Today I’d like to share some food porn from one of the best little restos in Brussels. If you’re looking for a cosy café, a ‘resto sympa’ or the best brunch in Brussels, look no farther than Britxos.
It’s not every day your dream job falls into your lap. As a photographer, or any creative-type for that matter, routine, “pay-the-bills’ jobs far out-number the fun stuff. But every once in a while a job comes along that’s so much fun, you forget you’re working. Oh yeah, and you still get paid!
You may remember my rave reviews of La Britannique; the catering company that does the best brunch in Brussels. You may also remember my post on the grand opening of Britxos, their new restaurant in St. Gilles. We love their food and we adore the incredible and welcoming staff.
When owner, Alex, asked if I’d be willing to photograph Britxos’ new menu and staff portraits, I hesitated… for less than a second. My dream job just landed in my lap.
I’m passionate about writing for CheeseWeb and sharing my love of Belgium and travel with you all. But, let’s face it, it doesn’t pay the bills. Photography is my ‘real job’ and what I trained in after completing my journalism degree.
Like most photographers, I’ll photograph just about anything for a pay-check, but the jobs that excite me involve food, beautiful locations and travel. The Britxos shoot gave me all of these and more.
First there is the fun and funky location. It’s a small space, but it’s packed full of fun details to photograph. There’s loads of colour due, in no small part, to the chalk-board paint walls, now covered with creative graffiti.
Then there’s the travel aspect. All of Britxos’ food is inspired by cities of the world. You can taste treats with flavours from Aberdeen to Karachi, Cape Town to Tel Aviv and even closer to home with Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges inspired dishes.
But the best part of Britxos has got to be the food.
While it’s fun for me to grab quick photos of the food we eat in restaurants here in Brussels and on our travels, it’s nothing like an actual food photo shoot.
I get to set up my tripod, change lenses and control the lighting, while plate after plate of beautiful food appears in front of my camera. Oh and when it’s all done, I got to taste the models. Yeah, dream job.
So today, I wanted to share a few of my favourite photos from our two and a half day shoot.
And even though my focus is not portrait photography, the Britxos staff tolerated me documenting their every move with good humour. They even posed for some very fun group shots. How could you not want to eat at a place where the staff has this much fun together?
Monday evenings offer live jazz, Friday night is a fantastic Gourmet Menu, featuring 3 mouth-watering courses and Sunday is the famous Britxos best brunch in Brussels.
If you haven’t yet been to Britxos, go now! As often as we frequent the place, we’ll probably see you there.
Oh, and if you want to toss another photography job my way, just contact me. Offers of dream jobs take precedence 😀
For more great restaurants in Belgium and beyond, check out our Restaurant Review page.