommend dishes
    OVERALL RATING : => One of the best choices in East Brussels, despite being somewhat overpriced.

    Japanese management : yes

    Mori Sushi

    • Address : rue Voot, 12
    • Telephone : 02/762.98.88
    • Closing day : none

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

    Oh!Bento

    • Address : avenue Georges Henry, 390
    • Telephone : 02/739.16.23
    • Closing day : Sunday
    • Website

    Food : => mostly lunch boxes ; not exactly like in Japan, but good and very reasonably priced
    Atmosphere : => mostly a take-away place with a few tables and chairs
    Service : => very friendly and helpful
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no

    Yama Sushi (山寿司)

    • Address : Avenue Georges Henri, 223
    • Telephone : 02/772.20.98
    • Closing day : Monday
    • Website

    Food : A good place to eat or order sushi and maki. They also have a few bento.
    Atmosphere : touristy decoration, but nice enough. Possibility to sit Japanese style on the floor at a low table.
    Service : friendly, reasonably fast and efficient
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : no


    Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (1150)


    Momokuri (桃栗)

    • Address : rue au Bois, 226
    • Telephone : 02/763.00.06
    • Closing day : open only from Monday to Thursday at lunch (usually sold out before noon)
    • Website

    Food : place specialising in bento (lunch boxes)
    Atmosphere : only take-away
    Service : friendly, but the staff speaks mostly Japanese
    OVERALL RATING :

    Japanese management : yes

    Sushi's Stockel

    • Address : rue de l'Eglise, 88
    • Telephone : 02/771.69.81
    • Closing day : ?
    • Website

    Food :
    Atmosphere :
    Service :

    Japanese management : no

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