Foodie Fridays – P.H.A.T.

As in Pretty Hot And Tasty, is a recent addition to the Chatelain restaurant scene. Even though they didn’t get the definition quite right (if my urban slang is up to speed), it’s still a welcome new option for a weekend lunch. Modelled after a modern American dinner, the interior is bright and upbeat, with the requisite American flag and subway signs hung on the walls.











We tried this place out a couple of weekends ago on a Sunday around brunch lunch time. It was packed, but luckily we only had to wait 5 minutes for a table and they were happy to welcome our dog along with us. They have a nice looking terrace but we ate inside due to the typical rainy weather. The service was friendly and speedy enough by Belgian standards.











My favourite part was the menu and placemat, both made to look like old American broadsheet newspapers. Each placement is different – my headline was about something that happened in Milwaukee in 1912, which I loved since I’m from Wisconsin. (For those of you who don’t know or haven’t made it past NYC, it’s in the middle by the big lake.)











The menu is quirky, including a weather report and fake ads. I was impressed by the selection of cocktails (Bloody Mary, Mimosa), the salads (Cobb, Waldorf) and desserts (Key lime pie, brownie sundae). I’m always on the lookout for a good salad in Brussels so I tried the Waldorf. It wasn’t quite what I expected – it had all the correct ingredients except lettuce(!) – but was good nonetheless. My date had a hamburger which he described as “acceptable”, but then again he is hard to please when it comes to meat. They also offer loads of brunch options including eggs Benedict, which I think I’ll go for next time.











My partially eaten Waldorf salad

In conclusion – pretty good food, nice atmosphere, but a bit pricy (my salad was €14). Overall, I would give it a 3 ½ stars out of 5, so worth a visit if you’re in the area. My hunt for the perfect salad continues…

122 Rue Américaine, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 852 19 06
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12-11pm

P.S. See yesterday’s little post and leave your suggestion for what you want me to write about on the Best of Brussels. Thanks! 🙂

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