Upholding fine traditions of tasty Thai cuisine
July 24th, 2017. \\ Dining in Europe.

It is usually a sign of a good restaurant when it has to turn people away because it’s simply too busy.

The popularity and reputation of Thai Café, a “chain” of Asian restaurants, has now spread to Waterloo where its latest “branch” is regularly busy to bursting.

Of course, Asian cuisine is now very well known to Belgians but Michel De Bloos, the businessman who originally launched Thai Café some years ago, wanted to try something new and different.

The concept is relatively simple: replicating the best of Thai cuisine, including the “street food” for which it is famous, in a relaxed and informal setting.

It’s an objective many others have tried (and failed) but,here, it has proved a resounding success.

There are, in fact, now no less than five Thai Cafes, the first to open being at Ma Campagne in Ixelles, followed by Fort Jaco (Uccle), Woluwe St Pierre-Stockel, Waterloo and, most recently, at the Docks complex in Brussels.

Each offers a choice between eating in or takeaway/home delivery service (in the case of Waterloo within a 10km radius and a minimum spend of €30).

They combine the “fast food” aspect of Thai street food with all the benefits of seated dining, including a cosy ambiance with orchids and pink napkins to remind you that this is a Thai restaurant. The menu is quite extensive with a fantastic choice of dishes, including traditional Thai street food and three different types of noodles.

There is also the famous red, yellow, green or brown Thai curry (spicy or mild depending on your taste and preference) with chicken, beef, pork or fish.

Many satisfied customers will testify that the thing that distinguishes its curry from that found at many other similar eating establishments in Brussels/Belgium is that it is far less greasy here.

The food can be served grilled or fried and also worth mentioning are the spare ribs and duck – a nice and tasty combo – and the “famous” perfumed rice.

Considering the quality, the pricing structure at Thai Café is quite reasonable, with mains starting at just €14 which is particularly good compared with some of the competition. The lunch option is also worth highlighting: a couple of courses for just €14 – a real snip!

The first Thai Café started about 15 years ago and the business (Waterloo was launched 18 months ago0 has grown steadily over the years. The Thai Café success story continues with possible plans for a sixth “branch” in the coming months.

One thing to mention is that you should definitely book if you want to dine here as it can get very busy, particularly at weekends.

The food here is an example of why Thai food now occupies a special place in the hearts of Belgian: based on the use of herbs and spices, it is perfumed and light – and very tasty.

Overall verdict? Excellent Thai food, a convivial, chic, interior and friendly staff. A fine addition to this country’s Asian restaurant scene.

Thai Café

208 Chaussee de Bruxelles, Waterloo

02 888 8080

www.thaicafe.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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