BRUSSELS: Hockey is big in Belgium. After all the Red Lions, as the Hockey team is called are the current World Champions.
A brand new address in Brussels that has just opened just off Place St Job in Uccle by Olivier and Catherine Lust, the owners of a gastronomic restaurant in Lasne called La Ligne Rouge.
Teddington is housed inside a former printing press just off Place St Job, Uccle. The square in Uccle is at the crossroads of four of the commune’s four hockey clubs and just a few 100 metres away from Royal Racing Club Brussels.
Olivier has played hockey for more than 40 years. He and his wife have decided to call the restaurant Teddington, reminiscent of the English city where the foundations of hockey were created. In addition to the name of the new bar and bistro, the atmosphere of the old printing press has been maintained with the combination of wood, metal and old bricks and this is enhanced by black and white photographs of the main players of the Belgian national hockey team which have been photographed in an original way. The large central bar will add a bit more of the cosiness of a sports club.
The cuisine is that of a brasserie, with dishes to share, locally brewed beers and other delicacies from the grill.
The menu has been created by Benjamin Laborie, the chef of La Ligne Rouge, a one Michelin star restaurant owned by the same couple. There are a few dishes that he are reminiscent of his career path and which certainly fit better in the bistro than in the gastronomic restaurant in Lasne. Among the dishes to share are his eggs with mayonnaise, an onion soup as a tribute to his father who was born in the Haute Savoie or Basque calamari, a recipe he received from the mother of one of his former Basque girlfriends when he worked at Michel Guérard. On the menu there are also Aubrac meat, basque meats and fresh sardines.
They will be using the grill to cook poultry, ducks and other feathered game in season or even larger pieces of meat on the spit for larger tables.
The daily management of the kitchen is entrusted to Giovanni Coniglio who has already worked in a number of restaurants in Walloon Brabant and Brussels.
Teddington: Chaussee St Job, 666, Uccle. Open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.