La Charcuterie

Epicerie et cave à manger

16 avenue paul dejaer, 1060 saint-gilles
02 850 88 12
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monday, wednesday to saturday, from 3pm to 10:30pm
small plates to share: 6€ – 18€

Olivier and his wife Ana have chosen this old charcuterie and delicatessen, to open their restaurant in Brussels. A choice that was key in their opening, as the place was heritage listed at the city of Brussels, had been abandoned for a while, and was requiring important renovations to restore it to its original state. The Charcuterie used to be owned by Marguerite and René, up until 1978. Before the renovation, what was left of it was only the tiled walls, the big counter and the chopping block, where René would cut and clean the pieces of meat.
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The Modern Alchemist

Cocktail & rum bar

55 avenue adolphe demeur, 1060 saint-gilles
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from monday to wednesday, from 5pm to 11pm
thursday, from 5pm to midnight
friday & saturday, from 5pm to 1am
Cocktails: 10€ – 15€
small bites: 3€ – 7€

The first time we came, Christopher was the one who welcomed us at the Modern Alchemist. The bar had just opened and he was still finishing to set up, but he gave us a warm welcome nonetheless. Located a few meters away from Place Van Meenen since December 2018, the opening of The Modern Alchemist has already got many people talking. And we’re not surprised. With his two business partners, Sébastien and Benjamin, they found right the recipe. Specialized in rums, they offer over 70 references to their customers. But those are not just any rums: all of them have been made according to the traditional method, and contain no additives.
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Les Petits Bouchon

local bistro

832 chaussée d’alsemberg, 1180 uccle
02 378 09 90 – site web
from tuesday to thursday, from 12pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 11pm
on friday, from 12pm to 2:30 and from 7pm to midnight
on saturday, from 7pm to midnight
mains: 18.50€ – 27.50€
3-course lunch: 22.50€

We wanted to open a place for zwanzeurs, says Tom, chef and owner of Les Petits Bouchons. In the dialect of Brussels, this roughly translates into a place for people who love to have a laugh, drinks have fun in general. When they took over the restaurant in May 2018, Tom and his wife Sylvie knew exactly what they were looking for: a place with a local history, looking like a bistro. A real quality Belgian restaurant, far from tourists’ traps, where he could prepare traditional recipes with some personal twists. But also a place that would be alive, with zwanze, from where customers would go home slightly drunk.
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St. Kilda

Sharing tasting menu

44 avenue coghen, 1180 uccle
02 319 92 82 – site web
Tasting menu: 40€

We walked into St Kilda with sparkles in our eyes and little peaks of excitement. It’s already been more than a year since this gem has opened, well hidden in a residential area in Uccle, and we’d only just heard about it. Milan and Antoine welcomed us with a smile, from behind their huge kitchen counter, in their semi-confidential restaurant.

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