I knew nothing about Brussels before we visited and really had no expectations. What I can come away with though, is that it has varied architecture, some beautiful old buildings and incredible food options.
With Jaime off one morning from training, we decided to take advantage and head off for some brunch. We were going to go to Chyl (which Ben and I managed to get to the next day) but they were full, so we had a wander and discovered La Table Rustique instead.
An unassuming restaurant across two floors with a patisserie downstairs and communal style seating upstairs – perfect for people watching. There’s even an individual seat and table if you should find yourself alone with a book one morning for breakfast.
The other major point about Brussels is that every single restaurant we went to was dog friendly. In fact, they almost looked at us strangely for even asking! Pepi was quite happy to curl up on my coat behind us, while we perused the menu.
Jaime has recently discovered he’s coeliac, so it was the Detox Menu for him. English Menu for me and Ben chose the Louise. Numerous courses of breakfast appeared in stages starting with drinks and pastries.
A healthy breakfast juice filled with goodness for Jaime, and orange juice for Ben and I.
Then came the fruit and yoghurt bowls. A gluten free chia pudding, almond milk raspberry coulis and fruit bowl for Jaime. Fruit, yoghurt and granola for Ben and I.
The mains were incredible and I definitely lucked out on my choice.
Jaime’s soft boiled eggs, salmon and avocado.
Ben’s Eggs Benedict, minus the salmon, nestled on avocado topped muffins.
My fried eggs, sausages, mushrooms, fried potatoes and home-made beans. Needless to say, I definitely couldn’t finish it all!
With all that food, it’s a wonder we managed pudding!
Gluten free pancakes with oats, honey, bananas and strawberries for Jaime.
While I chose the cakes for Ben and I from the counter downstairs. A wonderfully soft and fluffy carrot cake and a warm blackcurrent crumble cake.
We were so impressed with the food and value for money at La Table Rustique. Each of our menus was just €25 per person!
We just about managed the walk back to Jaime’s, before collapsing on the sofa ahead of his game later that day. See what happened at the game over in my new Vlog!