Le Vieux Mila

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Parfait Ebeng is terribly lucky to have rolled all his passions (grilled goat, fresh pilsner, Union Saint-Gilloise football team) into one place! Le Vieux Mila? As in Roger, the iconic Cameroonian footballer, who lends his last name (minus an “l”) to the retro sign of this deliciously crazy restaurant near the Parvis de Saint-Giles (football scarves, cassava-patterned tablecloths, brightly-colored walls, fairy lights all year round). That evening, with Cadiz v. Real Madrid playing in the background: juicy chicken wings that light up our taste buds and crunchy onion petals; emblematic (and generous) ndolé – the leaves of a South-West African plant stewed in a rich peanut sauce along with chunks of chicken (thigh, breast…), plus beautifully caramelized plantains; and comforting fufu (pounded boiled cassava), to mop up the sauce. Watch out for the bowl of hot sauce, inseparable from the Maggi at the table, as it’s capable of setting your evening on fire! // Rosa Poulsard

FEELING THIRSTY? Large bottles of Jupiler with a plastic cap like you don’t see anymore (€4.20 for 750 ml) and an explosive rum and ginger cocktail (€7).
PRICE: Grilled starters €6, main course €10-25, mains €10-19, sides €3.

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