If a 15€ all you can eat Sunday Brunch in Brussels sounds impossible, you obviously haven’t visited La Britannique. We hadn’t either until last weekend. Our only regret was that we hadn’t done so sooner.
We’ve been hearing a lot about La Britannique, a British owned catering company in Brussels. We had sampled their food at various events and been following their Facebook page for some time.
We stumbled upon them again while researching brunches in Brussels and discovered they frequently host a Sunday table d’hôte, or host’s table. When we saw the upcoming theme was Mexican Brunch, we knew it was high-time to give it a try.
The Sunday brunches are held at La Britannique’s catering headquarters, in Forest, as they don’t have an actual restaurant, yet (read on to find out what’s coming soon). So we headed across town.
As we strolled up to the gate and rang the bell, we almost felt as if we were about to dine at one of those under-ground restaurants, that seem to be all the rage right now. That’s where the clandestine feeling ended. We were welcomed like long lost friends, by Chef Alex Weston, and immediately offered a cocktail. Now this is our kind of place!
We looked around the bustling commercial kitchen (and I do admit to experiencing some appliance envy) as we were seated at a small round table at the end of the counter. The long host’s table was already full of happy diners of all ages and languages – a true Brussels experience.
If you’ve never eaten at a table d’hôte, the concept is quite simple. You eat whatever the chef cooks, generally sitting at a communal table or tables, with other diners. Everyone shares, family-style.
Because it’s not an actual restaurant, the chef can’t actually charge you a set price for the food. Instead he asks for a ‘suggested donation,’ in this case 15€ for adults, but you are free to give whatever you like. We feel for the quality and quantity of food on offer, it is worth much more.
Once we were happily installed, with our Bloody Mary’s, all manner of tasty treats began arriving at our table. Fresh salsa and guacamole accompanied home-made tortilla chips that we are still dreaming about; then came re-fried beans and a black-bean chilli with a hint of chocolate. Meat chilli followed shortly thereafter. By the time the main-course, of huevos rancheros, arrived we were already feeling full, of course it didn’t stop us. The dessert course was cinnamon crepes and a basket of delicious goodies that we couldn’t stop sampling.
All the while Alex chatted with us and made sure everything was to our liking. How could it not be?
Alex took the time to tell us about his newest project. In March, La Britannique will be opening a café and shop in St. Gilles. It will be open early morning to late night and offering take-away services as well as a cosy place to eat in. We can’t wait to see the new space and keep you posted on this new venture.
If an in demand catering business, a table d’hôte, and a new café and shop aren’t enough to keep Alex and his staff busy, La Britannique also offers cooking classes, for groups of up to 12 people.
We think world domination may be next on La Britannique’s list, but Alex insists he is simply making Brussels, “a tastier place, one bite at a time.”
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