Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Pool Gate and Anarkali Restaurant - Brussels

After working hard for many weeks, and meeting our deadlines, it was time for our team to have a night out. Additionally, several team members are rolling off shortly (myself included) so this was one of the last times we would all be together.

We settled on playing pool so we trekked through the Parc Royal to Pool Gate on Chausée de Wavre. There was much whinging from theb Belgian contingent who were leaving their cars parked on the opposite side of the Parc, but little sympathy from shown to them from the ex-pats.

Pool Gate turned out to be quite a cool bar, featuring 5 pool tables, as well as comfortable leather armchairs. The decor is reminiscent of a gentleman's club and we quickly settled in at two tables for a mini-tournament. Turns out that the database geeks are fairly handy pool players with a pretty decent standard across the board. Personally, I was worried that the corrective surgery on my eye would have affected my pool playing, but I can gladly report that all errors and missed shots were entirely due to myself.

Following the pool-sharking, we headed along to Anarkali Indian restaurant, which features an all you eat buffet for €17 (or €28 with alcoholic drinks included). There were a huge amount of chafing dishes on show with plenty options, but to be honest I found the food lacklustre. The food wasn't spicy in the slightest and sauces were slightly watery. However, the staff were excellent and friendly, and if you were after value for money, then this place definitely does that.

Pool Gate, Chausée de Wavre 100, 1050 Bruxelles (Elsene)

Anarkali, Rue Longue-Vie 31, 1050 Bruxelles (Elsene)

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