After a busy period of business trips to London, Luxembourg and Athens, I finally found myself home in Brussels for a quiet weekend where all I needed was to unwind and relax. On Saturday I decided to treat myself to a few of my favourite things: brunch, a good book and some blogging. So there I was, at Comptoir Rodin, the new cafe-restaurant that had been on top of my list for some time now!
Housed in the Rodin Pavilion, which was built back in 1888 and formed part of the former military hospital of Brussels, Comptoir Rodin is a beautiful space. The interior is bright and cosy with large windows, exposed brick walls, marble tables, industrial lighting, a wood stove, a small statue of Rodin, red velvet curtains and an enclosed patio overlooking the garden. By the time I arrived it was pretty calm but as soon as brunch started, it got quickly filled up with families and groups of friends.
The brunch menu includes an all-you-can eat buffer, a warm and a cold beverage. I went for the freshly squeezed orange juice, a latte and hit the buffet which put a smile on my face. I do love Middle-Eastern food and was happy to see that the chef, Yaëlle Treivus, has created dishes with Israeli accents. The selection is plentiful: different salads and veggie dishes, shashuka, warm soup, savoury tarts, cheese and charcuterie, viennoiseries and cakes – all you can ask for brunch really! While the coffee could be better, I really liked the eggplants with tahini sauce and pomegranate seeds as well as the roasted cauliflower with labneh and olive oil (so much so that I plan to recreate both at home and maybe even share the recipe here on the blog too!).
I can definitely see Comptoir Rodin becoming a regular spot of mine for brunch (it has made it to my favourite brunch spots in Brussels list after all!) or a cup of tea in the afternoon. There’s free wifi and a lot of plugs, which also makes it a nice place to work from and from what I hear lunch is pretty good too. Have a go and let me know what you think here on the blog or on Instagram with the #seemybrussels hashtag!
|Address: Avenue Auguste Rodin 8, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium|
|Telephone: +32 2 2030014|
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