I remember asking where to have Sunday brunch when I first arrived in Brussels about 10 years ago. The answer – no where. Things have really changed and thankfully there are a growing number of restaurants open on Sunday and serving brunch on the weekends.
We all have our local favorites but one of the best has to be Gaudron.
Located on Place Brugman in a quite residential area, the trendy Gaurdon is both a deli and restaurant. This place is known for its brunch/lunch offering, which in my opinion, never disappoints.
Gaudron has been open for a few years but just recently got a face-lift. I have to say I slightly preferred the old interior but the deli counter and other food items for sale are still beautifully presented. Besides stopping for a meal, you can pick up all sorts of pasta, wine, jams, pastries and choose from a whole slew of prepared dishes.
If you’re eating in, my top three picks on the menu are eggs Benedict, the club sandwich (made in the American style, not the Belgian kind on a baguette) along with the soup of the day, and the Gaudron plate. The ‘plate’ is a great way to go if you’re hungry or just can’t make up your mind. After ordering at the table, you head up to the deli counter to pick out 4 cold salads and one meat item for your plate. The portions are fairly generous and you get the chance to sample a few different things.
It’s a bit on the pricy side – expect to pay at least €20 per person for lunch – but a nice treat when you’re not in the mood to cook after rolling out of bed on a Sunday (that would be me most weekends). Note: The crowd is rather on the posh side so I wouldn’t turn up in my sweats. 🙂
They also have a huge terrace that’s open all year round. In typical Belgian style you can find people outside under the heaters even in the colder months. Gaudron can get crowded, especially on a warm day, so I recommend arriving before noon or be prepared to wait for a table. The service is good, a bit slow (as anywhere else) but usually pretty friendly.
Gaudron’s slogan is “good food, good mood”. I couldn’t agree more!
Wishing you all a good weekend and happy brunching 🙂
3 Place G. Brugman, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 343 97 90
Open Monday to Sunday, 7am-8pm
Images via City Plug, Tomate Cerise and La dinette des grandes.