Sunday Brunch at the Secret Garden in Brussels

By - July 9, 2013 (Updated: December 4, 2014)

The Secret Garden by La Britannique

Sunday Brunch at the Secret Garden by La Britannique

We’re always on the lookout for great Sunday Brunches in Brussels and we’re thrilled the La Britannique team is back with the Secret Garden Table d’Hôte in Forest.

This post is of the good news / bad news variety, (But don’t worry. It’s mostly good.) If you spend any time on our FaceBook Page, you’ll know that we spend a lot of time at Britxos (To the point we call it CheeseWeb HQ South.) Sadly, our beloved Britxos is closing for the summer – the bad news.

However, we’d like to focus on the (very) good news. Chef Alex has reinstated his table d’hôte Sunday brunches, in his new location in Forest. We were lucky to be among the first few people to experience his new Secret Garden dining experience.

We first met Chef Alex at a Mexican Brunch hosted by La Britannique. Since then, we’ve been raving fans. But as much as we loved the Sunday brunches (and everything else) at Britxos, we have to say, we missed the intimacy of the table d’hôte concept. The Secret Garden had everything we missed and more.

If you know the old La Britannique location, the Secret Garden is just around the corner. We passed through the main building and headed towards the back yard.  We found ourselves in (you guessed it) a little hidden garden and were welcomed into Alex’s new home.

His space is lovely and open, with a large dining table in view of the kitchen (all the better to watch the master at work!) There is also a cosy collection of sofas to curl up on, while enjoying a welcome drink. Being Sunday brunch, we opted for some bubbles, but there were fresh juices on offer as well.

Chef Alex at work in his kitchen

Chef Alex at work in his kitchen

As the other guests trickled in, we watched Alex prepare a little starter – croissants filled with a pumpkin pure filling. Divine!

Pumpkin filled pastries

Pumpkin filled pastries

The great thing about this brunch concept is the ability to meet and mingle with other guests. We had Americans, Italians, Hungarians and Belgians, among others, to chat with, while we watched Alex prepare our meal.

The food is served family style and we dug in with pleasure. Our first course included poached eggs on pancetta-wrapped endive.

Poached eggs with chicory

Poached eggs with chicory

Then we moved on to a delicious Pistachio and Pomegranate Pilav with Shredded Chicken. The rice was spicy and filled with flavour and contrasted nicely with the mountain of fresh herbs.

Pistachio and Pomegranate Pilav with Shredded Chicken

Pistachio and Pomegranate Pilav with Shredded Chicken

We also had plump ricotta dumplings and a veggie casserole of aubergine, courgette, tomatoes and cheese. Wonderful.

I dub this "casserole of goodness!"

I dub this “casserole of goodness!”

Our dessert of fruit pancakes was so good, we forgot to take photos… oops!

We’re looking forward to many more Secret Garden brunches over the summer and the re-opening of the new, improved Britxos in the fall. You can rest assured we’ll have all the latest news from the team at La Britannique for you.

If you’d like to attend one of Chef Alex’s Secret Garden Brunches, follow their events on the Facebook page or the La Britannique website.

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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