First Look: Tripel Brasserie Serves Belgian Beer and Fare in Lafayette Square

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Tomato stuffed with laughing bird shrimp | Mabel Suen
  • Tomato stuffed with laughing bird shrimp | Mabel Suen

Escargots, waterzooi and stoofvlees might sound a bit out there to most of us, but that's because Tripel Brasserie (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787) introduces a style of food that, until now, hasn't been fully addressed in St. Louis: Belgian cuisine, requisite with all the glorious beer.

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Tripel Karmeliet | Mabel Suen
  • Tripel Karmeliet | Mabel Suen

Tripel, named after one of the oldest styles of Belgian ale, opened in Lafayette Square on June 26 in the space previously occupied by Lafayette Fire Company No. 1. Developed by Max Crask, Jim Darst and Terry Oliver, Tripel attempts to channel an old-world European vibe with the low-key sheen of a modern brasserie. The design of ornate, antique glasses and woodwork hails from the '20s and '30s.

The menu at Tripel | Mabel Suen
  • The menu at Tripel | Mabel Suen

Chef Crask brings his nose-to-tail cooking experience from operating at the helm of the Dubliner to the table, featuring old-style plate-ups on antique china. Aside from the waterzooi and stoofvlees (both are varieties of regional stews), expect dishes like steak tartare and mussels from Maine prepared in a variety of different options such as with blue cheese and calvados. Crask, who spent some time living in France and also traveled to Belgium to research the cuisine, says his menu contains Bavarian, French, German and Flemish influence.

Tuna nicoise. | Mabel Suen
  • Tuna nicoise. | Mabel Suen

Tripel Brasserie currently serves dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beer enthusiasts can belly up to the bar until 1:30 a.m. As of Tuesday, August 20, Tripel will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Look forward to a selection of 16 European beers on tap, served in original glasses, in addition to 40 different options by the bottle. View the full menu on Tripel's website, and follow them on Facebook.

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The bar comes equipped with an array of special glasses | Mabel Suen
  • The bar comes equipped with an array of special glasses | Mabel Suen
Each meal begins with an assortment of bread and waffles. | Mabel Suen
  • Each meal begins with an assortment of bread and waffles. | Mabel Suen
Full? Split a dessert! | Mabel Suen
  • Full? Split a dessert! | Mabel Suen
Patio seating. | Mabel Suen
  • Patio seating. | Mabel Suen

Stoofvlees over frites. | Mabel Suen
  • Stoofvlees over frites. | Mabel Suen
Jim Darst and Terry Oliver. | Mabel Suen
  • Jim Darst and Terry Oliver. | Mabel Suen
The bar's open until 1:30 a.m. | Mabel Suen
  • The bar's open until 1:30 a.m. | Mabel Suen
Bartender Luc Michalski. | Mabel Suen
  • Bartender Luc Michalski. | Mabel Suen

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