Table Talk: Brussels brasserie, a warm embrace on a winter day

Tue Dec 8, 2009 6:59am EST
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By Ana-Maria Tolbaru

BRUSSELS (Reuters Life!) - Brussels can be a bit blustery and wet in December, snatching at your umbrella and chilling you to the bone.

When the weather is particularly bad that's a good time to throw yourself into the warm embrace of Les Brassins, one of the coziest restaurants in Europe's capital.

After you've negotiated the narrow cobbled streets of busy cosmopolitan Brussels which bring you to 36 Rue Keyenveld, brush the rain from your shoulders and get ready to tuck into some comfort food to warm yourself up.

They say "tout le monde connat Les Brassins," everyone knows Les Brassin, which has had a timeless existence for the last 25 years since it opened.

It is a popular hang out for locals and expats who love the home-cooked feel of its traditional Belgian dishes. Les Brassin is also an excellent destination for the hungry, cold tourist, keen to experience authentic Belgian cuisine.

It is worth noting that Les Brassins, as welcoming and warm as it may appear from the outside, can be busy and without a reservation (+322 512 69 99), you may have to wait at the bar (which has no chairs) for 10 to 20 minutes.

Still, perusing and trying some of the brasserie's selection of 61 beers -- which each come in their own glasses -- can be a pleasant way to while away the moments alongside other guests at the bar as you wait for a table to come free.

The bitter Kwak beer comes in a giant hourglass shaped vessel and "is impossible to drink," says waitress Shirley, as she pours one for a diner.   Continued...