For an authentic walk in the belly of Brussels, we advise you to use straight away in the popular neighbourhood of the Marolles district to explore. Next to the cosy stroll alongside antique and designer shops to you can also good food and drinks. Five new addresses to discover.
The history of this hidden gem in the Priestersstraat or “Poepegang” goes back to the seventies, when radio and tv presenter Daniel Van Avermaet and his wife a volkskroeg transformed into a successful brasserie. After 2005, the acquisitions and closures. The current owner Luc Wittevrouw took Au Stekerlapatte – Brussels dialect for ‘stickleback’ – end 2014 out of the doldrums.
The traditional brasserie interior remained, like some of the typical Brussels dishes such as bloempanch (blood sausage), pig’s trotters, beef stew, karamelribbetjes and meatballs in tomato sauce. The disappeared brothels in the street, you must turn yourself bijdenken.
Priestersstraat 4. Website.
LES VIGNES DU LIBAN
Lebanese Inhabitants, and the offices in the area were quickly the way to this small but cosy eatery that opened its doors in march 2015. Patron Faraj Husseïn (55) moved thirty years ago to Brussels and worked for many years as a waiter, inter alia, in the Brasseries Georges in Uccle. Now, he teaches his customers the Lebanese cuisine.
The card performs authenticity of paramount importance, and it mentions in addition to vleesbrochettes and seafood dishes several mezze to share, hummus (mashed chick peas), moutabal (auberginekaviaar) and tabouleh (salad of parsley, onion, tomato, mint and bulgur) into hot preparations as saweda djej (purée) and assanat (lamstong).
Hoogstraat 152. Website.
Also definitely worth a stop is the hip Pin Pon, accommodated in a beautifully renovated building that in a previous life served as a fire station and was also called to the sirens. The building received two years ago, a restaurant and café area, the industrial look was kept intact, the upper floor was completed with impressive glassware. Here, you can eat seasonal dishes with a view of the hustle and bustle of the Vossenplein and his daily antique market.
The bar on the ground floor has an extensive menu, with several artisan beers and natuurwijnen to discover. Via the access point slash bridge to make the crossing from one side to the side of the hip case. Also nice: the terrace, open when the summer in the country.
Their first beer was brewed by the self-taught artists Denys van Elewyck and Samuel Languy in all discretion “and stoemelings” at home. Since July of last year, you can make the Brussels twentysomethings at work behind the long display case of their microbrewery, opened with the help of crowdfunding, a grant from the Brussels handelsagentschap Atrium and a loan from the Brussels Region.
Between the stainless steel gistingskuipen and the bags of malt sells the duo are artisan beers, which are as much as possible with Belgian ingredients are composed. A leader is the Curieuse Nose, a fresh tripel 7.5 degrees in bottles of 75 centilitre (7 euro).
Spiegelstraat 1. Website.
LE MARCHÉ DU WINE BAR
The most recent edition of Gault&Millau crowned the intimate Wine Bar des Marolles in the Hoogstraat to the address with the best price-quality ratio. Owner and sommelier Vincent Thomaes serves, since 2013, an exquisite selection of wines and seasonal and regional dishes, in a setting of candlelight and 19th-century painting.
In 2014 he did in the adjoining building, the Marché du Wine Bar open : open a grocery store that in addition to wine, organic vegetables and homemade bread are numerous traditional food to offer, and just as the bistro is open from Thursday to Sunday.
Hoogstraat 196. Website. .