Calmos

natural wine bar

1 rue de Tamines,
1060 Saint-Gilles
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from wednesday to monday, from 5pm to 11pm
wine by the glass : 3,50€ – 7,50€
finger food : 3€ – 9€

We liked the story. Two friends, not professionally into wine per se, but who quiet enjoy drinking it. A photographer and a graphic designer, who have in common the desire to have fun and a wine bar in shared custody. A bar in Saint-Gilles on a corner, with its large French window that invites you to step inside, and its red tables that make you want to sit on the terrace to start the evening.

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Bap & Dak

korean counter

Rue Lesbroussart 55
1050 Ixelles – website
Monday to Sunday from 7pm to 10pm
 starters : 6 – 10€
dishes : 15 – 19€

Weeks that we go by, mentally noting every new detail, and stumbling around wondering if this new place is going to be good or not. And then a couple of weeks ago, the words Bap & Dak appeared along the façade. Just enough to let us know it would be a Korean counter.

Bap & Dak opened last week, it’s just as good as we could have imagined, and it’s Stefaan’s very first restaurant business. Freshly back from London, he arrived in Brussels knowing he would open a restaurant, a concept he had there, but missed over here.

Stefaan is a Korean food lover, but couldn’t seem to find a true good bibimbap in Brussels. Nor a decent fried chicken, like the one they make in Seoul. When launching Bap & Dak, these were the two items he had in mind. But the mono-dish concept quickly evolved into a Korean counter, offering four starters, four mains, and a few sides. But also plenty of Brussels-made draft beers, Soju, delicious Brussels Mule made with Brussels vodka, and some natural wines, just in case.

On our first visit, it’s love at first sight. We loved the pajeon, a thin savory pancake with spring onions and kimchi (8€) and the incredible fried chicken (9€), which we ate with our fingers. As for the mains, the kimchi fried rice served with an egg (16€) was simply explosive. But the bibimbap, too bland for our taste, was – ironically – a bit left out. Out of genuine professionalism, we try again two days later, with a Dolsot spicy chicken (17€) served in its steaming hot stone bowl. Simply perfect, and quickly chased away the memory of our first experience. Let’s just say that the restaurant had only been open for two days at our first visit.

But if there’s one thing to remember, it’s that only two days after their opening, we loved their food so much that we booked a table to come back two days later as we left the restaurant.

 

Chabrol

Sustainable & bistro cuisine

57, 61 Avenue Louis Bertrand,
1030 Schaerbeek
02 463 13 04 – website
Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm
and 7pm to 10pm
Dishes : 13 – 24€
Wine glass : 4,50€ – 6€

A restaurant like Chabrol is not so easy to find. Both warm and friendly, with a bistro-like laid-back atmosphere, and a seasonal and creative menu. The type of place you’d want to remember if you come across one day.

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Le Brunch Club de l’Été

sunday august 30th

le brunch club de l’été
June – September 2020
next one : 30th of August
château de rivieren
brunch club 12 – 4pm :  60€
Brunch club 5pm – 9pm : 60€
brunch club + yoga morning 9:30am – 4pm : 85€
reservations


Next and last Brunch Club de l’Eté : August 30th !
Bookings right here.

Last June, the Brunch Club was transformed into a chic picnic, where you were invited to sip a glass of champagne on the grass, comfortably installed on picnic blankets, surrounded by cushions and light garlands suspended in the trees.

Beautiful vidéo by Nicolas Leleu 

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