Four years ago B and I were both living and working in Paris, going on our little week-end trips around France and never even giving a thought to our neighboring country in the North. Then B started going quite often to Brussels for his work bringing back home chocolates from Pierre Marcolini or biscuits from Maison Dandoy and my interest started growing towards this city of french fries and art deco. Soon after I booked a week-end trip for us to spend the Valentine’s day in Brussels. As usual we went there without a specific plan or even a map and just wandered around admiring the architecture and tasting local specialities. In the evening it was very cold when we stepped out from our hotel and started to look for a restaurant. Nearby we found Chinese restaurant, another Chinese and an Irish pub… Not good. B started to be cranky because I wanted to keep walking in the dark hoping of finding something even a bit interesting and obviously I didn’t have a clue where we were going. We ended up in some dark back streets of Avenue Louise, at this point B had stopped talking to me, when suddenly I saw a dim light far away on a side street. And there it was, Les Brassins, a Belgian bistro exactly as we like it!
The restaurant is cozy and I love the decor with old beer ads on the walls. The customers are a mix of locals that look like they’ve been going there for generations and some tourists too. The menu is perfect with a good variety of traditional dishes such as shrimp croquettes or rabbit in a cherry beer sauce and modern bistro food like filet mignon or Brassins burger. The beer menu is wide and the draught beer is called Silly!
Ever since this restaurant has become the place where we often take our guests visiting Brussels or when we want to celebrate special occasions. And of course each time we think about that Valentine’s day 4 years ago and the fact how we didn’t have a clue that a year from it we would have a second home in Belgium!