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Local deal Brussels: Chez Leon

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With the launch of our newest city guide, we’d like to give one big, warm shout-out to Belgium’s beloved Chez Leon. It’s not easy finding reasonable food fare in the EU capital city, but Leon’s menu and service make it clear why the locals recommend the “mussels in Brussels.”

Mussels at Leon are fresh, cheap (a fixed price meal, including pommes frites and one free beer, is €14.50 per person), and served to your liking. When last there, this Cheapo ordered mussels marinières (mussels steamed in a tomato base) and watched as her fellow Cheapos delighted in mussels à la provencale.

For beer to go, pick up a four-pack for €6. It’s good stuff, we promise.

Check Leon’s web site for details on summer recipes (curry mussels anyone?), Leon beer, and more.

Visit our new Brussels guide here.

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Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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  1. On a trip to Brussels this past weekend (June 20-21, 2009) we discovered that the days of Chez Leon as an affordable dining destination are long gone. They have raised their prices significantly, to the point where the conclusion is inescapable that they’re simply fleecing naive tourists. Having read some thoroughly off-base recommendations, I’m sad to admit that we fell prey as well. Our meal here was deeply disappointing.

    Most of the mussel options at Chez Leon sell for an obscene 20 Euros and up. They do still have their moules and frites “deal” but that’s now up to 17.50, and for a smaller portion of mussels. For those of you new to Brussels or the Benelux countries more generally, that’s far more than you should be paying for a meal like this. Our concern that this was a tourist scam was confirmed when the restaurant added a 21% tax to our bill – despite the fact that tax is always included in a restaurant bill in Belgium, as it was everywhere else we went this weekend.

    Worst of all, the mussels weren’t very good and you can get better fries at McDonalds.

    Don’t waste your time at Chez Leon. Get away from this tiny tourist strip and enjoy one of the real restaurants Brussels has to offer. This city has some tremendous cuisine. You can – and should – do much, much better.

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