Finally an alternative to Café Belga – now there is a (new) venue on Place Flagey: Epaulé Jéte. It is just on the corner of the Rue d’Ixelles. There used to be a rather dubious place here offering Moules Frites (The cheapest I had seen in town – seems as if the Moules weren’t that good!) This new place, however, definitely is worth a visit.
Ok, it is a Belgian café/bar – so don’t expect it to be warm, comfy and cosy. But it has a stylish interior design. (I would say 50s-style?) The bar is on two levels, so there is lot’s of window space, offering a lovely view over the square. (That definitely is one of the big assets of this place.) They have a wide variety of drinks – not unsimilar to Belga. Yes, you will find lots of people drinking hot mint tea here as well.
Épaulé Jeté offers food – a soup of the day is on the menu, also they have a handful of daily dishes. Or you can opt for little apero-snacks (think cheese, olives, crusty bread etc.) Oh, and of course you can drop in for breakfast if you fancy. On weekends this place has a brunch-buffet, you pay per kilo. (Interesting for all Mums: On Sundays they have kids workshops, so the adults can enjoy some peace and quiet with their meal!)
Epaulé Jeté also has theme days: i.e Wednesday is MerCrèpedi. So you can come here for pancakes between 12:00 and 16:00. Thursday is Sushi Day – however, I am not quite sure what this is.
For those of you living in the vicinity (or for travellers) another good thing to know: Épaulé Jeté has a (public) washing machine in the basement, so you can get your laundry done while having a coffee.
Épaulé Jeté, Place Eugène Flagey 13, Brussels // www.epaulejete.be