Knees to chin - Brussels

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Here is one of my latest discoveries Brussels, perfect in this summer season while everything we are looking for is a bit of fresh, exotic and healthy cuisine.

Here is Knees to chin, a small canteen preparing cold spring rolls right next to rue du Bailli.

Firstly, I adore the name “Knees to Chin”, as it refers to the position of the street eaters in Vietnam – my country – the “knees stuck to the chin,” devouring dishes sitting on their feet or on small chairs.

The place is small, cute and simple, perfect for a healthy lunch break, and offers various kinds of original rice paper rolls (scampi-mango, chicken-pear, duck-green apple, coco omelet-caramelized onions …).

I am personally a big fan of fresh spring rolls as I cook them very often and had the same kind of idea for my own restaurant concept. I can say Knees to Chin rice paper rolls are good and fresh, and although they are a little “plump” for my taste, they have the advantage of quickly satisfy my enormous hunger.

Lunch formulas (2 rolls + side + side or 3 rolls) are served from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm for € 8.50 and € 11.50.

I love:

  1. The original varieties of rice paper rolls, especially the coco omelet one;
  2. The assorted sauces that accompanied the rolls: peanuts, avocado, sesame, sweet chili…;
  3. That Knees to chin is open all afternoon long;

 I like less:

This is about Vietnamese little detail: spring rolls could be executed in a slightly more refined and visually attractive way for my taste.


Rue de Livourne 125
1050 Bruxelles, Ixelles
02 644 18 11
Open Monday to Saturday from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm

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Phone: +32 (0) 477 / 66.24.18


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