May 11, 2018
Modish restaurant-bar which has two handsome floors and which is to be found on a steep cobbled side street in oh-so-stylish Sablon. What firsts strikes you is that it has the distinct air of an old factory. Contributing to this look are its sofas and metal chairs downstairs. Add a steel stairway leading to tables for food upstairs and is left in no doubt that they have that much sought after post-industrial look down to a nicety. Perfect for Bloody Mary mornings over papers in front of the big windows, or indeed long wintry lunch times over beer-flavoured stews. Much frequented by the professional classes of Brussels, it does a fine line in traditional Belgian fare: boudins compote, chicons au gratin, pain de viand, moules frites and that hearty Belgian speciality stoemps. True, the bill of fare pinches a few ideas from the Mediterranean and elsewhere, but in the main it remains staunchly patriotic. They claim that theirs is the best spaghetti in Brussels. We shall let you be the judge of that. Make a bee line for its brushed steel bar from which you can get all manner of spirits and a handful of highly quaffable cocktails. They are excellent reports both of the mojito royal and indeed that perennial favourite the Cuba Libre. So if you eschew the trough, you won’t be disappointed. As for the service, we have no complaints. Nor, we trust, should you. You’d think because this place is trendy, it would be dear. It isn’t.