Don’t let the Scandinavian interior fool you: you go to Moni -which means “now” in Italian, to enjoy the best of Pugliese cuisine ‘fatto in casa’. Take a seat on a furry chair at the big wooden communal table with a beautiful chandelier aloft or sit tête-à-tête along the wall among a myriad of colourful cushions. Perfect spot for a little romantic dinner.

Food wise, you can share a plate of antipasti with deli cuts and grilled seasonal veggies or a frisa tomatoe bruchetta (warning, it’s pretty filling for a starter). Do try their slow-cooked octopus -the star of the menu, served whole with tomato sauce, wheat and chicory.  The sweet toothed rascals among you need to have a spoon of their tear-jerking tiramisu or the poached pear served with Primitivo  -a Pugliese wine, and salt caramel ice-cream. Bookings are recommended and note that it’s cash only.

MONI, Avenue Ducpétiaux 35, 1060 Saint-Gilles. T: +32 2 430 25 08. Open Tuesday to Friday from 12:00-14:00 and 19:00-22:00 and Saturdays 19:00-22:00