13 avenue Jules de trooz,
02 567 29 02 – site web
open every day continuously from 12 to 9:30
except on friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
closed on saturdays
starters: 9€ – 16€
pasta 15€ – 24€
Another great opening in Woluwé! After Coquum in March, Coin Coin recently just opened on the corner of rue Jules de Trooz, just off avenue de Tervuren. Here, it’s all about simplicity, or at least that’s how the two owners intended it. In our plates though, we can see the difference straight away. Coin Coin is not an Italian restaurant, it’s a bistro for pasta lovers, says Mathieu, one of the two business partners.
None of us is Italian in the team, it wouldn’t have made sense to call this an Italian restaurant, he says – though all of their ingredients are sourced from a supplier in Bologna, and all of their fresh pastas are homemade. But we love pasta, he continues, and we put all our hearts into making them. And you can just tell. As we dive into the menu, the list of starters gets us super excited. From polpettine (9€), burrata, to whole pink prawns served with Vésuvio tomatoes (15€). We finally make up our minds for the small calamari with fennel, red onions, Sicilian lemon and basil (14€), with a sauce so good that we eat every last drop of it. And also for a Vitello Tonnato (12€), a good way to validate a classic. At this point, our expectations for the pastas that will follow are extremely high. The Caramelle, freshly made pasta filled with ricotta cheese, celery, 18-month Parma ham and crunchy walnuts, is crazy. So are the Pennoni a la salsiccia, with fennel, pink garlic, mascarpone and lemon zests (16€) – just perfect. We’re slightly disappointed though by the house wines, clearly not as exciting as the dishes. A good half of the menu changes about every month, a good reason to hurry to try it – and come back back super regularly too.