I spent all week struggling to say the name… Britxos … a delightful little bar that serves some tasty nibbles in St Gilles… an offering of British and Pintxos (tapas in Basque) – and finally – back to the point, it is pronounced “Brit-ch-os”
Now I can sleep properly 🙂
Britxos is the little sibling of LaBritannique (the catering company) – they say “little brother”… but I say “why not little sister?” 🙂 With menu’s on the wall (yes yes… the walls are painted black and all available sandwiches, soups, drinks, tapas etc are written on the wall in multi coloured chalk), so it isn’t hard to fall in love with this place.
The crown symbol that is now the logo of all things Britxos is actually the crown of King George VI, originally found on the *Keep Calm and Carry on* posters from WWII. The crown symbolises not only the inspiration from the British Monarchy – but also the influences of Spain – which can clearly be seen in the foodie offerings.
Sarah, HIM and I headed down to visit them one cold (yet sunny) Sunday afternoon. (Here I have to note, that they host an infamous Brunch every Sunday – either with English or Hispanic influence… with 2 sittings (11h00 & 13h30)… and offer 4 courses with or without bottomless house wine (who would ever go for the former????) for the crazy low price of 20€ or 27€ (the latter refers to the unlimited house wine!!) CHA CHING!)
I digress (as per usual)…. we decided on a few tasty treats to share (because the best part of tapas is the incredible ability to try multiple dishes without breaking the bank!). And the first plate out of the kitchen was the Agra (Vegetable samoosa’s with a sweet chilli style dipping sauce)… these were really yummy, but my only feedback was that they were more of a phyllo pastry triangle than a traditional samoosa like I am used to)
Next up was Chilli Poppers – not actually on the menu but unfortunately the Spinach and Gorgonzola Cheesecake item wasn’t available. These medium-sized green chilli’s were deseeded (somewhat) and filled with blue cheese and then covered in a delicious crispy crust. All I can say is that these warmed my heart… and my mouth! WOW… I love spicy – so this really hit the spot!
In true Spanish style – we had to order the Zaragoza (Patatas bravas with 3 sauces – ketchup, curry and garlic mayo)
And finally – the true FINALE… the Old MacDonald’s Farm Large meat platter…. with amazing Hungarian Salami, Foie gras speculoos terrine, Irish Pastrami, etc etc… YUMMY!
Would I go back again? Yupp – They have Monday night Jazz nights, Friday Gourmet dinners and Sunday brunch… so much more to try out!
address: Rue de Savoie 13, 1060 Saint Gilles, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 2 613 4890
Opening Hours: Monday: 17h00-23h00, Tuesday: 10h00-23h00, Wednesday-Saturday: 10h00-00h00 and Sunday: 10h00-19h00