Last year Alison, Maxine and I began a mission to find the best burger in Brussels, we even gave it a fancy name; The Brussels Burger Quest. We started strong, sampling the delights of Les Super Fils du Tram, L’Amour Fou, Ellis Burger, Manhattn’s and the Hard Rock Cafe.
But our Trio became a Duo as Alison had to abandon the quest and begin preparing for the adventure of a lifetime (selling all her possessions and travelling around Europe in a Motorhome – with her husband AND their two cats) and then, well I went and ballsed it all up by becoming a vegetarian.
And so, I leave The Brussels Burger Quest in Maxine’s supremely capable hands while I begin sampling the vegetarian treats that the establishments of Brussels have to offer.
Starting with the best Irish Pub in Brussels; I’ve been to the Michael Collins several times before and already knew that they do a good beef burger, but how would their veggie option fare?
We arrived just as the kitchen opened and grabbed the best seats in the house for a bit of people watching, Bailli is quite the busy hub, so there is lots to look at.
I’m not going to tell you how much time we spent popping out pieces of our Vedet coasters and building penguins, but it was great fun- I wish more companies did things like that.
My heart let out a little silent sob when our lovely server told me that the veggie burger is now topped with mozzarella and not halloumi. But I went with it anyway and I’m so glad that I did. A large, soft, floury bun arrived, filled with a super juicy large flat cap mushroom and several chunks of creamy buffalo mozzarella, the sweet pepper sauce was tangy and slightly fruity and worked perfectly.
I was ready with the mayo in case the burger was a little dry, but I needn’t have worried, it wasn’t at all. It came with a pot of crunchy frites and a creamy coleslaw.
It was nice to actually be able to eat it without a knife and fork, I hate it when there is so much filling in a burger, you can’t pick the bloody thing up.
Size wise, it was perfect for dinner, I was comfortably full when I’d finished, but there was still room for a little dessert. I’m not one to even attempt to resist a Baileys Cheesecake. And I’m glad I didn’t, it was delicious.
By the time we left, nearly all the tables were full, but the staff were still smiling – I know, in Brussels!!
There are a couple of different veggie options on the menu as well a huge selection of meat dishes, making this a great option for pretty much everyone.
I would definitely go back and eat it again.
Find out more about the Michael Collins on their website.