We were moved to make Aux Armes de Bruxelles our lunch destination after reading the New York Times 36 Hours in Brussels and had to enjoy the mussels and seafood. Aux Armes de Bruxelles is a family operation which opened in 1921, very popular among locals and tourists alike. The restaurant is closed Mondays and does have long lines in the evenings.
The waiters dressed in suit jackets and the space was warm with light wood, mirrors and simple decor. The restaurant was white linen, but very comfortable. We enjoyed the prix fixe for 20.90 Euros including an Entree, Plat and Dessert (tous les jours de 12h à 15h, sauf samedi, dimanche et jours fériés).
The coquette de volaille was so delicious. It was tender on the inside and had a nice crust on the exterior pairing very well with the sauce.
The escargots had a nice chew and were nicely coated in melted butter and fragrant herbs. The herbacious sauce was just lovely and we even dipped our mussels in the butter sauce.
The moules marnieres en casserole au vin blanc, celery and vegetables was super fresh, and we loved the broth. We ordered a side of pomme frites for a few extra euros.
The airy mousse au chocolat with Callebaut chocolate was the best we ever had. The air bubbles throughout the mousse was light, fluffy and luscious. Really one o the most satisfying chocolate mousses and we licked the ramekin clean.