Brassiere Beck, the sister restaurant from Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s, is home to a variety of quintessential Belgian food. Belgium’s most popular exports are steamed mussels, and Brassiere Beck offers an amazing selection of mussels, all of which are gluten-free!…
When you first step into the restaurant, your senses are instantly put into overdrive. Throughout the restaurant there are big, orange-glowing clocks that tell the time in cities such as Casablanca, Quebec, and Antwerp. These times are shown due to the chef’s affinity for these countries. As you walk to your table, you pass by a glass-walled kitchen. You can see the chef’s process behind creating all of the wonderful dishes Brassiere Beck has to offer.
The menu at Brassiere Beck is extremely gluten-free friendly. If a dish is not specifically gluten-free, the chef will try to work with you to create a gluten-free alternative that meets your wishes. When at a Belgian restaurant, I always recommend getting the mussels. At Brassiere Beck the mussels are served in a large flat pan whose lid is removed at the table, unleashing an overabundance of amazing smells. All the varieties of mussels at Brassiere Beck are gluten-free. I recommend Mediterranean Mussels, which are served with tomatoes, chorizo, and fennel. The mussels also come with Brassiere Beck’s incredibly addicting Belgian Frites. The frites are dusted with parsley and served with a trio of mayonnaise dips (plain, curry, and tomato.) The frites are fried in shared oil, therefore if you are sensitive be careful!
If you are not a seafood/mussel person, Brassiere Beck also offers salads that can be made gluten-free. The Warm Suckling Pig & Couscous Salad can be made gluten-free if you ask for no couscous. Although couscous seems like it would be one of the main ingredients since it is in the salad’s name, you are not missing anything without it. The harissa marinated Amish pork, sheep’s milk feta, and yogurt tahini vinaigrette create a unique flavor combination that is spicy yet sweet. The Roasted Chicken Breast Salad can also be served gluten-free if made without the crispy fried onions. This salad has hot house tomatoes, caramelized onions, and goat cheese.
Brassiere Beck is a go-to destination for gluten-free, Belgian food lovers. The staff at the restaurant was helpful in explaining what menu items were and could be made gluten free, and the chef even came out to assure us that being gluten-free would in no way hinder the Brassiere Beck experience. Come for the amazing mussels and stay for the trendy atmosphere.