Andrew and I have embarked on a new project. Each Sunday, we’re searching out Brussels’ best brunches. Last Sunday we visited the lovely Orangerie in Parc D’Egmont.
Andrew’s favourite meal of the day is breakfast, but I’ve never been a huge fan. In fact, my breakfast is usually liquid and caffeinated. Going out to brunch together actually works out really well for us. Andrew can feast on pancakes and eggs while I can go straight to the lunch foods.
As you may have noticed, breakfast foods like pancakes and omelettes aren’t always easy to find in Belgium. But, on a fortuitous trip to Filigranes bookshop, I spotted a little book called Un An de Brunch a Bruxelles, (A Year of Brunch in Brussels). So began our mission.
Our first brunch took us to a place both of us had heard about, but neither of us had ever visited – The Parc d’Egmont. This little green jewel of a park is tucked away between the Boulevard de Waterloo and the petit Sablon. Unless you specifically set out to find it, you would never even know it is there. Once inside, it’s hard to believe you are right beside the ring road.
The park is small, only about a city block in size, but it is home to the Palais d’Egmont, dating from 1533-34, that now houses the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Parc d’Egmont is also famous for its many statues, the most popular of which is the Peter Pan statue. This statue is a copy of the Peter Pan statue found in Kensington Gardens, in London, by sculptor Georges Frampton.
The park was truly lovely on a brisk autumn Sunday, but we were there to have brunch and brunch in the Parc d’Egmont was one of the most elaborate we’ve seen in Belgium.
In the heart of the park sits the Orangerie restaurant, in a neoclassical building. It has a huge terrace, where you can sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the park. While the Orangerie is a lovely spot to stop for lunch or a coffee break, on any sunny day, on Sundays, it is a brunch extravaganza.
The offerings included pastries and breads, cheeses, cured meats, smoked salmon and mackerel, a wide variety of salads and grilled vegetables, hot pasta, and an omelette and crepe bar. Juices are also included but hot drinks are not.
The Orangerie’s brunch isn’t cheap. At €28 per person, it’s a splurge (so eat light the night before). We were very impressed by the quality of the food and no wonder, The Orangerie is run by the same people who run the MIM cafe, The Brasserie du Prince d’Orange and several other well-known establishments in the city.
Sunday Brunch at the Orangerie is a great way to spend a decadent, sunny, Sunday afternoon in the heart of the city, and yet still feel like you are away from it all.
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L’Orangerie du Parc D’Egmont
Open every day from 10.30am till 4.30pm
Parc d’Egmont, 1000 Bruxelles
Metro Stop: Louise or Porte de Namur
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