Le Crabe Fantôme, the Brussels institution is closing its doors for good and reinventing itself

The start of the school year is a special time for many establishments to open their doors, but for some it is also an opportunity to reinvent themselves. This is the case of Crabe Fantôme, this well-known Brussels restaurant located on Avenue du Bois de la Cambre which has been attracting a loyal clientele for years. The restaurant offered five rooms with different atmospheres: the navigation room was the most intimate restaurant room, it was generally here that the small groups were installed. The captain’s room, which stood out with its boat sails hanging from the ceiling and its portraits of ancestors hanging on the wall, accommodated 25 people. For larger receptions, the fisherman’s hut and the promenade deck room both lend themselves perfectly to private events, cocktail parties or banquets since they could respectively accommodate 40 and 60 people. Without forgetting the large terrace, covered and heated.

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But what foodies liked to go there for was necessarily above all for the menu: there were dishes from French and Thai cuisine. An astonishing mix that allowed everyone to find what they were looking for. For example, you could just as well enjoy a casserole of yesteryear made from sweetbreads, calf liver and kidneys as a duck with Thai basil. Among the typical specialties of our region, we found as a starter the shrimp croquettes, the 3 cheese fondues served with Liège syrup or even Flemish asparagus. And then for 39.50 euros, you could afford a menu including starter, main course and dessert. In short, so many good things on the plate that make the people of Brussels already regret its closure. Evidenced by the many comments flowing on the restaurant’s Facebook page since the announcement. A closure too sudden for regulars who have spent memorable moments there such as weddings, baptisms, etc.

A new restaurant

Let the most nostalgic be reassured from the start: the adventure does not stop definitively for the Crab phantom team, which has announced that it is taking over the Auberge de Boendael, located a few steps away, in Ixelles. In this authentic and old farmhouse, the star of the place is none other than the large fireplace which dominates the clock room, one of the main rooms and which was often used in the past for grilling. The Orangery, which benefits from soft light in summer and winter, is also one of the establishment’s strong points. Open since September 6, the new version of the Auberge de Bondael already promises to delight gourmets! A matter to follow closely, but what is certain is that the restaurant already has a loyal clientele.

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