According to Lisbon lore, the Portuguese have a different « bacalhau » recipe for all 365 days of the year. In reality, there are hundreds more.Some sumptuous recipes can now be found in Brussels thanks to Casa do Bacalhau. Recently opened in Ixelles, this bright corner restaurant is a step up market from the mass of Portuguese snack bars off Place Flagey. As the name suggests, it specializes in salt cod, offering a score of regional dishes like « bacalhau à lagareiro », a char-grilled cod steak drizzled with olive oil ; bacalhau with pine nuts from the Algrave ; or a rice-and-codfish stew from the northern Minho region. There are also plenty of non-cod dishes on the menu - fresh fish like bream or monkfish and a range of meaty mains, as well as starters like garlic-fried shrimp or alheira sausages. The extensive list of Portuguese wines is rich in muscular reds from the Douro and Alentejo. Casa do Bacalhau provides fine Portuguese cuisine at a reasonable price. Three courses with wine came in at less than ¤30 a head. Finish up with a shot of thick black espresso, or maybe a glass of Adega Velha brandy.