Brussels is a very sophisticated city and abounds with good places to eat. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that even some of their hamburger restaurants are as stylish as it gets.
When I discovered Hemgie’s I was instantly sure I had to try it out. So on my way to the Grand Place, after a good long stroll at Brussels Park, one of my favourite places in Brussels, I stopped there for lunch. The location is great, opposite Galleries des Princes (one of the wings of Royal St Hubert Galleries) and a stone’s throw from Grand Place, near the popular rue des Bouchers. Hemgie’s speciality is gourmet signature burgers, with a good selection of salads and beef dishes also available.
Their menu celebrates creativity, with ingredients as varied as red curry and caramelised pineapple present in their signature hamburgers. Everything they use is home made, from their bread to the tomato sauce.
I ordered the Mona Lisa burger (Sicilian polpette style beef, mozzarella of buffala milk, balsamic vinegar caramel and home made pesto), which came with nice home made chunky chips. After the first bite I realised I had to eat very slowly, so I could really appreciate what I was eating. Call it “eating fast food in slow motion”. Not that it is a fast food restaurant. Far from it. Service is good, friendly and the place oozes style in tasteful décor. In the evenings, I found out, it is recommended to make reservations, as it’s quite a popular place.
Good quality comes with a price tag, but as with everything, you pay for what you get. Their wine list is varied and very reasonably priced, with a bottle of red starting at €21.
I just regret not having tried one of their desserts. But who said I won’t back when I’m next in town? 🙂
If you want to try it…
Rue des Dominicains 12
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or +32 2 502 07 77
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday
12:00 to 14:30 & 19:00 to 23:00h
Closed on Sunday & Monday
Salads from €12, Signature Burgers from €13.50, desserts from €5.
Wine from €21 (bottle of 75cl)