The 10 best Japanese restaurants in Belgium

16.11.2015 - Dries Tack

Teppanyaki, sushi, tempura, chirashi, ramen,... These are only a few dishes from the expansive repertoire of Japanese dishes. As Japanese cuisine makes its way through the Western world, we not only discover its richness but also its particular savors. We have established a list of the best Japanese restaurants in Belgium to give your taste buds the best culinary experience in Japanese cuisine. Itadakimasu!* 

The 10 best Japanese restaurants in Belgium

YAMAYU SANTATSU

For more than 30 years, the restaurant has served top quality Japanese food in an authentic environment. It is the place-to-be for Japanese businessmen and expats. Once you enter the door, it is as if you travelled all the way to Japan. A reservation is advised.

  • Ossenmarkt 19, 2000 Antwerp - T+32(0)3/ 234 09 49
  • Chaussée d'Ixelles 141, 1050 Brussels - T: +32(0)2 / 513 53 12

Website: santatsu.be

NONBE DAIGAKU

At Nonbe Daigaku, chef and owner Suetsugu Yosuke, offers a great selection of Japanese dishes and high quality sashimi. He prepares each dish with a lot of respect and dedication. It is advised to book a table in advance.

Rue Adolphe Buyl 31, 1050 Brussels - T: +32 (0) 2 / 649 21 49

KAMO

This Michelin one-star rated restaurant offers you the best of Japanese cuisine in Belgium. Since 2007, the restaurant is famous for its special lunch menus for only 15€ and their original sashimi dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. Customers can discover the art and sophistication of Japanese cuisine in a modern environment. The chef Kamo chooses high quality products and uses his experienced cooking techniques to create exquisite dishes.

Chaussée de Waterloo 550a, 1050 Brussels - T: +32 (0)2 648 78 48

Website: restaurant-kamo.be

Menma 

This specialized ramen restaurant makes homemade noodles from a special machine imported from Japan. No wonder they taste so good and authentic! Their menu has a selection of four different ramen soups: shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), miso and their speciality, Yuzu shio (a combination of light salt and yuzu, a citrus fruit). Each bowl is accompanied with roast pork, bamboo shoots, nori (seaweed), egg and spring onions. You may ask for an extra portion of noodles or specific toppings if you wish. The place is rather small and often crowded so it is best to get there early.

Avenue des saisons 123, 1050 Brussels

Facebook page : menmabelgique

HINODEYA

Hinodeya, located near the European district of Brussels serves traditional contemporary Japanese cuisine for a reasonable price and good service. You can watch the sushi being freshly made in front of you and if the chef is in a good mood, he will give you a few explanations on sushi making. They also have a take-out service, prepare special orders for parties and events and organize sushi making workshops on a regular basis.

Rue du Trône 71, 1050 Brussels- T: +32 (0)2 502 52 05

Website: hinodeya.jimdo.com

KOKUBAN

At Kokuban, the menu offers a wide range of classical Japanese dishes and desserts at moderate prices. It is a small walk away from Place Flagey. The minimalist interior, soft lightning and good service give you a welcoming feeling. The restaurant does not serve sushi but is famous for its different ramen combinations and otsumami, light starter dishes.

Rue Vilain XIIII 55, 1050 Brussels - T: +32 (0) 2 / 611 06 22

SAMOURAI

The restaurant Samourai has been established in the centre of Brussels for over 35 years. It serves great sushis and delicious sukiyaki, amazing ramen and other traditional Japanese dishes. The chef Saito Harumi uses high quality fresh ingredients and presents them in a beautiful way to create dishes as lovely as works of art.  

Rue du Fossé aux Loups 28, 1000 Brussels - T: +32 (02) 217 56 39

Website: samourai-bruxelles.be

TANUKI

Tanuki is located a few steps away from the city centre of Bruges and takes you away to a real Japanese experience through its atmosphere and its delicious food. Customers can enjoy all kinds of appetizers, sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, sukiyaki, traditional desserts and many more.

Oude Gentweg 1, 8000 Bruges - T: 050 34 75 12

Website: tanuki.be

MINATO

This restaurant is located in the Kaaien area in Antwerp. It is in this authentic Japanese atmosphere that Ishizawa Naoshito makes his sushi with the greatest care and finesse. Not only the dishes are freshly made with great execution, the staff welcomes the customers with great hospitality creating a warm atmosphere.

Vlaamse Kaai 61, 2000 Antwerp – T: 03 237 60 64

Website: minatoantwerpen.be

IZUMI

Izumi is one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Antwerp. It has been serving excellent sushi and sashimi for more than 40 years. They have a “tasting menu”, composed of 7 dishes and a dessert, which gives you a quick tour of the different aspects of Japanese cuisine. Their normal menu offers a wide range of fresh fish and different kinds of traditional Japanese dishes.

Beeldhouwersstraat 44, 2000 Antwerpen - T: 03 216 13 79

Website: izumi.be

 

* "Let's eat", "Bon appétit!", "Thanks for the meal" in Japanese. It is said before the meal to show gratitude for the food.   

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