Brussels Sprouts used to be this green porridge I got in boarding school in the UK. Not anymore.
It's a hip, happening place minus the pretention in a well groomed part of Singapore. Oh yeah, they're ALL well groomed. It IS Singapore after all. Where even the wet markets are well groomed.
Brussels Sprouts is situated at a place called The Pier @ Robertson alongside Laurent Bernard's, The Chocolate Factory. But more of that later.
As the sign says, their specialty is Beer and Mussels. But a Belgian restaurant you say? What IS Belgian food? Unfortunately, I haven't been able to pin it down yet but I must admit, right out of the gate, that if this is representative of Belgian food, I'm a convert.
In actual fact, Brussels Sprouts was not a random choice for dinner that night. We had just arrived in Singapore and Allan and heard from a long time (not "old") friend that she had opened a new restaurant in Singapore. While the surprise was that she had done this in Singapore, Monique is an old hand at running restaurants in KL. What was the surprise however, was who her partner was. Ever heard of the "Chef In Black?" Yup. Emmanuel Stroobant.
And Brussels Sprouts does.
It's a smart, casual, hang out joint which encourages people to stay back after dinner and enjoy their huge selection of beers.
I ordered a Raspberry Beer and had my first sip. It was everything I remembered it to be and very soon, I was staring regretfully at the bottom of my beer glass.
I loved the light conceptual graphic of the mussel and the to-the-point names for the menus. Eat. Drink. Reminiscent of 7atenine's 'Solids' and 'Liquids.'
After dinner, Monique had warned us, that there was a street magician ala Kriss Angel/David Blaine who would be entertaining. Visions of a tatooed goth swam before my eyes before Jack appeared.
As you can see, he is nothing like I imagined. Handsome to a fault with a body to match I could see my partner switch to flirt mode. Poor Jack might not have known what hit him. But he was thoroughly sporting as well as entertaining.
80 Mohamed Sultan Road
#01-12 The Pier @ Robertson