Quadrupel Brasserie

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Caramel-colored wood, a coffered ceiling, vintage lighting—the petite space looks every bit the old-world throwback it aims to be. Part brasserie, part Belgian brewpub, Quadrupel (named for a style of ale) offers more than 75 varieties of beer, albeit mostly in bottles. Snacks like the sausage sampler and sweet-and-sour shallot rings are ideal bar foods, and though the honey-braised pork shank may verge on being too polite, the shiitake-filled jidori chicken roulade on polenta asserts itself in all the right ways. The bread pudding’s fine, but the Belgian chocolate plate (with pot au crème, truffles, and more) is hard to deny. » 43 E. Union St., Pasadena (626-844-2922). D Tue.-Sun. Beer and wine. Brasserie   $$-$$$ 

Photograph courtesy quadrupelbrasserie.com