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Pop Up Sablon, Brussels

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September 19, 2016 / Belgian / By
Anna

Looks good enough to eat? Believe me, it was!

Having had enough of the bar area of Brussels on a recent trip, we decided to strike out for something more sophisticated.  We came across a delightful little square and chose a place called Pop-Up Sablon. There was nothing about it that suggested that it was in anyway temporary as the name suggests. In fact, the restaurant takes up two floors of a rather lovely old house. We were ushered to the second floor and seated in the window, which was just as well as it was a very hot evening and we needed the fresh air coming in through the window.

I would have preferred to have sat outside, but all the tables outside were full.  Upstairs there was just the two of us and a family with a young boy of about ten years old. They were sitting at the other table by the window, so quite close to us, and this allowed us to be party to the whole performance of trying to stop the young man's nose bleeding. I suspect this may have been brought on by the heat, but the parents were so cool and unperturbed about it that it cannot have been a rare event. Eventually, the mother took him off to cool him down with a splash of tap water. As The Tall Guy and I enjoy people watching, it added to our dining experience rather than detracted from it.

When the food arrived, it was very good traditional food; nothing spectacular: just good tasty meals. There were several tempting choices for meat and fish lovers, so of course I had fish and TTG had beef.

The vegetable selection that came with the fish impressed me as too. Often it is the vegetables that are given scant attention. This restaurant provided plenty of fresh vegetables, if a little over cooked.

And due to the heat, we indulged ourselves with a couple of delicious ice cream based deserts (see header and below), a rare treat. All washed down with a perfectly chilled white wine, it was a satisfying and entertaining night out in the Sablon district of Brussels.

There was one further treat on the way home. Until this particular evening we had found the shops of Brussels rather dull, but a curio shop filled with odd looking objects offered a lot to tempt me. Luckily, it was closed and by the next morning I had reminded myself that I already had far too much stuff squashed into my small townhouse, so we never did go back.

A little post-script to our night at Pop-Up Sablon: I've rated it as $$$ - fine dining, and indeed, that's probably a more accurate classification than Bistro/Cafe/Pub Grub etc, but the price was more $ 2½ - around €40 per person - a bit of a "night out" for us, but not at all excessive by big, north European city standards, especially given what we ate and drank.


Pop Up Sablon

Country: Belgium

Province/State: Brabant

City: Brussels

Address: Place du Grand Sablon 15-16 Grote Zavel

Zip/Post Code: 1000

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: 3225036570

Website:http://www.popupsablon.be...

Price Guide:$$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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