Yesterday I was visiting the beautiful Ixelles commune in Brussels and ended up at TAN for lunch.
Tan is a restaurant, a take away and a wonderful shop all specialised in organic, cross cultural, living cuisine. Most of their menu is gluten free, lucky me :)! and the recipes are inspired by different kinds of cuisines.
By living cuisine, as the staff kindly explains me, they mean that their vegetables are steamed but still crunchy, so all the food properties are preserved as well as taste.
Fish and meat are cooked at low temperatures, always below 100°, they use drying, gentle steaming, and stewing.
All the oils are raw, never used for cooking. They almost never use gluten in the kitchen and all the food they make is lactose-free and starch-free.
At lunch TAN proposes daily menus at affordable prices that change according to the seasons.
I ate a delicious salad of marinated Raita with a macadamia nut sauce, cider vinegar, basil and coriander, pistachio cream, sunflower seeds, and sprouts.
My main course was a fantastic millet taboulé with celery, eggplant, coloured with beetroot and flavoured with ginger.
All the vegetables were steamed, served with a very good cream of cashew nuts, spirulina algae, a raw sauce with extra virgin olive oil, dill, tarragon, candied lemon and Kalamata olives.
The place is very nice as well: in summer you can also sit on the terrace outside and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather.
And if you go, don’t forget to visit the Victor Horta Museum in rue Américaine, just a few blocks away: it is outstanding and one life experience to make, if not done it yet 😉