Founded in 1905, the Vincent rotisserie is situated on the ground floor of an attractive neoclassical building that was created when two 17th-century houses were joined together in 1834. It was not until nearly a hundred years later that the interior of the two former dwellings was given a unified design. The wide wood-framed window and door on the right side of the building were installed by architect Maurice Grimme in 1913, while the façade on the left side, featuring a large sash window flanked by smaller windows with wooden muntins, was only completed in 1926, by architect Camille Wenmaekers. The interior decor, with its painted tiles, is quite simply extraordinary. The high-quality ceramic tiles were produced by Berchem-Saint-Agathe/Sint-Agatha-Berchem firm Helman and feature typical scenes from the Belgian coast: shrimp fishermen on horseback, ducks flying above flooded polders, cows in the pasture, and sheep in the dunes. One of the restaurant’s rooms still has an old-fashioned oven and hood, a display area, a cutting table and a large bar area, all bedecked with ceramic tiling. The scenes on the walls are painted in a highly realistic style that draws more from the work of Eugène Laermans and Constantin Meunier than the Art Nouveau style in fashion at the time. With its typical Brussels atmosphere, this restaurant is popular with tourists and regulars alike because of its setting and its menu. (Listed 20/09/2001)
Guided tours: Sun. at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (in French); 11:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 15:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.
Sat. & Sun., 11:00 to 16:00
Rue des Dominicains/Predikherenstraat 8-10, Brussels