Pois chiche

Pois Chiche Restaurant (Brussels)

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Sustainable and good fast food in the middle of the Sablon neighborhood? Really!? Locavore chef Yezen Malouf and his partner Quinten Decleyn have been running this Levantine spot since 2019 (exposed brick walls, plants galore, waxed concrete), where the floor’s not sticky but there’s a slight smell of fried food lingering in the air. Nonetheless, when your tiny buzzer vibrates, go grab a myriad of veggie-orientated delights given a local twist from the counter: garlicky hummus, juicy stuffed grape leaves, grilled Berloumi (Belgian halloumi) and crispy-fried cauliflower… Not to mention the Belgian-Middle Eastern salads, like the explosively gingery Brussels sprouts mixed with za’atar and orange blossom carrots; without forgetting everyone’s favorite falafel made with Flemish chickpeas (i.e. peas and beans) – golden on the outside, juicy and herbaceous on the inside, stuffed into a flatbread roll with salad and tahini sauce. And stave off hunger pangs with a moist slice of almond and orange blossom cake, chased with some fresh mint tea. // Luce Berdon

FEELING THIRSTY? Yalla Spritz (€8.50), or Tish, the house’s lemony chickpea beer (€5 for 330 ml), Les Chineurs in white, rosé or red from the Vignerons d’Estézargues (€4 a glass, €22.20 a bottle), plus homemade lemonade (€4.80) and fresh mint tea (€4).

PRICE: Flatbread rolls €7.90 to €9.70, appetizers €12.60 to €16.60, mains €16.90 to €17.90, desserts €5.90, brunch €19.90 (Saturday and Sunday).

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