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3 Fonteinen

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Nostalgists of all kinds, you have arrived at your destination: at 3 Fonteinen, there’s more than just beer that’s being brewed – there’s all that history too! Or rather, the Debelder family’s, who have been in this gray stone building since 1953 ever since Gaston and Raymonde expanded the business here. And while Herman Teirlinck was reinventing Dutch-language literature from the rustic dining room, sons Guido and Armand, future founders of the gueuze brewery, were learning to assemble lambics. Fast-forward to 2023, and you’ll find Trees Vergels cooking in the kitchen, with back-up from her son Thomas Debelder. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, especially when it spins so well: comforting homemade shrimp croquettes; a homely, syrupy gueuze stew with potato and baby vegetables; freshly-chopped steak tartare served with fritjes; endive gratin that taste like passing time and the modernity of things that do not change; and Brussels waffle to keep the little ones happy. // Sugar Kowalczyk

FEELING THIRSTY? Got any more silly questions? Rare Boon Apogée (€65 for 750 ml), Muscar-elle from Lambiek Fabriek (€26), or the memorable Schaerbeekse Kriek 2015 by 3 Fonteinen (€65).

PRICE: Starters €5.50 to €18, mains €22-33, kids’ menu €8.5 to €12, desserts €6-10.

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