Those of us who don’t disappear from Brussels during the summer holiday period of July & August are often left with a gaping hole, closed restaurants and limited offerings. Which is exactly what happened to us this past Sunday!
We drove past 2 or 3 of our “go to” Sunday lunch venues and arrived at our last resort to see that they have closed up shop permanently… but THANKFULLY – we then saw La Fabrique was open (and full of people sitting on the sidewalk soaking up the summer sunshine) offering a Sunday brunch.
They had actually been closed for most of July – so it was pure luck that we found them having recently re-opened after their holiday!
For 25€ per person – it was an all you can eat buffet of salads, breads, cheeses, charcuterie, fruit salad, omelets & crepes made while you wait, a few hot dishes (a chicken curry that HIM gave 2 thumbs up for being well spiced without being spicy) and of course – a table dedicated to those of us with a sweet tooth.
The price does not include drinks – but we opted for lemonades & freshly squeezed health juices (4€), followed by coffee and our final bill was just over 90euros, which sounds like a lot when you first think about it – BUT let me tell you that if you are someone who enjoys a leisurely breakfast/lunch with healthy & tasty options – you walk out really full! HIM ate a plate of the salads, then a plate of chicken curry & rice AND a slice of cheesecake… now do the maths of ordering a starter, main & dessert somewhere else…. without the instant gratification of helping yourself and eating within minutes of arriving and being able to take more (or less) of the things you really want.
Please note that there is nothing else served on a Sunday – except brunch – so don’t think you can come in and order off their normal menu… not on a Sunday anyway!
Would we go back again? Yes, Yes, Yes…. in a heartbeat. Those salads were so fresh and tasty… THAT cheesecake has me drooling (I would even go as far as to say that it was definitely one of the BEST I have ever eaten) and the service was sufficient (plates were cleared quickly and efficiently and buffet dishes were replenished often!). Price wise – I think that it might be on the up spectrum of pricing for Brunch – but after enjoying everything so much – I wouldn’t complain about paying it again!
I only wish that my little growing bump was not restricting my food intake so much (I can only eat a certain amount at each sitting before the growing bump pushes against my stomach telling me to stop eating!)… but as soon as she is out… I am going back … for 2nd & 3rd rounds and turning Brunch into a full day affair 🙂
Address: 122 Rue Américaine, Ixelles, 1050, Brussels, BELGIUM
Telephone: +32 2 537 56 36
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 08h30-17h00; Saturdays & Sundays 11h00-16h00