Café Winok

Café Winok Restaurant (Brussels)

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Is it a bar? A canteen? A coffee shop? Or a hangout for friendly dogs and their owners? Just a ball’s throw away from Josapaht Park, Winok got its name from (ex-sales rep at Éthiquable) Nicolas Clarebout’s faithful furry companion and marked its territory in what used to be L’Espérance (exposed brick walls, terrazzo floors, huge windows). It’s the perfect spot for chilling out after gobbling down a mixed veg crepe stuffed with roast broccoli, butternut and sunchoke; a toasted ham and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg – the holy trinity; or a traditional country sausage served with gratin dauphinois, romanesco broccoli in olive oil and salad. Their specialty? The Congolese and Indonesian coffee roasted in house by Nicolas, perfect for a caffeine hit throughout the day, from morning (with a salted dark chocolate cookie) till night, after a few small plates that are impossible to resist: seasonal veg tartare, roast potatoes and tomato mayo, toast with parsley pesto and mozzarella… Hot dawg! // Alain Maes

FEELING THIRSTY? Get a bowlful of Smile kombucha on tap (€4.50), homemade lemonade or ice tea (€3.60), and beers from Brasserie de la Lesse – including one at a thirst-quenching €2.20 for a half-pint. You can even buy coffee beans to brew on your own at home (€7.50 to €27 for a 250 g – 1 kg packet).

PRICE: Savory dishes €11-14, sweets €2.70 to €5.50 (during the day), brunch €19-25 (every day), small plates €5.50 to €7 (evenings).

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