I am a bit of a hamburger fan (amongst other food types… like sushi, pizza’s…. hell, I just like food, ok????)
I have to confess that in SA, my burgers of choice are normally the spur cheddamelt burger as well as the Steers Saucy burger… mmmm
While in Brussels – I have yet to find a favourite spot for a hamburger (McDonalds and Le Quick do not count!!)… and although I do like Michael Collins Blue cheese burger… and the options at CoolBun where interesting – neither of these drive me into a salivating crazy-must-eat-burger kind of gal.
But I had heard good things about Burger Republic – especially since they are just off Place Flagey (so a few minutes walk away), offer 100% prime Irish Black Angus beef patties and Artisan bread, PLUS they have an Environmental Philosophy that puts most people (and companies) to shame!
Burgers are served individually – so if you want french fries or onion rings – these will cost a little bit extra…. and all drinks are served in glass bottles instead of cans (part of the Environmental Philosophy ensuring that recycling is a major priority!)
We had a very friendly waiter who was not too in our face – and the food arrived in a decent amount of time after placing the order….but by the time we had finished our meal (as we had arrived just after 7pm and spent a good hour and half there)… the restaurant was full and the lonely waiter was quite busy … so getting the bill took a little longer than expected… but that was the only negative… everything else was SUPER!
Cam & M had the Bacon Mushroom Melt (Beef Burger, smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, cheddar, sautéed onions, truffle sauce = 12Euros), which they raved about (especially the truffle sauce!)
I had the Bacon & Avocado option (Beef burger, avocado, smoked bacon, roasted red peppers, red onion and their secret BR sauce = 11Euros)… the bacon was perfectly crispy and the avo was at the perfect ripeness.
Normally, they ask you how you want your burger patty cooked – but I think this was a small oversight during the ordering process – so we all got our burgers medium-rare… which suited us down to the ground… a bit of pink inside is always good – well, at least for me!
And of course – we couldn’t avoid ordering a side portion of their onion rings (3.50Euros). They also offer french fries (2.80Euros), side salad (3Euros), half a corn cob (2.50Euros) and Courgette tempura (3.50Euros) as side orders!
Would I go back? Probably, as it was filling, tasty and all washed down beautifully with bottles of beer. It is a simple concept executed well and with enough choices on the menu to fulfil everyones requirements… the only downside is that in my humble opinion it is however a little on the pricey side … especially if you want side orders!
Address: Chaussée de Vleurgat 7, 1050, Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 640 1014
Opening hours: Tuesday-Wednesday: 12h00-14h30 & 19h00-22h00, Thursday & Friday: 12h00-14h30 & 19h00-23h00, Saturday: 12h00-15h00 & 19h00-23h00
They do not take reservations for groups bigger than 6people… but if you call them 15minutes before arrival and there is a table available – they will keep it for you!