In the countdown to Christmas (I swear it was March just yesterday!) we want to share with you one more favourite local restaurant – Pin Pon. We have been regulars since the day it opened and granted it took us a while to make the name ‘connection’ … but besides language ‘issues’, it’s been our local hang out ever since.
The story so far
Pin Pon has been a fixture of ours since we passed by Jeu de Balle and saw this new red restaurant sign. Not being that fluent in ‘toddler’ French at that stage the whole pin-pon connection passed us by … but we eventually got it: the gorgeous building where the restaurant is located, used to be an old fire station. And you guessed it, pin-pon is the noise firetrucks ‘make’ in French (nee-naw translated).
The building already oozes character. The Jeu de Balle is a major favourite. Placing a trendy restaurant spread across two floors and two wings is all we were missing. We loved it at first sight! Helped of course by the touch of Thomas Carton and Charles Reboulet (of bakery Charli). Adding to this, the food and wine menu is supervised by Philippe Emanuelli, of Cafe des Spores which is another ‘local’ we absolutely love. Yes, we are pretty spoiled in Saint Gilles.
The first few times we went the menu followed an interesting concept – one ingredient, 3 ways – starter, main and dessert. Last time we had dinner at Pin-Pon the menu was a bit more classic though, with a choice of starters (croquettes, terrines etc all around 14e), mains (americain, fish & chips etc all around 18e) and desserts (chocolate mousse, cheesecake etc all 6e).
Cheap it is not, but the food never disappointed. Neither did the bread (naturally, as it comes from Charli) nor did the house beer (brewed by Brasserie de la Senne) or the wines (provided by Titulus). Yes, it all sounds like a little Brussels foodie club … but it’s a good club to belong to!
Service with a smile
As the staff practically knows us by now by name … we always had great service. But even without the foodie link, yes, service is young, prompt, and pleasant.
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