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Baker Charles Reboulet, the man behind Charli and one of the best bakeries in Brussels have joined forces with Thomas Carton to create Pin Pon, a modern cafe – restaurant just opposite the Place du Jeu de Balle.

Pin Pon is housed in an old fire station, so it’s no surprise that the decor has followed an industrial theme, reminiscent of the building’s history. The space is set up in different levels with the bar area on the ground floor, a wine bar on the mezzanine and the restaurant on the upper floor. The most striking feature of Pin Pon is the glass roof, which lets in abundant natural light. It’s really lovely to enjoy your meal or coffee while watching the flea market on the Place du Jeu de Balle and soaking up the sun! When it gets too warm though, the best option is to grab a table at their spacious terrace and enjoy a glass of Belgian beer.

The menu and wine selection are supervised by Philippe Emanuelli, the man behind Supersec and chef at the Café des Spores. The dishes are created on the basis of three different ingredients (typically, fish, meat and mushrooms) and change on a weekly basis depending on the season. The food is simple yet creative and delicious. The shirred eggs with truffle and grey shrimp (oeuf cocotte truffe et crevette grises) are one of the best things I’ve had lately and one of my favourite dishes for brunch! Quality comes at a price though but hopefully, this will improve over time along with the service which does get a little chaotic at times. Then again, after having a tarte citron from Charli for pudding, I can forgive anything! 

Address: Place du Jeu de Balle 62, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 5408999
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*UPDATE: Unfortunately, Pin Pon is now closed.*pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_01 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_02 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_03 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_04 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_05 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_06 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_07 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_08 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_09 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_10 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_11 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_12 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_13 pin_pon_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_14

Sandy (@smarksthespots)