An exciting new twist on an old culinary favourite
May 4th, 2017. \\ Dining in Europe.

Many readers may be familiar with Thai cuisine but some places just do it better than others and Comptoir du Ry definitely falls into the “best of” category.

It’s located in intimate yet modern, stylish surroundings with fine Asian decorations and beautiful black and white pictures adorning the walls.

But, of course, it’s the cuisine that as ever is the main thing and, here, you won’t be disappointed.

The fixed a la carte contains the restaurant’s best sellers, including chicken with cashew nuts, duck and red curry, beef with Thai basilic and shrimp cooked in a stock (slightly spicy).

Another customer favourite is an assortment of four specialities called “Keng Loem”, which is recommended. This also features on the suggestions card that changes monthly.

There are traditional Thai favourites which many readers will be familiar with but also a nice selection of particularly imaginative and creative dishes.

The helpful and hard working young staff will guide you through the menu and, particularly if there’s a few of you, they recommend ordering several different dishes which you can share between the table. This makes for a great way of discovering the great range of Thai food.

The spice levels of all dishes are clearly indicated on the menu, which is a particularly useful guide especially for those unaccustomed to the sometimes spicy Thai food.

Indeed, if you prefer your Thai food extra spicy that’s no problem as the kitchen will gladly oblige. If you happen to be on the area any lunch time look out for the buffet-style “eat-as-much-as-you-like” noodle lunch special (available Monday-Wednesday). The idea is to replicate typical Thai street food and it’s so popular that even Thai people have been known to travel from across Belgium to try it.

The Thursday/Friday lunch option offers a choice of two dishes, one spicy and one less so and there’s also a €28 “Menu Discovery” which is a particularly good way of discovering the best of this restaurant’s cuisine.

There’s a private function room seating up to 85 people and also a popular takeaway service (delivery within a 15km radius). Look out too for the fine choice of wine and Thai beers.

Over the years Thai food, roughly a cross between Indian and Chinese cuisine, has earned a special place in the hearts of Belgians. A key to its success here and elsewhere are the flavoursome sensations it provides – and there is no better example of this than the food served at Comptoir du Ry.

Full credit goes to the Thai-born female head chef who has been creating some lovely food here for the past six years. With the better weather coming soon there is also a nice terrace which always makes for a great way to dine.

After 16 years this lovely Thai eatery has, rightly, become a real mainstay on the local culinary map and, for those living in Brussels, it is well worth the relatively short excursion out of the city for a real eating out treat.

Comptoir du Ry

258 Chaussee de Bruxelles, Wavre

010 84 6060


Martin Banks is a highly experienced accredited journalist with many years experience of working with the EU institutions. He is an occasional contributor to EU today, writing on a wide variety of issues.

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