If you’ve never had a Belgian breakfast, now’s the time to enjoy an authentic one at Brussels Bistro

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

It wasn’t too long ago that I reported on Tuesday nights’ Mussel Madness at Brussels Bistro. While I was there, restaurant entrepreneur Nicolas Servais told me of his and Chef Thomas Crijns’ idea to start a regular Belgium inspired brunch. Thoroughly excited at the thought of this, I asked Nicolas to let me know as soon as possible when that might begin. 

So imagine my surprise and delight to receive an email invite, asking myself and my family to be there on Mother’s Day, as they launched their Belgian waffles for breakfast and lunch.  

The new Belgian waffle menu features waffles for breakfast with either a sweet or savory twist. On the savory menu there is an Eggs Benedict Waffle: poached egg, tomato and spinach with hollandaise sauce served with bacon, ham or salmon. 

Eggs benedict waffle

For those of you with a sweet tooth there is of course the classic Brussels waffle, served with powdered sugar, butter, Nutella jam and maple syrup. They also offer a freshly made Chantilly waffle with whipped cream or another famous spread, the Nutella waffle.  

The Mikado Waffle offers ice cream and hot chocolate sauce and with all of these sweet options there is an option to add strawberries, banana and of course maple syrup. This menu is available from 8 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Mikado waffle

The amazing duo at Brussels Bistro has really put a lot of thought into creating a weekend menu for everyone. From 11.30 a.m. onwards, the waffles theme continues, but the fillings change to include mushroom, smoked salmon or chicken-topped waffles. There is also a Vol-au-Vent waffle, a famous Belgian creamy chicken and mushroom dish offered on the crispy light waffles. 

And finally, the hamburger waffle for the ultimate fusion of the American hamburger and the authentic Belgian waffle. It’s a brave, exciting and dynamic menu, and as much as I adore a Mexican breakfast, I think it’s a welcome change in Laguna Beach that everyone should try.

Also don’t worry, people with food intolerances: they offer a gluten free waffle.

Our food journey at Brussels Bistro

I was there for brunch and believe me, having just had a rather crazy birthday weekend in the desert, I was in great need of a hearty breakfast. As it was Mother’s Day, we arrived at 10.30 a.m. and I was thrilled to see that many tables were filled. We were shown to our table and ordered drinks. I chose the Bloody Mary, which was really delicious. 

I could have predicted the way it would pan out, naturally Jonathan and I went for savory and the kids went for sweet.

I chose the Brussels benedict waffle, gluten free, with smoked salmon. This was absolutely delicious, the toppings were plentiful and the gluten free waffle was great. Naturally gluten free is slightly denser than the traditional waffle, however it was so tasty and the combination of the benedict and waffle went together so well.

Jonathan chose the bacon benedict with the hollandaise on the side, because he sometimes feels that hollandaise can be floury: however this was not the case. This dish was perfection: the bacon was cooked crispy, the eggs were perfectly over easy and the waffle (Jonathan’s did have gluten) was as light as a feather. 

My son went for the Mikado waffle (of course he did, ice cream for breakfast!), gluten free, and this was perfect for him, topped with a warm chocolate sauce. He also ordered a small side of strawberries. There was nothing left on his plate and he had a chocolate mustache, so I’m thinking he enjoyed it. 

The Nutella waffle

My daughter chose the Nutella (it’s her favorite) with a side of Chantilly and strawberries. The bird (as I affectionately call her as she eats little and often) inhaled the lot and is already looking forward to the next visit when she can make her way through the menu.

As always the service was exceptional. The atmosphere, calm and comfortable. The restaurant, cool and eclectic. If you’ve never had a Belgium waffle breakfast, go and try it. If you have had a Belgium waffle breakfast before, compare it to others. You’ll find it’s priced very well, it’s different, it’s tasty, and I’ll be visiting again for sure.

Brussels Bistro is located 222 Forest Ave. (949) 376 7955

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