GåRD Nordic Kitchen in Brussels

Last year, I was contact by a PR agency to see if I would be interested in visiting Gård Nordic Kitchen in Brussels. Normally, our restaurant reviews are by our own unannounced visits and we mostly only share a review about experiences that we enjoy – so this was one of the exceptions to accept a dinner invitation with the sole-purpose of preparing a review (and as we agreed, we would only write about it if we truly enjoyed it).

Well – we had to change the date a few times due to personal reasons (work schedules, death in the family, etc)… but finally we had the babysitter booked and HIM/I headed out for a *date night* one cold and snowy Saturday in March.

I hadn’t realized that the restaurant was at the entrance to the Courtyard by Marriott Brussels EU, but upon entering, you don’t feel like you are in a hotel, but rather that you are in a funky, inviting restaurant/bar. I particularly loved the open gas fire place and was exceptionally happy that we got a table right next to it (especially since we also had the window next to us overlooking the melting snow after a mini storm in Brussels the previous day).

Plus they have this amazing blue/white tiled big dining table which looks like it could be perfect for a big group of people (family/corporate/friends/etc)…and obviously insta-perfect!

In true Nordic fashion, the décor is functional but modern. No table clothes but decent fabric napkins!

After ordering a bottle of red wine, we shared a starter of Beetroot with figs & chestnut and a touch of Liège syrup (14€). Unfortunately, they had run out of figs but the 2 beetroot types was delicious and the goats cheese with toasted chestnut was a delightful salty compliment to the sweet beetroot taste.

For Main course, HIM ordered the Duck Filet dressed with a wild berry sauce and potato gratin (25€). He asked for it to be cooked well as he is not a fan of pink/bloody meat in any format… and they managed to cook it well without impacting on its juiciness and taste! HIM was very pleased!

I had had the Entrecote with homemade Andalouse sauce and fries (22€).

nothing says *happiness* like crispy Belgian Fries…..

With our bellies full, we were not even tempted by their dessert menu and opted to walk a bit before taking the Metro home.

Would I return? yes… it has the same laid back feel as the Vini Davini restaurant at the bottom of the Jam Hotel in St Gilles (which serves Italian food) but offering a different cuisine! It is a good location for EU employees due to its proximity to their offices, as well as for those tourists visiting Brussels, where they can be assured of a good meal at their hotel after a day of exploring the city. Win win

Gård Nordic Kitchen (Brussels)

address: Rue Joseph II, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 2 893 0170
website: http://www.gard-nordickitchen.com/brussel/
email: brussels@gard-nordickitchen.com
Opening hours: BREAKFAST: Mon-Fri 06h30-10h00; Sat-Sun: 07h00-12h00; LUNCH: Mon-Fri: 12h00-14h00; DINNER: Mon-Sun: 17h00-23h00 plus the Bar is open from 11h00-01h00 each day.

Disclaimer: I feel it is very important to disclose that we were guests of the restaurant, although our server was not aware that we were guests/bloggers and we paid the bill at the end of our experience (and were re-imbursed afterwards). I do promise that this a 100% accurate review of our experience.

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Ancho Mexican Restaurant in Brussels

M and I recently had  a mid-week girls night out… HIM was working and I had booked the babysitter for Monkey (who had already been put to bed :)). It was such a lovely outing to catch up over delicious food (without miniature interruptions) and something that I look forward to reinstating in the months ahead!

M had been itching to try out a Mexican restaurant called Ancho close to Place Stephanie and I was of course happy to oblige (especially since it was a 5minute walk from our apartment).

After ordering a beer, I checked out the multi-lingual menu and we decided to share a portion of Nachos Gourmand (11,90€ = corn chips topped with meat, beans, sour cream, cheese sauce, pico de gallo and guacamole). I have to confess that my exposure to Nachos is limited but I had expected “melted cheese” on top, not sure if that is the South African interpretation… but nonetheless theirs was very tasty and we managed to finish of the dish successfully!

M ordered Pork Tacos as her main (9.50€ for 2 or 11,90€ for 3) with an extra portion of guacamole (1.50€) and enjoyed every mouthful.

I had a “bowl” (9,90€)… essentially you can choose your base (burrito, nachos, bowl or salad) and then your topping (beef, chicken, pork, steak (extra 1€), vegetables, etc); your rice (lemon & coriander or cucuma); your beans (white or black); topped with pico de gallo (spicy or not) and finally sauce (sour cream, red salsa, green salsa or their homemade sauce). Again… guacamole was 1,50€ extra….

My bowl consisted of chicken, lemon/coriander rice, black beans, spicy pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole… and was delicious however not spicy at all (for my palate)… so I utilized the table sauces to add an extra zing….

All in all – we left with full bellies and big grins….

The restaurant itself was not very full (but it was a Monday evening and rainy at that), but the number of bicycle and motorbike delivery men traipsing in to collect orders was phenomenal!! I think we counted over 11 in the space of 90minutes! So clearly people in Brussels prefer their Mexican chow in the comfort of their own home! Décor wise – it is simple but modern with spots of colour (mustard… which is my go-to favourite winter colour to wear at the moment so I felt like I completely blended in to my surroundings).

Staff were friendly, efficient & multi-lingual, but pretty much left us to ourselves once we had ordered and they had delivered the food. Making it feel very much like a fast food establishment rather than a fully-fledged restaurant. (Not that this is an issue at all… just don’t expect attentive waitrons)

Would I go back? Most probably….

FYI – there are 2 branches… one in Waterloo and one in St-Gilles. We visited the latter!

ANCHO

Address: Rue Jourdan 14, 1060, Saint-Gilles, Brussels, BELGIUM
Telephone: +32 2 463 2246
website: http://www.ancho.be
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11h30-14h30 & 18h00-22h00; Sat: 11h30-22h00 & Sun: 11h30-14h30 (Brussels) & Sun: 17h30-22h00 (Waterloo)

Breakfast at Steenberg Bistro 1862

Everyone has an instagram crush… right?? Well mine is Candice Bresler of Damsel in a Dress (previously known as the Gorgeous Gourmet) and scrolling through her instagram posts always has me either green with envy or in absolute awe with her fun-size fashion sense or her delicious food & wine escapades in and around Cape Town.

I have had the pleasure of meeting up with her & her husband once before at De Grendel in 2013 (my review of their restaurant is here) but reached out to meet up with her again (this time with HIM & Monkey in tow) and she graciously accepted and suggested breakfast at Steenberg’s Bistro 1862.

We had visited Catharina’s on Steenberg wine estate on our visit to South Africa last year but had yet to try out the Bistro which is on the same grounds. As we entered Bistro 1862, a super stylish restaurant, my heart dropped… this wasn’t looking to be child-friendly at all – but we managed to keep Monkey occupied for most of the breakfast with an iPad of games, videos and even allowed her to meander off to the outside area with it’s water feature (which she fortunately could not get into… otherwise we would have had a serious problem). Thankfully, the restaurant was not full and her jaunts were not frowned upon by other patrons (as far as I could tell).

Candice & Luke were gracious and engaging with their pint-sized dining companion (and us) and happily provided suggestions on what to order for breakfast. They also joined me in quaffing some delicious MCC while we nibbled on brioche buns drenched in honey while perusing the menu.

The boys went for Eggs Benedict: Bacon 1862 (a serious SLAB of piggy), rosti, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and cherry tomato (R86)

While Candice & I dined on Schrooms on Toast: assorted mushrooms, gorgonzola cream, chives & buttered English spinach (R82)

French toast for Monkey off the kids menu (which I landed up eating as she wasn’t too interested)

Toast & preserves (R32) – which I eventually ordered for Monkey in the hopes that she would consume something while we were there….

Would we return? Food was delicious and probably the first spot were they weren’t overly generous with portions. Staff were attentive, pleasant and efficient. I would return – but definitely without the Monkey for a relaxed date lunch/dinner or with friends & family.

STEENBERG BISTO 1862

Address: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley, 7945, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Telephone: +27 21 713 2222
http://www.steenbergfarm.com/bistro1682
Open 7 days a week: 09h00-11h00 (Breakfast); 12h00-15h00 (lunch) & 17h00-20h00 (Tapas)

Welteveden Wine Estate in Stellenbosch

While on our holiday, we were keen to get out and about to a few child-friendly spots in the Cape Town (and surrounds area) – so I googled “child-friendly wine farms” and stumbled upon Welteveden Estate in Stellenbosch.

So as a mid-morning mid-week (breakfast) outing, HIM, Mommabear, Monkey and I attempted to find this estate. In terms of signage, and as beautiful as their billboard is, at the intersection traffic lights of R304 & Welgevonden Blvd, it was essentially unreadable. So after a google maps consultation and a minor detour, we finally arrived… again to a very quiet estate.

Ample parking and a short walk to their restaurant with outdoor seating (of which only one table of 2 moms was occupied watching as their kids were exploring & having fun) overlooking the stream, some lovely green grass and a small play area (2 plastic jungle gyms).

We also went to explore their “Carnival” area – an impressive outdoor playground of which children’s dreams are made of. With an on-site pizzeria where kids can even build their own pizza, a fully stocked bar (obviously for the adults in tow) and a confectionary corner – it was beyond impressive. The only problem was that we had arrived in the morning and were not really keen on eating pizza for breakfast (only after a big night out ;)).

The friendly waiter offered to see if he could bring us the food from their other restaurant while our Monkey got to check out the enormous play area… but unfortunately this was not possible, so we headed back to their main restaurant  and the smaller play area. Trust me, I am not complaining – this was more than most other places have and we were happy to have most of the place to ourselves!

Breakfasts are served from 09h00-11h45 and are on the generous size! HIM ordered the Farm breakfast (R70): Farm eggs, bacon, plaas wors, smoor tomato, mushrooms and wood fire oven bread.

Mommabear opted for the Open Omelette (R65): Black forest ham, brie and mushrooms served with toasted baguette.

And I was won over by the Green Asparagus, soft poached eggs (my favourite) and gypsy ham pancake (R70). I have to confess that I didn’t enjoy the asparagus as they had been overcooked and were really limp, but the soft poached eggs were perfection and those pancakes!!!!

Would we return? Yes. Probably at lunch time so that Monkey could take full advantage of the Carnival area and/or to enjoy the restaurant’s lunch menu which has had me drooling since I read it.

WELTEVEDEN ESTATE

address: Welgevonden Blvd, Cloetesville, Stellenbosch, 7600, SOUTH AFRICA
telephone: +27 21 889-6588
http://www.weltevredenestate.com

Duck Parade at Vergenoegd Wine Estate

I have been eager to visit Vergenoegd Wine Estate for years… because of their famed duck parade!!

More than 1.000 Indian Ducks “work” on this farm. Instead of the vineyard using pesticides, they rely on the ducks to keep the vines in tip top shape by eating up all those pesty bugs and snails. DUCK PARADES: 10H30, 12H30 & 15H30 (Mon – Sun) where you can witness the waddle of these beautiful feathered friends from their home to work.

Things to note: They operate on a reservation basis only, so don’t think that you can just “pop in”. They also charge R10 per adult on entry (children under 12 are free) and this is used towards their Integrated Pest Management and Duck Research Program. This voucher is redeemable as a discount voucher in their shop, restaurant, wine or one of their activities.

We arrived early enough to enjoy breakfast before the 10.30am parade and were one of the first patrons sitting on their outdoor patio at 9am (which is when they were still setting up). Their breakfast menu is limited… essentially 3 choices (Filled Croissant, Breakfast or Cinnamon oats) but even if there wasn’t a big choice, what they did serve was absolutely delicious!

HIM and Mommabear ordered the Breakfast (R65): Bacon and spinach with scrambled cheesy eggs on toast.

While I had the Filled Croissant (R55): Brie, Chorizo & sundried tomatoes on French toast croissant.

Once our bellies were full and Monkey had a bit of run around the lawn (having already sighted the ducks on their waddle from their enclosure to the nearby pond and “inspected” the staff who were sweeping out a side building for their Deli which was getting ready to be opened) – we settled under the trees to cheer these workers onto their daily chore. A truly enthralling and unique experience to witness …

Would we return? Difficult to say. I wanted to visit and I am so glad that we did, but I did feel that the estate wasn’t really ready to be commercial yet (almost nothing in their little “shop” and so much potential to be an estate where you could spend the entire day!!). I have read that their tea or wine blending activities are great, but we were possibly there to early in the week day to see the estate at its best (or fullest). What I can say is that there is quiet charm about the place and if you haven’t ever visited, then I recommend that you do give it a go. Even if it is only to pay the R10 for entry to see the ducks waddle to work!

VERGENOEGD WINE ESTATE

address: Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch Wine Route, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
telephone: +27 21 843 3248
http://www.vergenoegd.co.za
email: reservations@vergenoegd.co.za
Opening hours: 08h00-17h00

 

Picnic family fun at Warwick Wine Estate

We have recently returned from a fantastic 2 week holiday in Cape Town, South Africa. Visiting with my family & friends and exploring new and exciting (and mostly child-friendly) places.

One of the first places on our “list” was Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Recommended by my best friend who lives in Cape Town, is a self-proclaimed food, works in the food gifting industry and has 2 small children who are in the same age bracket as our monkey – so I knew I could trust her judgment!

A 40 minute drive along the N1 from Cape Town, taking the Klapmuts/Stellenbosch R44 off-ramp (exit 47) and soon we were there. There was ample parking and short walk to the restaurant and picnic area. I didn’t take a photo at the time, but there were numerous blackboard signs up reminding parents that they could now relax as it was a safe & secure environment for children to have fun. Hurray!

We had booked a picnic cushion spot on the lawn, but you can easily book for the Lawn tables (10), forest courtyard, picnic pod (8) or the deck. I must stress that if you want the comfy over-sized cushions under the umbrella spot on the lawn… you need to book in advance as there are only about 10 spots, ensuring sufficient space between diners. Maximum number of diners at one of the lawn cushion picnic spots is 6 adults (and 8 children) and a minimum of 2 adults. Booking is done online and requires a R50 per basket deposit to secure the reservation.

Fortunately for us – our picnic spot was right next to the little brick & fountain area (a mini paddling pool if you wish to call it that). As soon as we had the kids in their bathing suits, hats & lathered with sunscreen – they spent much of the day frolicking in the mini man-made stream and the “paddling pool“.

If this isn’t enough – there are also 2 jungle gyms – one near the picnic pods and pond and the other at the end of the courtyard. 10/10 for being child-friendly and allowing the adults to relax with wine, good food and peace!

Talking about food, picnic baskets cost R550 for 2 people or R300 for a single person basket. These exclude drinks, but their wine list was extensive and reasonably priced (i.e. their Brut MCC was R150 for a bottle and their First Lady Sauvignon Blanc was R80 a bottle). Our basket contained: Sichuan pepper crusted beef fillet with aioli, rosa tomato/mange tout and butter bean salad, baby potato/red onion/fried caper salad tossed with light whole grain mustard aioli, a chunk of matured cheddar cheese (which HIM proclaimed as the best cheese that he had eaten in South Africa so far), biltong paté, trio jar of homemade sweet chilli sauce/cream cheese and basil pesto, home-made bread, onion marmalade & smoked butter. And for dessert… individual key lime pie jars! There was mountains of food…more than enough for a hungry couple (or three)!

Children’s baskets were R125 each & contained slices of roast beef fillet, a whole wheat bread roll with butter, laughing cow cheese triangle, a fruit juice box, a crudité & hummus dip cup… and their dessert? Oreo ice-cream sandwich. The latter was delivered separately & only later in the afternoon (as checked with the waitress on when we were ready for it).

The lawn area was still full service and the staff were attentive. Our lovely server was running between pods, tables and blankets and ensured that we were well looked after!

Seriously, whether you are looking for a romantic spot for couples, a family friendly venue (children or not) or just somewhere to soak up the sunshine and clean air while eating & drinking … this is definitely the place to go for a relaxed picnic lunch on a sunny day! Would we return? Without a doubt!

WARWICK WINE ESTATE

address: R44 between Stellenbosch & Klapmuts, Stellenbosch, 7607, SOUTH AFRICA
telephone: +27 21 884 4410
http://www.warwickwine.com
Open 7 days a week, 365days a year

Vini Divini at the Jam Hotel in Brussels

HIM and I have been attempting to regain some sort of adult social life now that Monkey is 2 years old. That means that on HIM’s nights off (basically only Saturday’s), we try to go out for dinner (just the two of us) at least once a month (or every 2nd month if our schedules are too busy). That requires a bit of planning… (i.e. booking a babysitter, getting dressed up or at least as dressed up as 2 parents of a toddler can, finding a restaurant, etc)

An Italian Tapas restaurant around the corner from us in St Gilles, had recently opened up and I had tried to book a table using their online booking site, however they were full but offered to waitlist us and let us know on the day if something became available. Needless to say, we heard nothing barring a hang-up telephone call in the early evening, where as soon as they heard me anser in English, they put the phone down. I am not saying it was them… just thinking coincidence 😉 .

ANYWAY – I had walked past the JAM hotel on numerous occasions and was truly intrigued by their funky look plus having had followed them on instagram meant that I knew that they had 2 bars (one of which is on the roof with a view AND a swimming pool!). I made a reservation at their restaurant called Vini Divini … but wasn’t holding our breath for a fabulous, knock-out night out. I mean, who makes a reservation in their own city to go to a hotel restaurant???

But you know what….We loved it!

Jam hotel 1

The restaurant itself is fun, relaxed and unpretentious (no tablecloths). The staff were friendly and multi-lingual. And the Italian food offered although simple, was very tasty, with an open(ish) kitchen vibe, so you can watch the chefs at work!

Jam hotel 2

We arrived at 7.30pm when it was still quiet. Ordered a lovely bottle of wine and a Tomato/ Mozzarella salad to share. It arrived with a basket of delicious bread rolls.. which if this was a view of the pizza dough to follow … was pure heaven!

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HIM then had the gnocchi with gorgonzola & walnuts, while I ordered a pizza with Salami and Ricotta.

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Our total bill was around 80euro’s and it would definitely be a place to revisit. By the time we left, it was full – mostly with big groups of young(er than us), hipster folk celebrating various birthdays/anniversaries/etc and I have it earmarked as a return-to & “group” venue.

Vini Divini (Jam Hotel)

Opening hours: 12h00-14h00 & 19h00-22h30 (Monday-Friday); 19h00-22h30 (Saturday) and 12h00-16h00 (Sunday Brunch)

address: 132 Chaussee de Charleroi, 1060, Brussels, BELGIUM

telephone: +32 2 537 1787

email: jam@vini-divini.eu or restaurant@jamhotel.be

website: http://www.vini-divini.eu/jam

Introducing: Carrefour Simply You Box

At the end of 2016, Carrefour launched their own meal box called Simply You Box.

Offering a similar concept to Smartmat & HelloFresh – a cardboard box filled with 3 different recipe cards plus the fresh ingredients to make these recipes. Each week, the Simply You Box offers 9 different recipes from which you can pick/choose which 3 meals you would like to cook. Just like the other recipe/fresh food boxes offered by competitors, they too promise that meals can be ready within 30minutes and are easy to follow.

Turkey schnitzel with roasted baby potatoes and salad (10 April 2017 menu)

What you need to know:

  1. Choose 3 recipes out of the 9 menus that offered
    • 3 vegetarian, 3 traditional & 3 family friendly
    • Menu’s change weekly
    • View 4 weeks worth of menu’s online
  2. Number of people to feed: Currently options are only 2 people or 4 people?
    • 40€ for 2people = 6.67€ per meal per person
    • 60€ for 4 people = 5.00€ per meal per person
  3. Collect on a Monday from your nearest Carrefour Drive pick-up point (available all over Belgium). They are investigating delivery options for the future!
  4. Payment via debit/credit card online
  5. Order by midnight on Monday to collect the following Monday

I got the opportunity to test out one of the boxes (2people) and can say that the whole process was very EASY – especially the collection at the Carrefour Drive pick up point in Auderghem where Carrefour staff were super helpful and took at total of 5minutes!

As you can see from the box above – the quantities were GENEROUS for 2people! (A whole packet of linguine for 2people for one recipe! Obviously, splitting their pre-existing packaging for this concept doesn’t make sense – but it means that not only is the concept pretty cost effective at 6,67€ per person per meal but that you might be adding to your store cupboard as well!)

Coming back to value for money => how does this stack against the competition?? Pretty well considering that HelloFresh is 34€ for 2 people for 3 meals = 5.67€ per person/per meal and Smartmat Original Box is 59€ for 2 people for 3meals = 9.83€ per person/per meal. So Simply You Box is only just more expensive than HelloFresh but definitely cheaper than Smartmat Original box.

creamy risotto with roasted pumpkin & mascarpone (10th April 2017 menu)

Additional Comments

  • Positive:
    • Easy to follow simple recipes (each card is printed recto-verso, so Dutch on one side and French on the other side – but even with that – the recipes were so easy, that you didn’t really need to pore over each line of instruction)
    • Fresh ingredients were exactly that… FRESH
    • Excellent quality/price ratio;
    • Pretty balanced nutrition (IMHO… that I could see – although I am not a nutritionist, I am sure that they are consulting with one and having carbs/protein/vegetables etc in each menu seems pretty level headed to me)
  • Negative: finding something negative to say was really difficult as this is a great concept that is executed professionally!
    • Having to collect box on a Monday (looking forward to delivery options becoming available);
    • Website & recipes only available in Dutch/French

Website: www.simplyYouBox.be

PROMOCODE: Use unique code WHIMNTSYB before 31/05/2017 and you will get a discount of 10€ when you purchase a Simply You Box of min 40€

C O C O Donuts in Brussels

I had already been stalking checking out their Instagram and Facebook feeds for a while, drooling over their donuts and begging HIM to visit to fulfill my donut craving…

So finally… while Michelle of Very Hungry Explorer was visiting us in Brussels for a day… we finally made our way to Petit Sablon and settled down outside the shop on some outdoor furniture to devour their sugary goods and sip on their homemade lemonade.

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C O C O Donuts was started by 2 ladies, Chloé & Candice who thought up the idea while in Sydney, Australia. They make the most of organic & local ingredients and bake their donuts Tuesday to Sunday in their workshop.

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Salted caramel, chocolate and berry donuts for us

Offering conventional flavours like lemon, sugar & cinnamon, salted caramel, berries or chocolate to more adventurous flavours like maple syrup & bacon, pistachio & white chocolate, oreo or peanut butter & jam… there is something for everyone!

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We enjoyed them so much that we bought a box of 4 for HIM to take to work to share with his co-workers… (Image below: top left in clockwise: pistachio & white chocolate, lemon, speculoos & crunchy chocolate)

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So yes – you can pop into the shop, sit down & enjoy the sugar rush right there and then, or you can purchase to take away (either in store or order in advance via their website, email or telephone). Cost for 1 donut is 3,50€, or you can buy a box of 6 for 20€ or a box of 9 for 30€. They even offer a delivery service (for a fee)

Wondering about the name? C(hloé) O C(andice) O with the “O”‘s being Donuts… pretty clever, eh?

Visit them….

C O C O Donuts

address: rue de Sainte-Anne 36, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM

telephone: +32 498 57 43 16

email: cocodonutsbrussels@gmail.com

website: http://www.cocodonutsbrussels.com

Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 12h00-19h00 (or until they are sold out!)

Ballekes Restaurant (Brussels)

After having started a bistro (t’Bolleke) in Brussels serving traditional Belgian cuisine, it soon became apparent that the Ballekes that Francoise & Thibault were serving were an absolute hit… so the idea of providing a fast (but casual) restaurant with minimum service serving high quality Belgian meatballs, fries & beers was born! (you can read about their crowdfunding initiative in my earlier post here)

We finally got around to heading out to their newly opened shop *Ballekes* for lunch on one gloriously sunny Thursday.

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The interior is fantastic – clean, funky and lots of seating (plus enough space for us to park the stroller at the end of one of the bar tables – so they get a big thumbs up for us on that one!)

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They explained the concept to us – but all in all it was pretty simple

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  1. Select your protein – pork/beef, chicken or bio veggie
  2. Select your style – with one of their 6 fantastic sauce; in a baguette or the healthy salad option
  3. and finally… select your sides & extra’s

We all ordered their “special” – 2 meatballs, 1 style & 1 side for 13.50€

Ballekes 2

HIM & Sarah got 2 pork/beef meatballs – one in the tomato sauce & the other in the mushroom sauce – with frites & mayo (for him) & truffle mayo (for her). While I had one chicken meatball in mushroom sauce (my favourite) and one pork/beef meatball in tomato sauce with frites & truffle mayo (OMG … so GOOD!!)

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At first, I was worried that 2 balls and some frites wouldn’t be enough – but we were really full…  especially washed down with one of the beers from their awesome selection (don’t judge me… but HIM and I are currently on a cider kick…)

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But that still didn’t stop us from sharing a slice of their delicious carrot cake

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Would I go back? Absolutely… I am thinking it might be the perfect spot for some birthday lunch 🙂

#Jointhebelgianmeatballrevolution

BALLEKES

address: Chaussee de Charleroi 174, 1060 Brussels

telephone: coming soon

open 7days a week