For dinner in Brussels we sought out Spinnekopke for some lambic cooking... on draught is 3 Fonteinen Faro (very dark brown sugar appearance, which seemed different from the version at the brewery), as well as bottled 3F Oude Gueuze. The meal was rabbit in lambic for my wife, and stouflees cooked in gueuze for myself, along with salad and frites. It was a lot of food, actually, more than I could finish, and was undoubtedly good, but I think maybe both of us ordered something good but not great. I look forward to eating here again, but perhaps I missed out on the magic of this place. Still, few complaints - good food, good beer, the waiters were curt but not impolite, and the coffee to finish the meal was nice as well. The large outside seating area is very nice.
Inviting aromas as soon as I entered the restaurant. I had a lovely meal and the mussels in Maredsous cream sauce was delicious. 3 Fonteinen lambic on draught is the clincher. Staff were attentive, friendly and treated me well. Meal portions were moderate but filling. Fine experience and well worth visiting at least once.
A nice quaint Belgian restaurant with wonderfully prepared food and quick service. The beer list is small and mostly Belgian with some craft selections alongside the more mainstream beers we have grown to know so well.
Great traditional atmosphere and very interesting beer cooking with a limited but thrilling selection of beers. Get the draught lambics and the local beers which you have never had that the waiter recommends. The food is traditional, plentiful, and tasty. Be sure to try the beer sorbet sampler: mine had Maredsous 8, real lambic Kriek, and Betchard Blonde. Amazing. Last time we went (Aug 11), they were out of half the beers on the menu...points taken off.
A short-walk from Fontainas lies this spectacularly old restaurant, the kind of which where many things are too small for modern humans. Many rooms with old mirrors and very old wooden furniture. Feeling a bit basementy, you would not necessarily feel very comfortable here with as a bunch of loud guys. Very traditional approach to cuisine and service, the waiters finishing the meals in the dining room which you dont see anywhere nowadays. The traditional Belgian food was excellent, I had a great waterzooi. You pay a small premium for being in such an old place though. They have their own range of beers, rather typical yeasty Belgian stuff brewed in Payottenland if I understood correctly and above that, a solid list of bottles is available, probably not top 10 in Brussels though, but not quite worth pulling you in only for the list. Youd come to see the place and eat and would enjoy great beers as a bonus. Nice historical or even institutional experience, but I did not feel the same passion nor warmth than in Restobičres.
Very atmospheric but they no longer have draft geuzes - boon & Drie Fonteinen in bottles only which seemed to be out of stock. I popped in between lunch and dinner so food was out but I could enjoy a beer with the place all to myself so service was fine.
2008-02-28. Atmosphere is much nicer than I had pictured, its actually a very nice, romantic restaurant - take note if you are dragging your significant other along on your beer adventures, they should like this place a lot! Food was superb. We ordered a cheese fondue and were a bit surprised when we got what we later figured out were cheese croquettes. After our initial puzzlement we realized that they were simply awesome, and the best of the trip as it turned out. Highly recommended. I had lapin a la gueze which was lovely, though I kept forgetting it was not chicken. Mabel had pork medallions in a delicious beer sauce. Beer list is good though not extensive. The draft lambic and faro was the highlight, but there are nice trappists and others on their bottled list. Service varied from excellent to a bit abrupt depending who you were dealing with.
French bistro décor. Chairs and tables are very small and low which make them uncomfortable. A bit too clustered. 6 taps including 2 Cantillon. About 100 or so bottles on the menu (average for a good Belgium restaurant). Some good selection (Carolus, Mortal, etc.) but they were out of all the good stuff I wanted. Not updating the beer menu seems to be a Belgium (mainly Brussels) tradition. I didnt eat there but from what I could see the food was upscale but a bit $. Recommended for a nice diner but not worth adding to a pub-crawling itinerary. May I suggest the nice house beer Betchard which is exclusively brewed for this restaurant by Brasserie de la Senne (at least that was the case sept 2006).