Les Brassins

With a name like Les Brassins (The Brews), we had to visit this restaurant in Ixelles. An old sign against the wall facing the entrance promised us lambic by the pitcher, but unfortunately that was all it was: an old sign, amidst many other old beer commercials, not quite representative of the current beer offer… Luckily there were some other beers available — even some from the newest generation of Brussels breweries — and a baker’s dozen of meat dishes to choose from, some fish dishes, salads and pastas.

Distracted by the lambic sign, we somehow completely missed the beers of the month available at Les Brassins. Judging by recent Untappd checkins, they must have included some beers by De Dochter van de Korenaar, and some more recent ones by Brussels Beer Project — only their first, outsourced beer Delta appears on the menu. Instead, we opted for the Taras Boulba on draught — other draught choices would have been a Silly Pils or Caulier Blonde, both listed with an incorrect name on the menu — and a Jambe-de-Bois instead… Some of the other more interesting names on the menu are Cantillon, Dupont and De Ranke.

The food menu consists mainly of Belgian dishes, like the familiar stoemp, meatballs in tomato sauce, Flemish stew, and chicons au gratin, but also a couple of dishes like burgers, and swordfish steak. We had the latter, and from the  suggestions board — we didn’t miss that one — a lamb skewer. Both came with a serving of chips,  and a rather uninspired salad consisting of a couple of lettuce leaves and a tomato slice. Both the swordfish and lamb dish were fine, but nothing memorable, and for us — we were quite hungry — a bit on the small side.

The place seemed to be quite popular with an international crowd though — EU staff and tourists — but it being located in a street with no other bars or shops nearby, you can’t help wondering how they ever found it.




  • 3 beers on draught
    • Taras Boulba
  • A rather classic list of bottles beer, but including some of the newer breweries
    • Brasserie de la Senne: Jambe-de-Bois & Zinnebir
    • Brussels Beer Project: Delta


  • A large selection of Belgian dishes


Les Brassins
Rue Keyenveldstraat 36
1050 Elsene
+32 2 512 69 99


What have people been drinking here recently?