Discovering Kokuban, a Japanese restaurant in Brussels

My friend with whom I did part of the Comic Book Route in Brussels, suggested we went to a Japanese restaurant, since I love the food and she hadn’t tried it yet. I hadn’t been to any Japanese place in Brussels before, so I browsed the internet and found this promising little restaurant in the town of Ixelles. The restaurant, called Kokuban (meaning blackboard in Japanese) is just a 20-minute walk from the city centre, and we were just in time for pretty much all the seats were already taken.

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After getting the menu, I explained a few things to my friend, who is a Japanese food ‘amateur’. I ordered gyuudon (beef rice bowl) for myself, but I can’t quite remember what my friend got at that time.

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When we got our food, my friend was quite surprised at the sight of only chopsticks as utensils. I quickly explained the right way to use them, and she adapted to them perfectly. After out meal, we ordered mochi ice cream, with tea and sakura flavour.

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The food was so delicious that the next week I invited another friend to go there with me, and the week after that too.

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In Belgium, owners of Asian restaurants are usually Chinese, but it was different here; the owner really is Japanese. The number of Japanese customers was proof to me that the food does really taste like authentic Japanese food. I went there a few times after last summer with a different friend each time, and none of them could deny the deliciousness of the food.

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