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Brussel's Bistro - Laguna Beach

kc girl | May 25, 200411:47 AM

Started at Laguna Village Cafe for lunch and as much as I have liked this place for view and a few menu items, I was disappointed with their salmon "bisque" or "chowder" and their crab cakes (pretty close to the worst I have ever had - but I have had them at Bayside and the Studio at Montage) Anyway, the view and company was good. Best panoramic ocean view in town (if you can find a table on the patio!). We were a little late (1:40?) to eat at Claes that closes at 2pm and on Sundays and reopens at 5 pm. So, the Cafe it was.

Then, dessert at Brussel's Bistro was sensational! (would have eaten there, but parking was a zoo. Ended up walking from Laguna Village Cafe)

I ordered Pain perdu aux pommes caramélisées (Belgian Toast with caramelized apples). This would be a great sweet breakfast with one of their many coffee drinks (with liquours), but they don't open until 11 am. Couldn't finish it all. The Beligian toast was thin sliced, and maybe even fried in butter (much like French Toast). Slightly cinnamon, carmalized apples stuffed between like an apple sandwich. They can improve on their vanilla ice cream, but the whip cream on the plate was a fine subsititute.

Friend ordered the Tarte au sucre tiède et sa boule de glace moka (Warm sugar tart served with a scoop of coffee ice cream) I was offered a taste and had more than one. Very richly sweet, very creamy, very "out of this world" like the menu says (see dinner menu for desserts). Skipped on the coffee ice cream, though.

They had a separate dessert menu that included their splendid choice of liquored coffee drinks, but I don't see that on the website. Great choice for a sweet treat from Brussels.


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