leon-de-bruxelles-7Leon de Bruxelles is very easy to find. It juts out in Cambridge Circus, at the end of  Shaftesbury Avenue, directly opposite The Palace Theatre.
First opened in Brussels in 1893, then in Paris in 1989, Northern France in 1995, and now London in 2012, it seats 220 diners, and specialises in mussels, chips and Belgian beers.
My feet were killing me after walking around London for several hours, and spotting its prominent green and white striped blinds, I gratefully crossed the road and went inside.
I was very thirsty, so I ordered a cherry beer as it sounded interesting, and I’d never heard of it before. It really was cherry coloured, fruity and refreshing!
leon-de-bruxelles-9My friend Andy turned up soon afterwards, and wondered what on earth I was drinking. He settled for a diet coke.
We ordered frogs’ legs with an apple mayonnaise as a starter. It was delicious. We could have done with a few more, but frogs’ legs are expensive.
I had mussels with Roquefort, in a sauce of white wine & crème fraîche with shallots & Roquefort cheese, and Andy had Provencale mussels, which was mussels in a tomato sauce with white wine, crème fraîche, garlic, basil & black olives.
Although Andy’s teetotal, he enjoys alcohol in food. Of course, the alcohol isn’t alcoholic any more when it’s been cooked.
This was accompanied by as many chips as we wanted.
leon-de-bruxelles-2As I’m allergic to chemicals and additives, I often can’t eat pre-packed or frozen chips because they’re treated with chemicals to stop them going black. And quite honestly, they usually don’t taste very nice either!
The waiter rushed off to check for me, and he said that they were frozen fresh without any additives. So I could enjoy chips with my mussels!
Gianni Antonio Albanese, the Assistant Restaurant Manager, told me that the mussels are sourced from various European countries, mainly Holland.
We decided to have a sweet course after a short rest. Andy had a crème brulee. He said it was wonderfully crunchy on the top and creamy inside.
leon-de-bruxelles-1I ordered the Crepes Suzette, but although the sauce was good, sadly I thought it was a bit rubbery.
Obviously in a restaurant as busy as Leon de Bruxelles, there has to be a lot of prepping to keep up with the demand, but I’d have been happy to wait for fresh pancakes, or they shouldn’t be on the menu.
All in all, the staff were absolutely faultless, friendly and attentive.
leon-de-bruxelles-3The seats are comfortable, and the décor is interesting, with Wee Boy statues in prominent places, of course! (The statues there are bigger than the original one!)
Leon de Bruxelles is a convenient landmark to pop in when I’m in that area, as I often am, but I wouldn’t make a special journey to eat there. I’d call in for a beer though. The selection is great. And of course as it’s in the heart of theatre-land and the service is quick, it’s perfect for a pre- or post-theatre meal and a drink.

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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.