The Bois de la Cambre is to us Bruxellois what Central Park is to the New Yorkers : the place we go on hot summer week-ends, on sunny autumn Saturday mornings, when its lawn is covered in snow and its ponds are frozen, or to enjoy the first rays of the Belgian spring sunshine.
People head there to meet friends, spend some time alone, sport, walk the dog… and of course, to have a nice family time : the kids learn cycling/roller-skating/scootering, feed the ducks, watch the dogs spring in the pond (I always wonder whether it really was their owner’s goal) and make instant friendship by stealing some other little one’s ball.
In short, at noon, everybody is starving, and waiting to get back home to feed the little stomachs is not quite a satisfying option.
Fortunately, it is possible to grab a bite on the spot.
But since almost a year now, there is another restaurant in the Woods : la Brasserie de la Patinoire opened its doors again.
Nested at the entrance of the Bois de la Cambre, the Brasserie is, as its name suggests, close to the skating rink where children can rollerskate from spring to autumn (I hear an ice rink will be installed in the winter !).
There is also a playground next to it, and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons the kids can even take a poney ride.
The food is delicious and generous. A bit pricey, though, and as you can only eat ‘à la carte’, I would reserve the 3 course meal for special occasions. They propose several typical Belgian Brasserie meals (stoemp, vol-au-vent and delightful shrimp croquettes…), but also some more elegant dishes and tasty salads. Oh, and of course, some children dishes.
The service is excellent and very attentive to the kids.
In other words, it is the perfect spot to spend a relaxing outdoor family lunch on a sunny day !
But the Brasserie can also host more sophisticated dinners in its dimly lit interior, for example after a show in the neighbouring Théâtre de Poche or before a dancing evening in the yuppy Jeux d’hiver… !
Something for every taste, thus.