Au Vieux Saint-Martin

Posted by Bruxelles la Belle on January 7, 2014 in City Centre, Drink, Eat, Sunday |

Au vieux smA brasserie on Sablon, open since 1968 and a menu featuring the very best of Belgian food. Add great service, a bit of a nostalgic vibe and Belgian artwork on the walls … and you get Au Vieux Saint-Martin.

The house speciality is ‘filet américain’, made with the original recipe from the 1920s, invented by the chef’s grandfather. It comes with hand chopped fries and homemade mayonnaise, and as you could have guesses, is an absolute treat.

Other classics include vol-au-vent (chicken stew in a creamy sauce), rabbit in cherry beer and sausages and potato mash. All served on a plate with the brasserie’s logo. It’s a small touch, but just like everything else at Au Vieux Saint-Martin, it makes the difference.

We arrived around 20.00 on a Saturday evening. The place was packed and we were after a table for eight. Making reservations is impossible, but the staff are used to the hustle and bustle, and managed to free a large table within fifteen minutes. We spent that time sipping a drink at the bar, with a view on the kitchen.

We all chose something different to eat, but everything arrived at the same time. Our wine glasses were topped every now and again, and waiters came to check if everything was ok. That’s good service!

With the average dish costing over 20 euro, the food at this brasserie is more expensive than elsewhere. But in my opinion, it was all very much worth it.

38 Grand Sablon, open every day from 10.00-00.00 (kitchen opens at 12.00)

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