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Prelude has been a welcome addition to the Brussels food scene together with Kitchen 151 and Knees to Chin. I discovered first on Instagram after seeing a couple of pictures of their sumptuous cookies and instantly knew I had to plan a visit to Saint-Gilles asap!

One of the first things I really liked about this cafe in Saint-Gilles is its terrace. Albeit small, it’s calm and overlooks a tree-lined street which is always a plus in my books. Unfortunately, on my first visit the Belgian weather was not that gentle which meant that sitting out was not an option, but that’s a fine excuse to go back! Inside the space looks very cute too: high ceilings, large windows that let plenty of light in, wooden tables, retro items like antique radios and old music discs as well as a comfortable couch with fluffy cushions all the way in the back create a very cozy atmosphere.

Food-wise, Prelude offers two options for lunch: a soup combo (soup, bread and salad, cereal or tapenade) and a healthy bento box (fish, meat or veggies, accompanied by cereal and a small salad) – both available to take out or enjoy at the premises. Despite its great potential and the owner’s good intentions to promote healthy food, I’m afraid neither the meat nor the fish bento met my expectations. The veggies had way too much garlic that overpowered all other flavours and the meat looked like the reheated remains of last night’s party. Having said that, I hope that they will take note and make an effort to improve as the concept is promising.

Luckily, after a fleur de sel and chocolate cookie by Made by Bake and a bit of ice cream from Comus & Gastera (which have both sadly closed in the meantime!) I was a happy girl again. So there you go, give it a go and let me know what you think!

Address: Rue Antoine Bréart 82-84, 1060 Saint Gilles, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 5386164
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)