Opened in 2006, Cook & Book is a new concept eatery & store from the creative minds of Deborah Drion and Cedric Legein. In Brussels, situated across the Woluwe-Saint-Lambert performing arts theater, and around its open air outdoors' performing center; this convenient location allows the merging of cultures, pleasure and gastronomy to interact easily and flawlessly.
Both a restaurant and a library, there is a total of 9 spaces one can choose from to sit down (inside or out) and enjoy eating fresh and simple foods and/or just relishing a glass of wine from their impressive wine bar. With a menu in French, Flemish and English as well as a section dedicated to books in English, Cook & Book is fast becoming an meeting place with an international clientele.
Cook & Book is very Belgian because it is first dedicated to European graphic novels (aka Bande Dessinees or 'BD') and mangas, then to childdren's books, art books, travel books, culinary books, decoration & living books, music ... and one can eat right smack in the center of all these individual sections, in dedicated sections of the space around these themes, and/or outside in one of the different terraces where you can even lounge when there is a ray of sun. There is also a really cool wine bar located in the music section.
Another wonderful thing about their location, concept and practicality of both the indoor and outdoor spaces is that there is always the room and possibility for some type of exhibition happening, performance, (book) fair, fashion shows, open air cinema and more ...
I invite you to check out their site and really taking the time to explore the different aspects they offer as pictures speak a thousand words ... and they were clever enough to design a site where pictures can't be copied and placed onto other people's blogs for example ... hum ...
I can't wait for someone to create this in LA - anyone - anyone?
PS: most of the pictures above were 'pick pocketed' from a fellow blogger (what??? - it was hard finding pictures of the place!!! ... I did this for you!). More details and pictures of the place, including the outside (which I purposely left out because it is not the greatest looking place ... aesthetically) at http://www.brusselspictures.com/tag/cook-book/
More info at http://www.cookandbook.be/
251 av. Paul Hymans