It’s easy to determine what the shell of La Tricoterie is: It’s an old factory building in St Gilles, which results in an overall industrial chic – and a very high ceiling in the main room.
The inside is a bit harder to define: Is it a cafe? A restaurant? A market? An art space? A little bit of everything?
When we visited one Sunday morning, there was a tiny space in the main hall reserved for market-like stands that offered a small selection of fruit, vegetable and bottled juice. The main attraction definitely was the weekend brunch: For 6€ you could have a small, classic formule (coffee, bread, croissant …) and for 15€ a bigger brunch-feast. The prices for drinks seemed very reasonable (coffee, tea, soft drinks 2-3 €) and even the omelette for two at 12 € looked tempting.
The food looked good and the brunchers seemed very happy – including those that came with kids, who enjoyed themselves in a little indoor playground. The one thing that was missing was atmosphere: It all seemed a little too industrial, too cold – or maybe just a bit too empty: Although there were not too many free tables, the place felt oversized for a cafe/restaurant.
Go and see for yourself – if you don’t like it, St Gilles has a lot of other cafes on offer and the Midi Market is not too far away either!
La Tricoterie, Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158, Brusels // www.tricoterie.be