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In my books there’s nothing better than an evening well spent with friends around tapas and wine. Having already spotted the best wine bars in Brussels where I go quite often, it’s always nice to discover new favourites. This was exactly the case with El Vasco, a cosy tapas bar in the area of Chatelain.

Located not too far from some of my favourite spots in Brussels, like Notos, West End and Knees to Chin, this little intimate spot is a real Basque gem. The owners of El Vasco, who come from the north of Spain, have created a little corner of home in Brussels. El Vasco offers tapas, the ever popular “pintxos” in the Basque Country, accompanied by Spanish wine. Have a look at the displayed selection and choose between serano ham, foie gras, olives, empanadas, chorizo, grilled marinated aubergines and artichokes, stuffed red peppers and many more. The end result is a little plate of heaven!

During lunch time El Vasco also offers sandwiches with the bread of your choice and filled with regional products, like Serrano ham, piquillos or bonito (Spanish tuna) – perfect for a quick meal that doesn’t involve pre-packaged salads and sandwiches. The service is friendly yet discrete, so don’t hesitate to ask questions about the food or wine. On every single visit I also end up purchasing a few goodies from the epicerie – basically a wall filled with both Spanish and French delicacies and a few wine labels, which is great if you also enjoy tapas at home

El Vasco is the kind of place where you bring your colleagues for an after-work apero, your friends for a relaxed evening filled with nibbles and wine or your loved one for an intimate degustation of Spanish tapas. On a warm, go early and grab a seat on their small terrace, which is great for people watching. One word: bliss!

Address: Rue du Page 34, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 5389699

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