First Filipino Restaurant in Wallonia, Belgium – Aux Saveurs Restaurant Philippines
There are tons of Filipino Restaurant in different parts of the world. However, only a few existing ones here in Belgium. Pinoy Cuisine or Filipino Cuisine is definitely underrated compare to other Asian cuisines.
Today I’d like to share our first-ever discovery of this astonishing Filipino restaurant Aux Saveurs Restaurant Philippines in Beauraing, Wallonia, Belgium.
Although Filipino cuisine is not that known or popular for foreigners, some people would even prefer Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, or Indian cuisine rather than Filipino.
On the other hand, Pinoy/Filipino cuisine attracts its own kind. Which means? It attracts Filipinos who are working abroad to give a certain patriotism to its own cuisine.
Filipino restaurants get most of their clients Filipino ones than other nationalities. One example that Filipinos are very loyal and favorable of their own product.
How about you? Have you ever tried any Filipino food? Have you ever been to a Filipino restaurant?
Filipino Restaurant in Belgium
As a Filipino living abroad, we normally opt to miss to eat some of our favorite traditional Filipino food back in our country. And even if we try to make or cook the same recipe. There are specific ingredients that are missing and would not probably complete that authentic Filipino taste.
Therefore, we search for ‘an abri’ a shelter where we can try and eat our usual but authentic taste of Filipino cuisine in a Filipino restaurant.
So far, we already went to 1 Filipino restaurant in Brussels (years ago), and the rest was Jollibee in other countries like Italy and the UK. I’ve also heard from other Filipinas another Filipino restaurant in Anderlecht, but we haven’t checked it out yet. Indeed Filipino restaurant is rare to find in Belgium.
How I find the Restaurant
Browsing online is one of my hobbies. I’ve floundered into a Filipino page group where usually Filipinos from all over Belgium can freely post their activities or interesting news on the page.
Scrolling posts on the page, I saw a lady posted some photos of her and family, having a wonderful time in a place called Aux Saveurs Restaurant Philippines. I was curious, so I search for information about the restaurant. Happy to know that it was located in the Wallonia part where my mom-in-law resides.
The day after, Hubby and I went for a weekend to lodge ‘chez maman’ mom-in-law’s place. We’ve agreed to go for a Sunday lunch in this Filipino restaurant in Beauraing. Another way for my family-in-law to discover more of my culture and heritage, especially in terms of cuisine.
Our Discovery Aux Saveurs Restaurant Philippines
Chatting the owner of the restaurant to reserve our place, I looked up to its photos posted and stumbled in their menu list. It offers a wide range of classic Filipino dishes and also French dishes.
They even serve some of my favorite Filipino plats (dishes) like Kare-Kare, BeefStek, Adobo (plat national aux Philippines), Pork Tocino, and a lot more.
Bringing my family-in-laws in this restaurant, made me feel excited, but, at the same time, nervous. Because it’s their first time to dine-in to a Filipino restaurant.
Our family was wonderfully welcomed by the owner (Ms. Arlene). She was very accomodating and very helpful. She even explained to my in-laws about the ‘plats Filipin’ or Filipino dishes.
For our apéritif/entrée, we ordered two glasses of beer and wine, and a Fanta for my niece. We also had some Kropek crisps and some green and black olives accompanied by two kinds of sauces.
Hubby and Maman received their entrées from a menu that they’ve chosen. For 25 euros, you already have Entrée, Plat (main dish), and a coffee. For Maman, she received an Hors d’oeuvres, a mix of nems, scampi, ravioli, etc.
And for Hubby, it was the Assortment de Brochettes asiatiques. Which composes chicken, porc, beef skewers Pinoy style.
Authentic Filipino Food!
Everyone ordered our main dish. In my case, I have chosen the Chop Suey. It’s a known Filipino/Chinese dish consisting of meat and eggs, cooked quickly with vegetables such as bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery. I’ve taken the one with chicken and a salad instead of rice.
We also have Menudo, Chock-full of tender pork, garbanzo beans, vegetables, and raisins in a thick tomato sauce. My Sis-in-law took the Nouilles sautées aux poulet (Fried noodles with chicken). Hubby has the Adobo, the national dish of the Philippines.
It’s a Philippine cuisine that involves meat or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade.
Lastly, we also have the un plat enfant (kids dish) for my niece. She chose the pâtes carbonara, which is classic and easy to eat for kids.
Everyone enjoyed their meal, including me, of course. Tasting these Filipino dishes brought me back to where I came from. It also brought me a lot of old memories, especially during my dining out with my Filipino family in the Philippines.
To end our joyful meal, we’ve chosen the Café Gourmand Philippin. It a dessert composes of different sweet and savory Filipino desserts. We have Sapin-Sapin, cassava cake, Biko, ice cream, and some assorted fresh fruits.
As you can see on the dessert plate, the one looks like a pie, with a violet color. It’s called Sapin-Sapin. Layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert in Philippine cuisine.
It is made from rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, water, flavoring, and coloring. Sapin-Sapin is usually sprinkled with latik or toasted desiccated coconut flakes, sprinkled on top.
Cassava cake is made of grated cassava, coconut milk, evaporated milk, eggs, condensed milk, and granulated white sugar. While Biko is made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar.
We also have a scoop of vanilla ice cream filled with whip cream for our little kid in the table.
Meeting the Owner and other Filipinas
My Family-in-laws and I had a great Sunday while exploring this first Filipino restaurant here in Beauraing, Wallonia. I had the opportunity to talk and share conversations with the owner and also to other Filipinas who were there with their partners.
Although, I didn’t spend a lot of time with them. I’m pretty happy to speak Tagalog/Filipino once in a while with other Filipinos here in Belgium. It was certainly a wonderful discovery and a great pleasure to see other Kababayans here in Belgium.
Thank you again to Ms. Arlene for the best food and best service!