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This is Brussels: Eating in Matonge at Soleil d'AfriqueOn returning home from an extended jaunt to Dakar I started to crave its traditional dishes of Mafe, Yassa, and grilled Lotte. Luckily, after a little searching in the Matonge district in Brussels, Belgium, I was able to fill such a void by finding Soleil d’Afrique. An order each of the peanut sauce Mafe, the slightly sour Yassa stew, and seasoned chicken wings, along with a couple orders of fried plantains is enough to satisfy a table of four for about 30 euros, including a round of beers. Each main dish comes with a generous mound of rice. If you need more just ask, s'il vous plait.
Soleil d’Afrique draws the expat crowd for dinner, usually walking from nearby Place Luxembourg and Place du Londre. The heated, outside bench seating is popular and fills up quickly. The attentive server and bartender will help with seating arrangements, offering tables inside if the outside fills up before your entire party arrives. If you don’t want to wait, Le Cap A Fric restaurant directly across has the best grilled Lotte outside of Dakar. Their Yassa poulet is a smidgen better, plus they serve Flag and La Gazelle, favorite beers of mine from Senegal.
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