It’s my dad’s birthday and we decided to try out Brussels Sprouts for some Belgian food. It’s been six months since our visit to Belgium, and we were craving Moules Frites (mussels and fries). Rollmops ($12) - Marinated Herring with Onion and Apple Salad. A delicious appetiser and a must try if you’ve never had pickled herring on toast before. Just the right dish to whet our appetites, slightly acidic yet sweet.
Moules Marinière ($38.50) - Mussels with white wine, cream, butter, celery, onion, parsley. This dish comes with free flow of fries. There were more than 20 types of broth from to chose from (clear, cream, or asian) and we finally decided to go with the Marinière which has a cream base. We ordered the main size mussels and shared it among the four of us as a side. The mussles were fresh and juicy and surprisingly tasted better than the ones we had in Belgium. There were also stewed veggies in the dish although you can’t see it in the photo.
We also tried some of the Belgian beers, but it was quite difficult to choose from over a hundred beers in the menu! We were pleasantly surprised with the fantastic service here, as one of the crew members came over to the table when he saw me struggling with the varied choices, and recommend a beer based on my taste. Very impressed with the proactive service and product knowledge of the staff.
Duck Confit ($30) with Kriek Beer and Griottes Cherries – All the mains we had were pretty good, but the duck confit was my favourite. The duck was marinated well, tender, and melted in the mouth. The tanginess of the cherries complemented the duck and roasted vegetables perfectly.
Lapin Aux Pruneaux ($28) - Braised Rabbit with Prunes in Brown Sauce. Rabbit is not very common in Singapore, and quite difficult to come by, so we had to order it when we saw it on the menu. Very authentic dish and tasted just like the one we had in Belgium. The sauce is rather rich and the prunes complemented the rabbit and sauce well.
Petit Sale ($24) - Grilled Pork Belly served with Red Wine Sauce and Daily Stoemp. The pork belly was grilled to perfection and melted in the mouth. I must say though that the portion is quite large for the average asian diner.
All-in-all, a very pleasant dining experience and would say that a visit to Brussels Sprouts is highly recommended if you want to enjoy great service, as well as some authentic Belgian food and beers! My parents were also raving about the food and about how they were planning to bring their friends here next time. However, if you do plan to visit, remember to make a reservation as the place is packed most of the time.
My ratings – Food: 9/10. Service: 10/10. Ambience: 8/10. Value for money: 8/10. More info about the place at www.brusselssprouts.com.sg.