The Black Sheep

Posted by Bruxelles la Belle on November 3, 2014 in Burgers, Drink, Eat, Ixelles, Sunday |

The Black SheepWhen choosing a bar for a night out, the same issue always pops up: the girls want a place where they have decent wine and cocktails, and the boys need an extensive beer menu. The Black Sheep behind Place Flagey has got both, and serves a mean burger to boot.

I’ve visited The Black Sheep a couple of times now, and I felt a post was needed as the place got better every time.

On my first visit, my friends and I were after some comfort food and drinks on a rainy Sunday afternoon. We picked The Black Sheep, but had no idea what to expect. It’s definitely not your average English/Irish pub with wood cladded walls, carpet floors, Guinness memorabilia and ‘The Wild Rover’ songs. The place is quite large actually, with seating available for just over 100 people at the same time. There’s a very large bar with well stocked fridges ( a varied choice of Belgian craft beers, the Brewdog UK range and much more). And, you can pay by card (hurray for that!)

First time there, we went for Fish & Chips and a cocktail (or a fancy beer for the men). It did the trick. The place wasn’t very busy, but the staff were great, the cocktails were spot-on and the bill not too expensive.

One of the next visits was a Friday night. A completely different scene, with people dancing and very busy bar tenders. One of them suggested making me a ‘Tiramisu Martini’, which basically is a liquid dessert with cold coffee, cream and a fair bit of alcohol. Bonkers, but so good.

Our last visit definitely was the best one. Lured in by a new menu featuring burgers, chicken and fish and chips, my friends and I planned another trip on a Sunday evening. The ladies ordered cocktails (try the Bramble with gin and berry liqueur, 7,5 euro), the boys went for beers (try the Paix Dieu beer (10%), only brewed when there’s a full moon) and we ordered a platter of starters as well. Served on a wooden board, we got tempura vegetables with homemade dips, nacho crackers with cheese and mozzarella bread. The Black Sheep has a new chef who loves to make everything himself, which is great (and absolutely an upgrade from the usual pub grub).

We all ordered burgers (priced around 12 euro). The new menu has amongst others a classic version, the Ring of Fire (with chorizo) and the Jack Daniels (with whiskey marinated beef and bacon). Choosing is losing, and we all ended up with a different one. The buns (classic or rustic) were made with the chef’s own recipe and so was the meat. And the chips deserve a few lines of attention as well: they’re something in between potato wedges and french fries, deep fried in beef fat. Best (pub) fries ever!

To round up our greasy (but tasty!) Sunday, we got dessert as well. Vanilla ice cream fried in an oreo biscuit crust, a Ferrero Rocher mini muffin and a shot of Tiramisu Martini (hello again!). A bit much, but if you’re testing a new menu, you might as well do it right …. and we’ll definitely do it again.

Extra credits go to manager Chris and his team for making us feel very welcome and helping us pick the right food and drinks, the chef for choosing to make everything himself, and the playlist of the evening featuring a lot of Oasis.

Note: I snapped some pictures, but the evening light really didn’t do the food any justice.

Note2: Check The Black Sheep’s Facebook page for updates on parties, comedy nights, the new menu and much more.

8, Chaussée de Boondael, open Wed-Thu 17.00-01.00, Fri-Sat 17.00-03.00 and Sun 17.00-00.00



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