There's something about the St.Gilles area of Brussels that reminds me of Montmartre. Perhaps it's the eerily atmospheric streetlighting and cobblestones, but I certainly wouldn't say the buildings are similar. Anyway, wandering the streets I managed to lose my way (something I find easy to do in St.Gilles!) By a roundabout route I did make it to Chez Moeder Lambic, nestled in the shadow of the impressive Maison communale.
I was meeting a party of rowers, discerning consumers of good Belgian beer. There's a good selection listed on blackboards and you can order portions of cheese too. On a Friday evening, finding sufficient bench space to park ourselves proved difficult, and getting served from the tantalising beer selection took some perseverance. Don't let that put you off: come on a weekday evening and take your time savouring a Christmas beer. In fact although the place is tiny, it's well worth forgoing a seat there at any time.
Afterwards we headed out for dinner at a restaurant called La Cigale, where I sampled a Super des Fagnes beer. Keep an eye out for that one: apparently you won't find it very often in Brussels.
By the way, losing your way in St.Gilles is definitely to be recommended. You'll come across interesting art nouveau architecture and perhaps a window display like this one. I think it's a tasteful snowglobe - others may disagree!
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