Belgians and their food
It's definitely a rhetorical question when asked whether us Belgians like to eat. We live to eat and not the other way around, and this comes as a second nature to us.
Belgians are big meat lovers and this can be traced back to how our gastronomic culture began. Going back to the Prehistoric era people survived solely on fish, meat and nuts but later when agriculture made its entrance, so did cows and horses. And yes, to this day, we love a good horse steak on a Sunday.
We never feel guilty for being at a restaurant every weekend. We simply can't get enough of the traditional meals you find at the many Belgian restaurants, which we don’t often get to prepare ourselves. Because one thing is certain, the fries we buy at a fries shop are very different and somehow more delicious than the ones you make at home.
Belgian gastronomy is of course much more than chocolate, beer, fries and waffles. Our kitchen is so varied that even if you are a difficult eater, you will find something you love. If you are planning a trip to our beautiful country, you'll find recipes on the menu such as Flemish beef stew, Mussels with fries and Vol-au-vent, so naturally we had to transport these dishes to our own Belgian restaurant at the Belgian Pavilion.
Come and try them all!
Creneau International is our trusted partner responsible for the design and development of retail and catering concepts in the pavilion. They are one of Belgium’s finest design agencies and export products (they’ve been active in Dubai from long before our collaboration). Creneau International is no ordinary design agency. With offices in Hasselt and Dubai, they’re no stranger to international relations but even farther than Dubai, they like to reach for the sky and push the limits.
Our Pavilion's restaurant is based on Creneau's le Petit Belge concept. According to Creneau "It offers a friendly and vibrant destination where guests can unwind in a truly Belgian setting. Le Petit Belge is a real testament to the famous Belgian culture that embraces life and is filled with joy.".
The menu will be elaborate and a testament to our knowledge of great food. From Tomates Crevettes as a starter to a Classic Flemish Carbonade for your main, and of course you'll have no other choice but to end with the Belgian Chocolate Mousse. Whatever your taste, you will be able to indulge in the many great options to choose from, thanks to the excellent selection by our chef Bart Thoelen. We will serve starters, main courses and desserts in the form of a two course or three-course menu.
On our amazing Rooftop Terrace you will have the best view over the Expo 2020 Dubai site. You will be able to enjoy a selection of finger food and snacks from our menu, while enjoying a sundowner in our lounge area. The climate in Dubai will be perfect that time of year, and it will make for the perfect spot to take a break mid-visit or end your visit at our Pavilion.
Our Fast Food Kiosks
At the entrance of the Pavilion you will find two fast food kiosks. One will be serving waffles and the other one will be serving Belgian "frietjes" fries. Another perfect afternoon snack to indulge in. These happen to be our speciality and we truly hope everyone visiting the Expo will find the time to make a stop here and taste the true Belgian style of these delicacies.