This bar is a fairly standard Brussels café. It’s located in the European Quarter, near the European Commission Berlaymont building and the European Council Justus Lipsius building (not near the European Parliament). It’s also situated just under the building in which I used to work, so I frequented it pretty regularly.

Fortunately, then, it has a good range of beers, including one of my favourites – Charles Quint rouge (8%) – and friendly staff. Food is Belgian fare, and starts at around €16, rising for special cuts of meat. The menu varies, but usually has pasta, salads, fish and meat dishes. When you buy drinks, as is common in Belgian bars, they usually bring you a little snack, here often rice crackers or Bombay mix.

Address: Avenue d’Auderghem 4, 1040 Bruxelles

Telephone: +32 2 230 22 32

Website: http://brasserie1898.eresto.net

Directions: Schuman Metro (line 1 or 5). It’s just off the roundabout. Usually gaily lit. Has yellow and plain concrete barrier on the road in front of it due to its location under the UK embassy.

(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)

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