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Aux Armes de Bruxelles, Brussels

13 Rue des Bouchers
Belgium 1000
Tel: 32 2 511 5550's insider take:

Right in the heart of the city by the Grand'Place, on a street of "authentic" buildings that may look good from the outside, but aren't, this ideal restaurant-brasserie has been going strong since 1921. Notice how many locals eat here? You can tell immediately you're onto a winner, whether you've been seated in the neo-Gothic Rotonde, with its stained-glass crests; the long, thin Bodega; or the Art Nouveau Brasserie. Service is brisk, efficient, and as traditional as the food. Waterzooi (fish or chicken stew), carbonnade (beef stew), moules-frites, anguilles (eels), steak tartare… it's all good.

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