There is nothing more quintessentially Belgian than the croquette de crevette or shrimp croquette. Any traditional Belgian restaurant including even gastronomic restaurants is likely to have it on its menu with a good ‘american’ or steak tartare and mussels with fries.
Now, lovers of this Belgian delicacy which is made with small shrimps that are common in the North Sea have a reference point.
In a bid to find the best prawn croquette in Brussels, Belgium’s capital, Visit Brussels has organised the first ever contest to find the best prawn croquette in the city. The winner of the first ever event was Fernand Obb Delicatessen, a small restaurant in St Gilles, one of the 19 communes of Brussels.
Visit.Brussels held the first ever context at Comme Chez Soi, a two Michelin star restaurant that is considered to be one of the ‘mainstays’ of Brussels gastronomy. And the panel made up of culinary journalists was headed by Pierre Wynants, for many years rewarded with 3 Michelin stars at his restaurant Comme Chez Soi.
In total 20 restaurants signed up to take part in the event. These were L’Atelier de Willy, Le Belga Queen, La Brasserie de la Gare, Le Callens Café, Chez Léon, Chez Soje, Fernand Obb Delicatessen, La Guinguette en Ville, Joe’s Restaurant, Ma Folle de Sœur, La Manufacture, Le Moulin de Lindekemale, Peï & Meï, Le Pré Salé, La Quincaillerie, Restaurant François, Restaurant Vincent, Restobières, Todt’s Café, and Toucan Brasserie.
The top 10 were the following: La Quincaillerie, Ma Folle de Soeur, François, LeTodt’s Café, Le Belga Queen, Toucan Brasserie, l’Atelier de Willy, La Guinguette en Ville and La Brasserie de la Gare, are in the top 10 together with Fernand Obb Delicatessen.
A call for participants was issued during the month of September via social media. To be eligible to participate in the contest, participants had to meet the following criteria: have a restaurant, cafeteria, counter, or food truck operating and located in the Brussels-Capital Region and offer house-made croquettes on their menu.
The 20 participants took over the kitchen of Comme chez soi to make their own versions of the shrimp croquettes. Points were allocated according to a number of common criteria like crunchiness, taste and the quality of the shrimps.