I’ve got an oldie but goodie for you today. If you’ve lived in Brussels for a while, you’ve probably had the good fortune to enjoy a meal at Les Brassins. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?! I know a ton has already been written about this place (it even made the New York Times), but it is just so good I can’t not include it on my best of Brussels list.
The husband and I had friends visiting last weekend (the ones who inspired this post). Since they hadn’t been to Brussels in a while, we decided on classic Belgian cuisine and headed off to this hidden, yet well-known spot close to Port de Namur for some of the best in town.
Located on a small, nondescript street, you would never accidentally walk past this place. There’s not much else nearby, which for me is part of the charm. The interior is simple, with wooden tables and chairs and a few old Belgian beer advertisements for decoration. The atmosphere is always cosy and warm, perfect for a hearty dinner with friends. We didn’t make reservations, and although this small restaurant is always packed, we were lucky enough to get a table right away.
Les Brassins has a wide choice of Belgian specialties like sausage with stoemp (potatoes mashed with vegetables), onglet aux échalotes (strips of beef in shallot sauce) and lapin à la Kriek (rabbit cooked in cherry beer). We kept things simple – two orders of carbonnades flamandes (beef beer stew) and two orders of jambonneau (ham leg). Yes you guessed right, the two huge legs of ham were for the boys. We had delicious broccoli stoemp and some of the best frites in Brussels to accompany our massive plates of meat.
Even though we were stuffed, there was no way we were leaving without dessert. We had seen a huge slice of tarte tatin (upside-down apple tart) go by and knew we had to have a piece. It was served with vanilla ice cream and four spoons, and was devoured in just a few minutes.
So conclusion? Great Belgian food. Check. Friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. Check. Good prices. Check. Brussels restaurants don’t get much better than this.
I love this place so much it made my top picks for the Ryanair Let’s Go magazine article I contributed to last month. Check out the article for this and some of my other favorite restaurants in Brussels. There’s even a great picture of me stuffing my face 🙂
36 Rue Keyenveld, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 512 69 99
Open: Monday to Sunday, 12pm-12am (no credit cards accepted)
Images via TripAdvisor and FoodandFashionEU.