Flying the flag for quality Japanese cuisine
May 29th, 2017. \\ Dining in Europe.

Japanese cuisine has, in recent years, become rather fashionable and, in Brussels, there’s probably no better exponent of the art than the very pleasant Tenshi.

Located close to the popular Foret Soignes, it is part of a mini “chain” with others situated in Stockel and Brussels’ Docks complex. Each of the three have the same menu and similar stylish/informal décor.

Anyone in search of good quality and freshly-made food from the land of the Rising Sun will not be disappointed.

Like its sister restaurants, the emphasis at the Uccle “branch” is very much on freshness, a vital ingredient in Japanese gastronomy.

Indeed, this – the authenticity and quality of its kitchen – forms the basis of the restaurant’s success since opening in this leafy suburb a couple of years ago.

The menu is, in fact, a nice blend of Asian food generally including, for example, Chinese specialities such as Yu Juan (fish and vegetable rolls) and the Vietnamese Banh Cuon (small crepes).

Thailand is also represented on the nicely-balanced a la card with, for example, Pad Khi Mao Nua (a Thai speciality). There are plenty of sushi offerings, of course, plus other, equally tasty, Japanese dishes such as Makis (rice rolls).

If grilled beef, chicken or salmon is your thing that’s also available and it all goes down well with some great Japanese beer (or something from the excellent wine list).

For lunch, there is a very affordable 2-course menu, a snip at €13. The prices for everything are actually very reasonable indeed and there’s also a takeaway and home delivery service.

This restaurant, elegant yet comfortable at the same time, is ideal for anything from families or maybe a romantic night out. It also makes for a great introduction to Japanese food. There are nowadays lots of such places but, sadly, not all offer the same level authenticity as this one does. If you find yourself anywhere near the other sites then they are equally worth trying as well.

From the open kitchen at the Uccle restaurant, you can watch the chefs skilfully and lovingly prepare the dishes and, of course, the very special techniques that go into the preparation of Japanese cuisine.

One thing is guaranteed: you will certainly not have to break the bank eating here as the prices are incredibly reasonable (certainly compared with most other similar establishments).

A rising number of restaurants (including starred ones) these days are turning to the ingredients used in Japanese cooking, together with some of the techniques that are used in preparing Japanese dishes – for inspiration.

It is not really surprising but, really, you cannot beat the real thing and this is probably as good as it gets.

Born out of a partnership between Ben Zheng, a Chinese chef, and Michel De Bloos, the Tenshi concept could be sub titled as “sushis, noodles and wok” and all three are well represented here. Tenshi means “angel” in Japanese and the food here really is heavenly.

Tenshi

1134 Chaussee de Waterloo, Uccle

02 375 1200

www.tenshisushi.be

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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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