Le Wine Bar des Marolles is one of our ultimate favourite restaurants … so it was high time to share a detailed review of this great Brussels restaurant here on the blog.
The story so far
Vincent Thomaes, the face behind the restaurant is a trained sommelier, but not only. He has a Michelin background, he cooks, he loves art, he loves hospitality. All these qualities come beautifully together in Le Wine Bar des Marolles. Opened first in Sablon the restaurant moved closer to Jeu de Balle, the heart of art galleries in Brussels, and is now located on Rue Haute. Next door, an extension of the restaurant opened recently which also doubles up as a fine food and wine epicerie.
I don’t even remember when and how we first came across Le Wine Bar des Marolles. It must have been on our weekend walks along Rue Haute, when we first spotted this ‘new’ restaurant. We knew of Vincent and his Sablon restaurant, but never went to the former address. Yet when we saw the inside of the restaurant we were immediately lured to go in. Naturally, just our luck the restaurant was fully booked for lunch. It took another trial and error till we got the message – call and reserve!
The restaurant feels like walking into someones’ lovely stately house living room. Grand paintings combined with modern chandeliers, tables for two but also tables for 10, and an inviting and cozy atmosphere. All the restaurant is missing in the winter is an open fire and a Grand Dane. Plus, and that is a great bonus, Vincent is always present. Either behind the bar, or talking to customers, or serving and explaining the dishes in more detail to his trusting clientelle.
Oh the food! We cannot rave enough about the food. Given that by now we have been there on a date night; taken Brussels friends for dinner; taken London friends for dinner; returned just the two of us (again!) … kind of proves Le Wine Bar des Marolles is doing something right. The menu changes constantly so we never had the same things twice. We have tried fresh seasonal summer food. We have tried rich hearty winter food. We have tried game. The wine menu, suggesting over 400 references across Europe and beyond is worth the visits alone. We always trusted Vincent’s recommendations or those of his staff, and have not been disappointed. The food is delicious without trying too hard, which explains also why so many – Brussels residents, regulars, expats and tourists – bookmark and reserve a table at Le Wine Bar des Marolles.
Service with a smile
Always. Hospitality is in Vincent’s blood and we have always felt super welcome, given the right advise, entertained by staff jokes, and enjoyed the overall buzz that is always present at Le Wine Bar des Marolles.
Guess it goes without saying it – bookmark this Brussels address, and if you haven’t been yet try it out as soon as you get a table. For those of our readers visiting Brussels, we strongly encourage you to add this restaurant to your musts in Brussels and dine at Le Wine Bar des Marolles. Enjoy! And let us know what you thought of our favourite restaurant.
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