I love Brussels Bistro, Laguna Beach
Mr Ausfrench and the 2 petits Ausfrenches went for lunch today at Brussels Bistro. We've been meaning to go for ages and finally did it on a whim after spending the morning on the beach.
We both had too much Duvel and Leffe. So good.
To eat, we shared;
2 enormous bread baskets
saussice de Lyon with potatoes (this was the real deal with pistaschos...)
mussels in a cream sauce.
We ate almost everything. It was so good to have something authentically European in a pub-type atmosphere. Very relaxed. The service was good, very friendly.
Totally recommend it for a weekend lunch.
We love Brussels Bistro too! =) Thank you for putting Brussels Bistro on our radar; we went this weekend and had two moules frites (from a choice of six). One with cream/garlic and the other with wine/garlic. OMG...these were soooooo delicious. They came in a little pot FULL of plump, juicy, briney, flavourful mussels! They were so good, that with each bite, I'd say "mmmmm" (it couldn't be helped). The broth for both was perfectly creamy or winey. It was excellent--so much so that I wanted to pick up the pot and drink from it, but alas, I used the spoon and nearly finished the whole pot.
It was a complete meal. The thicker-cut frites were perfectly cooked, with a nice crunchy exterior and a very soft & warm interior, perfect for dunking in the broth. We also asked for dipping sauces and it came with three (ketchup, a mayo variation and another unidentifiable one) which were just okay. Although they were good, I couldn't finish them since I was full from the mussels & broth.
I'd put the moules/mussels a notch above the ones from Marche Moderne because of the quality of the mussels (and maybe quantity too) and the choices you have of the broth. However, the frites/fries I'd give to MM b/c I prefer skinny cut fries and their perfectly seasoned aioli is worth consuming on its own.
Oh, I forgot to mention service (b/c I was so engrossed in their food): it was attentive and helpful and just what it should be.
All told, the two moules frites, two beers after tax & 20% tip came to $80. Street parking is $1/hour (metered), but free after 19:00. We'll definitely return to try the other varieties.
Great place for moules frites! I would have liked a bit more cream in the sauce, but Mr Ausfrench thought they were perfect. Certainly the fries were the best I've had in the US, and they come with a delicious real homemade mayonnaise.
The are open most nights for dinner and weekends for lunch from 12pm.