BBP Bailli

beers, pizza & small plates

Rue du Bailli 1/A, 1000 Bruxelles
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Du lundi au mardi de 17h à 00h,
du mercredi au jeudi de 17h à 1h
le vdd de 17h à 2h, le samedi de 15h à 2h
et le dimanche de 15h à 00h
Pizza: 12€ – 18€
Petits plats: 4€ – 14€

If you haven’t tried them yet, you’ve probably already spotted them on rue du Bailli: their bright and colorful facade is hard to miss. For a year already, the place has been a hub for beer lovers, taken over by the famous Brussels Beer Project, a Brussels-based micro-brewery we support and love. If you’re a beer lover living in Brussels, chances are you’ve already had a sip on either a Grosse Bertha, a Delta or even a Jungle Joy.

BBP Bailli is already the team’s second venue, after BBP Dansaert downtown. The beers are the same, but difference lies mostly in the setting and atmosphere, fully dedicated to their brand identity. The light, music, decoration – every table, every object, every menu reflects their DNA. It’s tacky, definitely – neons all over the place and disco pizza oven with flashy colors -, but it’s perfectly done, and we simply love it.

You must know by now how our team loves to drink and eat, and figured we directly aimed for the food menu when we noticed there was more than chips with the beers. A few plates to share, and about a dozen Neapolitan pizzas – perfect to grab a bite or even to have a proper dinner, without having to go places.

Last time we came, the weather was warm enough to sit outside, where we enjoyed roman artichokes (8,50€), pimentos del padrón with harissa mayo (8€), and, of course, a pizza. Following the bartender’s advice, we went for the Basil Boom (16€), which was simply delicious, with a dough cooked to perfection. In our glasses, a Jungle Joy and a Pico Bello (0%) to go with the last rays of sunshine. Summer is definitely here, and BBP’s terrace is one of the best places to welcome it.

Whether you decide to sit in or have a drink outside – definitely two whole different types of settings and of atmospheres, and we can only recommend both – you won’t regret having a beer here.

 

Kroket

croquettes & bistro cuisine

37 rue Caroly, 1050 Ixelles
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Monday till Friday from noon till 2.30 pm
 Thursday and Friday from 6.30 till 9.30 pm
Lunch (starter + main) : 19€

Before launching Kroket, Antoine and Alex were both chefs at Jules & Charles. Then one day, they heard about the best shrimp croquette contest in Brussels, and decided to give it a shot. They didn’t win, but their croquette was so good though, that it made them want to take it a step further. Last October, they gave up everything to dedicate themselves fully to croquettes – to take away, to start. After a few weeks of tryouts, they found the perfect combination – a croquette that had been pre-fried, that one simply had to reheat 10 minutes in the oven, to give it back its perfect crispiness.

Then months went by, and Antoine and Alex decided they wanted to take it up a notch and open their place for real, one you’d come and sit at one of the tables, delighting yourself on croquettes, Belgian beer, and a short bistronomy-like seasonal menu.

We went for lunch, and were not disappointed. We started with 4 different types of croquettes (between 4€ and 7,5€ a piece), to try as many as we could. The shiitaké one, that we already knew and loved, the cheddar – delicious – the shrimp one you definitely shouldn’t miss out on, and the “cockles and spianata”, croquette of the week and actually the one we liked the most. And Antoine being as kind as he is, he even brought us the starter from the lunch menu, yet another type of croquettes: mini bacalhau croquettes, super light and crunchy (the secret is to make them without potato purée) on a bed of super fresh fennel salad. It was simply delicious.

We continued with the lunch main (19€ for starter and main lunch menu) : beef chimichurri on a red bean purée with radicchio salad – the seasoning was delicious and the meat cooked to perfection. And a sauteed calamari with white wine, garlic and parsley (15€) – which took me all the way to the Mediterranean sea, by its incredible smell alone.

The type of restaurant we simply love, and love to share. Great products, adorable team, excellent cuisine and super affordable prices. Clearly everything we’re looking for.

 

20 adresses pour manger le dimanche soir

restos, bars, la totale

Tous les dimanches c’est pareil. Après avoir erré sans itinéraires précis sur les internets, on finit par dépit dans son canap’, une boite de take away sur les genoux, alors qu’en fait, on serait bien sortis de chez nous. Mais où?

On a fait l’exercice pour vous, et on vous a réunit nos meilleures adresses pour (très bien) manger le dimanche soir.

Et pour être tout à fait honnêtes, on l’a aussi fait pour nous.

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Saussice

56 rue de roumanie, 160 Saint-Gilles
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wednesday to sunday, 12 to 2pm
and from 7pm to 10pm

 

I was sitting at the same table as last time, the one in the corner, where the angle of the bench slightly differs from the angle of the table, making it a bit awkward to sit, while watching the remaining customers lazily finish their daily special. It was on a Saturday at 3pm, the clouds were slowly taking over the previously blue sky, and Mad About You was echoing in the almost empty restaurant.

Inside, the atmosphere was peaceful. I put my book down to check the menu again, thinking whether I was going to go for dessert or not. I briefly hovered the dessert part – French Toast (9€) -, and scrolled to the bottom, where below the lines about allergies and intolerances, I found the word “bisou”. I smiled and waved at the waiter.

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