Hello December! With the game season in full swing and as it is getting a bit colder we decided it is time to open ‘our’ game restaurant season. Of course the next question immediately is: where to go? Usually we head for a long weekend to Durbuy but this year we decided to give Brussels a try. Enter Au Repos des Chasseurs.
Why Au Repos des Chasseurs? Because it is one of the many restaurants which offer a gastronomic menu with matching wines part of Wonderbox. Granted, deciding which restaurant to choose from the ones which collaborate with Wonderbox put our negotiating skills to the test. Should we go for an Italian? More exotic and try an Asian restaurant? What about the Belgian brasserie we always wanted to visit? Game on.
If you follow me on Instagram then you have practically lived the dinner with us on InstaStories. Much to the occasional ‘hrumph’ of my husband … but he got into the game (!) too. Au Repos des Chasseurs started its restaurant activities at the beginning of the 19th century. The restaurant still keeps an old fashioned charm about it and is a long standing favourite with the Brussels residents of Watermael-Boitsfort. I can see why it works, but I would also think a bit (tiny bit) of updating of decor and food would not go amiss.
When we called to book our table, the restaurant asked us to confirm our Wonderbox code, which really made the whole dinner experience very smooth. Seated at a very strategically placed table (the blogger in me … snap, snap), we started our dinner. Would you like the house aperitif? Check. Would you like to consult the menu? Yes, please. Here I must say that at first we were a bit sceptical on what Wonderbox would ‘allow’ us to order, but it turns out we could order the Menu du Patron (41,50e) which comes with all the bells and whistles. On top of this, we also had a bottle of wine included and the maître d’ offered us several possibilities – we could combine 1/2 white and 1/2 red, or share a full bottle. We chose option one – white to go with the starters and red with the meat.
Our starters were a bit of hit and miss. The foie gras, which I was so much looking forward to, was a bit too cold and the toast a bit too burned. Pity, as I am sure the dish could have been very tasty. The grilled oysters however were really tasty. Then we arrived at the dishes we came to Au Repos des Chasseurs for – the game. My husband had the hare, I had the ‘festival de gibier’ – game selection – and both were delicious!
Yes, presentation of the food is a bit a la 70s … but the food was tasty. The service was friendly and in the end we enjoyed our dinner very much. The best part of this? Without Wonderbox I don’t think we would have ventured this far out in Brussels to eat. Which proves that, offering or receiving a Wonderbox does push you to think a little bit outside … the box. I had to!
All in all a very nice discovery of Au Repos des Chasseurs. Have you been?
I would like to extend our thanks to Wonderbox for inviting us to discover their concept and to Au Repos des Chasseurs staff for hosting us and dealing with our endless questions and cameras with grace.
Disclaimer: as always, all opinions written are our own.
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