According to the English dictionary, the word *PHAT* is a slang American adjective from the 1960’s for *terrific* or * superb*… and naming a restaurant P.H.A.T appeals to me as the expectations for the place will therefore be high… plus… they state that P.H.A.T = Pretty Hot And Tasty!
The venue is a stones throw away from my apartment (and we all know that this appeals to my hermit characteristics), directly opposite to Lucy Changs… and a street away from the Chatelain market, on Rue Americaine in Ixelles.
I love their fun & quirky decor… with multi-coloured chairs outside and interesting sheep skin throws over the chairs inside!
Obviously – the weather was SO fabulous… that we HAD to sit outside… watching the traffic and pedestrians go by!
The menu is printed and folded in such a fashion, that it reflects a little newspaper (cute)… and the selection is great. A decent range of salads and an even bigger range of burgers! (DUH – they are a Burger joint) Funnily enough… the menu items are in english – but the descriptions are in French… go figure!!
When the food arrived.. I was like “you are kidding, right?”…the portion sizes are astronomical!! My burger was so big that I had to sacrifice the normal way of eating and actually remove the top portion of the bun and use a knife & fork! (This burger bun was as round as a ball… and bigger than a softball!) AND the portion of fries was about the biggest portion I have ever been served (the photo’s don’t actually do it justice – but trust me, it was BIG!). PLUS I got served a side bowl of coleslaw! Even for me (big mouth) and my enormous appetite… I couldn’t finish it all! This was not a reflection on the taste… as the Turkey, avocado and bacon burger was delicious!!
R’s salad looked super tasty… and he was definitely not complaining!
We washed this all down with a lovely bottle of Rose… and with my tummy full and having soaked up a bit of the outdoors… I walked back home feeling PHAT (in a good way)