Brussels sprouted in Bangsar
The rest of Western Europe (aside from France, Germany, Spain and the UK) has been setting more plates in our restaurants over the past few years, and Belgium is definitely one of them. The ignorant traveller, within us are mostly grateful for 3 things about the nation: beer, chocolate and mussels, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Brux-Ale is a friendly outlet promoting Brussels warmth in a folk-like European decor; not too big, not too small and just perfect for an intimate dining and drinking experience.
Running true to its forte, only Belgian beers are available – half of which are first-timers in Malaysia – and without overcompensating with a long menu, their kitchen offers only the best of typical Belgian cuisine. They’re also one of the only two restaurants enlisted in The Brotherhood of The Golden Sabre, a worldwide society that promotes the 200-year old tradition of Sabrage (slicing champagne bottles open with a sabre) and the enjoyment of champagne. Talk about authentic!
Currently they only have Manneken Pils and Blanche de Bruxelles on tap. Bottled beers (RM22-RM29) include Hopus, Barbar with Honey, Zinnebir, Saison 1900 and the Blonde, Triple, Double and Prima Merlior of the Floreffe abbey-style ales range; fruity beers available are the Belgian Kriek (Cherry), Belgian Franboise (Raspberry) and Newton (Apple). New to Belgian beer? Go for their Special Tasting Pallet (RM39) that gives you a 150ml glass of White, Blond, Brown and Kriek beers together with a small bite.
The must-have Mussels Casseroles (all imported from Belgium and served with fries) in Mariniere, White Wine, Cream or Curry range from RM42-RM48, recommended together with white beers or wine. They don’t serve Belgian Waffles yet (gasp!) but the manager hopes to add them into the menu by early 2011.
4, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
12pm-12am from Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm on Mondays
Parking is always full around the area; expect to walk a little or opt for valet after 6pm, or park at Bangsar Village I or II up till 10.30pm
A mixture of locals and expats who love a different beer-drinking experience and of course – those Belgian Mussels
From 3pm-8pm, Manneken Pils goes for RM9 per glass and Blanche de Bruxelles is RM12 per glass or RM22 per pint