Most people will mention Marcolini or Wittamer when you ask them about the top pattisiers in Brussels (or even Belgium), but my vote goes – beyond any doubt – to the much less known but incomparably better Yasushi Sasaki. (Marcolini and Wittamer are still top of the range, but believe me, once you go Yasushi, you will never go back…)
Yasushi Sasaki is a bit further out the city (still, an easy 10-minute drive from the center) in a little-visible spot on a quiet street in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, close to Chant d’Oiseau. The unassuming entrance might mean you will miss it when you drive by, but once you step into this dessert paradise, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty and appeal of the cakes, pastries, and chocolates on display.
The taste review
Sasaki, who has won numerous awards in Belgium, makes fresh, delectable creations that offer a perfect balance and lightness that one would not expect when indulging in such guilty pleasures… The profiteroles cake, for example, is filled with a soft, silky but at the same time light cream that makes you want – and think you can/should have – more. They also have the right amount of sweetness not to feel heavy, and the fruit cakes always taste extremely fresh.
In addition, you will also find tarts (I recommend the one with figs – the crust is crunchy and delicious) and a selection of packaged pastries (macha cake, fig cake, madeleines, cookies), chocolate (which I have not yet tried), ice cream, and other sweets, as well as your standard bakery items.
The price of the cakes ranges from about 10 to 15 euros for a 4-person cake (they also come in larger sizes), depending on the type and sophistication of the creation.
I cannot say more about how good this patisserie is… you’ll just have to go and try it!
Yasushi Sasaki (site in French and Japanese)
Avenue des Franciscains 10
Opening hours: 8:00 to 18:30, except Sundays (08:00-13:00 only) and Wednesdays (closed)
Tip: If you go on weekends, try to get there early. The cakes sell out fast…
What else? As an extra bonus, the service is friendly and efficient. What else could you ask for?
Photos from http://www.patisserie-sasaki.be (except for Profiteroles cake and croute aux fraises – first two photos – which are mine)
A few more photos to tempt you: