Went to Brussel Sprouts to celebrate a friend's birthday. The place is opened by Emmanuel Strobant, the person behind Saint Peirre the celebrated French restaurant at UE Square. and this place didn't really fail either. The ambience was bright and cheery, featuring yellow pastels on the walls with interesting patterns. bar-like rattan seats. lifts the mood.
So I ordered some mussels (while koping some of my friend's mussels which were the those in the cream stock) - mine was with a tarragon cream base (friends like cream). Both were excellent. The mussels were albeit a bit small though but they were very fresh and sweet with none of that bad odour you normally associate with bad mussels. They were very succulent, without being too chewy with the flavour of the sea still identifiable - the sauce really soaked in all the lovely sea juices and was just a joy to drink, especially with bits of cream, celery, onions - woo hoo. Why can't I live in Belgium? Bleagh.
The frites that came with the mussels were free-flow so you could order them as much as you wanted - they were thickly cut - and somehow thickly cut fries dont really go that well with me i'd rather have it thin - but they were still fine . all good. (A bit more salt needed though - on hindsight).
Only gripe about the mussels is the price, seriously $38 for mussels is really pretty expensive, and $18 for just a small pot is not very worth it either.
Value for money: 6/10
My main course was outstanding, seriously. I ordered the duck confit, and the confit was really sizable (well i paid $30, it better be). The outside was nicely crisp and the confit, as all duck confits go, was deliciously salty, savoury, rich and tender, as all confits go - the kriek-soaked tomatoes at the side was a nice touch which cut through the richness of the confit. this was good. It better be good - i left no skin untouched, even though it was really unhealthy to eat confit, but well, duck confit is really a joy to eat if done right (i've tried the one at delifrance bistro, it was horrendously bad - it was uneatable).
Value for money: 6/10
had a glass of stella to go with it - should've tried the many beers they had. haha.
a bit expensive though. that meal cost me $50 per head.
Pros: Great belgian food, with alot of beer, especially if u're a beer lover
Cons: quite expensive