Place de la Liberté 9
What’s hot: From the warm welcome, to the choice of music and serving sizes, Los Chiringuitos does not disappoint. According to the owner, Xavier, tapas-style dishes from around the world are the inspiration, so you can be sure to find a range of options.
On the menu are well-executed Spanish classics such as patatas bravas, but also more unexpected dishes like Camembert à la truffe, an addictive baked cheese dish with truffle, or a tasty pulled pork. The star of our evening was the Artichauts à l’ail, garlicky baked artichokes with crispy outer leaves and a juicy interior which was bursting with flavor.
The cocktails were beautiful, tasty and not too strong.
What’s not: Service is generally fast, but this can also make you feel a little rushed, as they try to make room for the next diners.
Vibe: Great music, decoration and very friendly and accommodating staff make for a pleasant experience. Tables fill up quickly in this small venue with a semi-open kitchen and bar, so make sure to book a table in advance.
Who is picking up the check: Not cheap for a tapas place as prices start above the €10 mark and go all the way up to around €30 for a plate. Cocktails remain on the affordable side for Brussels with each going for around €12, while wine by the glass sets you back €7.
Insider tip: Stick to two dishes per person, as serving sizes are generous — that way you’ll have room for one of their delicious desserts.
Fun fact: The owner is half Spanish and comes from the world of elite hospitality. He takes his inspiration for the food concept from chiringuitos, a type of Balearic beach bar and from what is typically offered on board luxury yachts!
How to get there: Located on Place de la Liberté, it is a quick walk from Madou metro station. It is perfectly located to grab a drink or a bite to eat before catching a show at Cirque Royal just around the corner.
— Review published on December 7, 2023. Illustration by Dato Paruvala for POLITICO.