Selecto serves comfort food, though you wouldn’t know it to look at it. It’s a bright, open space with attentive, formal staff. But as Rue de Flandre’s latest homage to slow food and ‘bistronomy’, the restaurant uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to serve up creative, French-inspired food meant to warm the body and soul. Its meats are dressed in rich, creamy sauces, the pork proudly dons its fat and the chef is not shy about using salt or butter. At times it lacks refinement, but then your beef carpaccio and fois gras entrée arrives, or the Montélimar nougat dessert, and you forget your doubts.
Selecto lacks a decent beer list, but makes up for it with its interesting and well-priced wine list which focus on small producers of organic and natural wines. As an aperitif, the prosecco méthode zéro is thoroughly recommended.
The concept is simple: you choose your two- (€32) or three-course (€38) meal from a short menu of entrées, mains and desserts that change regularly. You can enjoy all the best sides of Selecto, including a glass or two of a surprising and delicious house wine, for around €50 per person. But for those on a tighter budget, they offer a daily two-course lunch for €18.00.
95-97 Rue de Flandre, Brussels, tel 02.511.40.95;