Last year, one of my favorite, accidental, and off-the-map finds in Brussels was Chez Moeder Lambic up above the wonderful Parvis Saint-Gilles.
This year, I herded the cats again, this time to the Moeder Lambic's new downtown outpost -- Moeder Lambic Fontainas -- with 46 beers on tap.
It was empty.
"Sometimes you don't have to go to the perfect place,'' says the group buffoon. I wanted to punch him in the nose, only partially because he was right. Nothing deflates my balloon like bringing a gang of foodies to a place that looks like it might be a dud.
Despite the relatively flashy look -- at least compared to their, er, Moeder ship -- selection and service are impeccable. There are scads of Cantillon beers on tap (MMMM!!!!) and even the younger members on the staff know their product cold. Even the buffoon can?t flap our waitress. Compared to what's available in the center of the city, this is a great addition.
Moeder Lambic Fontainas - MAP
Place Fontainas, 8-10
Photo by Joe Ray for the Boston Globe.
Posted by Globe travel correspondent Joe Ray, winner of the 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year award, who writes his own blog, Eating The Motherland, and contributes to the English language version of Simon Says, the French food and lifestyle blog run by French food critic Francois Simon. Twitter: @joe_diner