Food Photography from Britxos – Home of the Best Brunch in Brussels

By alison - November 9, 2012 (Updated: December 4, 2014)

Britxos Restaurant, cafe and bar in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium

Tucked away in a cozy corner of St. Gilles, is Brussels best Brunch spot, Britxos.

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.

Britxos Restaurant, cafe and bar in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium

Fun and colourful – Britxos is all about ‘British tapas’ with world flavours.

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.

Britxos beautiful food photos

Yum – Tasty treats from Britxos.
Britxos beautiful food photos

Beautiful to photograph and they taste as good as they look!
Britxos beautiful food photos

Need to wash it all down? Britxos has a variety of cocktails and unique spirits.
Britxos beautiful food photos

Sweet tooth? Yes, I did sample these after the photo 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?

Britxos Staff

King Alex and the fun and friendly staff of Britxos

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.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Marc Poelmans

    Marc Poelmans November 9, 2012 at 11:52

    I don’t think it would have taken me a second to think about a job like that (I’m a photographer too, you know 😉 ! Lovely photographs, Alison. And two and a half days ?? You must have been stuffed! I absolutely love what Alex puts on the table, I keep coming back for more.

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison November 9, 2012 at 12:26

      Thank Marc! Even I couldn’t sample everything… although god knows I tried 🙂 The only downside to Britxos being so darn good is it keeps us from trying anywhere new! 🙂

  2. Comment by Louise

    Louise November 9, 2012 at 11:54

    Wonderful photos Alison. You can see from the photos that it was a dream job to you!

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison November 9, 2012 at 12:26

      Thanks Louise! We’ll have to go for lunch some time when you’re in Bxl!

  3. Comment by Amy

    Amy November 9, 2012 at 16:08

    Adding that to my list for January! 🙂

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison November 9, 2012 at 16:11

      It was definitely on my list to take you guys there!

  4. Comment by John

    John November 11, 2012 at 23:20

    My wife and I flew in from the U.S. today and based on your review and photos, decided to try Britxos for Sunday Brunch. I must say the food was delicious; we were served a 4-course asian themed meal that was amazing. The staff was very attentive to any food needs, proactively asking if either of us has any food requirements. I’m glad they asked, because my wife is sensitive to gluten as well as chicken. The meal was quickly adapted to be noodle-free and chicken-free to accommodate my wife. Sarah was our server and she was absolutely delightful, I wish there were more people like her in the world, she was very friendly and genuine. All-in-all, it was a great experience, and we will be back sometime this week before we leave Brussels.

    • Comment by Alison


      Alison November 12, 2012 at 09:07

      Hi John, I’m so glad you and your wife enjoyed Britxos as much as we do! Sarah is wonderful, as is the entire staff and you are correct that they are very sensitive to special diets… not always easy to find in Europe. I hope you enjoy your stay in Brussels and have many more great meals.

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