A brand new fully vegan café in the heart of Brussels, The Judgy Vegan hasn’t entirely opened yet, nor is completely decorated, but it looks promising.
With less than a handful vegan restaurants in the city of Brussels, we were really expecting and hoping for a place like this to open.
Located in the Marolles area, nearby the always-under-renovation-courthouse (no wonder this vegan is so judgy), it is accessible to all travellers sticking to the center, even those staying only for a day.
The café is quite spacious with many wooden tables & a few comfy couches where we predict people will spend all afternoon reading books, chatting or working on their computer while enjoying their vegan treats.
As of November 2017, the place is open only on weekends and the limited offer consists in handmade pastries to enjoy with a cold or hot beverage, mac’n’cheese, melted cheese sandwich and their already famous all-you-can-eat brunch buffets.
The buffet costs 16 euros so long as the place hasn’t fully opened, then it will be 20 euros. We tried it and although it was definitely worth the 16 bucks, we felt 20 euros without drinks might be a tad much.
The buffet table displayed many savoury items and a few sweet things. Certain dishes would be finished very quickly and even though they try to replace them as fast as possible, there’s always at least a few things missing on the table. But if you’re there to take your time like we were, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
They take reservations for the brunch on their facebook page or by email. There are 3 different time windows to choose from during the weekend. You can eat as much as you want until the buffet closes. So that’s about 2 hours if you came on time. But that is a long time to be eating non-stop. They post the menu in advance on facebook aswell (only in French though).
Now, let’s talk about the food itself. Cruelty-free always tastes the best but still, cappuccino fields loves great food.
Here’s everything that was on the menu when we visited : Salty cake, baked beans, carrot & potato mash, au Gratin pasta, baked eggplant, breaded tofu, spinach rice, tomato salad, raw carrots, hummus, pumpkin dip, mayo, cheese & bread for the savoury part. And then coconut pie, crepes, rice pudding, regular pudding, caramelized apples & several jams for the sweet part.
We had to wait a bit for a few dishes to be brought back in order to try them and never even saw the cheese. Maybe they ran out.
All in all the food was good & tasty, even though some of it was just okay and some of it was really great. We especially couldn’t get enough of their delicious baked eggplant in tomato sauce, and as it seemed, we weren’t the only ones… The caramelized cinnamon apples spread on a crêpe came a close second. We left the place full and satisfied.
We also liked the small leaflets explaining vegan issues and found them very educational for both non-vegans & vegans. Down the line, it would be great to print out some in English for international visitors too.
Lastly, a word on the service. It was apparent that the three owners of this place were still settling in but their kindness transpired throughout our experience. Let’s hope they can maintain this quality as they gain more experience and efficiency with time.
VERDICT – Cappuccino fields will definitely be back to enjoy more of the food once the place has fully opened and the menu expanded.
In the meantime, enjoy the pictures, go check it out while in Brussels and leave a comment to tell us what you thought of it.
BON APPETIT !
Address : 55 Rue des Capucins, 1000 Bxl
How to get there : Bus 48 (Stop: Jeu de Balle). On foot : 15 min walk from Grand-Place & just 5 min from Poelaert square where you can find the courthouse & viewpoint of the city (take the elevator down).
Opening hours : Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm (November 2017). UPDATE : Now also open Thursday & Friday, 12-10 pm.
Budget : 16 euros for the all-you-can-eat brunch. 6.5 euros for a melted cheese sandwich (croque). 8 euros for mac’n’cheese. 2.5 euros for cupcakes & other sweets.
Website : TheJudgyVeganCafe