Bocata et Caetera

Bocata et Cætera Restaurant (Namur)

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In her pocket bocadillería, Cindy De Nale concocts excellent little Spanish dishes which she stuffs into tasty, floury little buns. Probably the best sammies in Namur, stuffed with calamari in chimichurri sauce, slow-cooked Iberian pork cheek or cheese croquettes (to keep it Belgian). Devour them all while sitting on one of the bar stools inside this corner canteen, with its old stone front and red brick walls. The must? A bocadillo with homemade chorizo mince and potatoes sautéed in the meat’s fat (“a bit like a Belgian mitraillette sandwich”), it’s so popular that it’s called the Comme d’hab, or The Usual. The house also whips up tortillas, croquettes and cured goods (including mojama, dried tuna that simply melts in the mouth), and a few more hearty dishes, such as the fideuà made with a full-bodied gray shrimp broth. Top tip: grab an apéro basket (charcuterie, cheese, pan con tomato…) and head to the top of the Citadel, as the cable car is right nearby. // Heloise Bartsoen

FEELING THIRSTY? Sangria sold by the glass (€7) or by the liter (€26), tinto de verano (€6 a glass), San Miguel beer (€3) and Simone à Soif or Ritchie lemonades (€3-4).
PRICE: Bocadillos €8-10, lunch menu with a side €13, tapas €3.50 to €10, dishes €16-18, apéro kit €25.

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