Rachel is in fact not just my name but also the name of a charming burger and bagel place in the centre of Brussels.
I discovered Rachel (the restaurant, not myself. I'm still yet to find myself) right near the end of my year abroad and annoyingly somehow never managed a visit. If the fact that it's a burger and bagel place wasn't enough, HELLO! We share a name! I know y'all share my excitement.
So when I learned that I'd be coming back to Bruxelles for a month I put a trip to Rachel on the top of my
Luckily I had a willing accomplice in the form of my dear friend and uni-pal Jenny, and on a fresh, autumnal Saturday we made our way through the tourist hordes and past chocolate shop after chocolate shop to Rachel for a catch-up and a munch.
The restaurant isn't huge, but there's a nice relaxed atmosphere and a great menu.
Keeping things relatively simple, and despite having been highly tempted by the great-sounding veggie burgers, I went for the Chuck:
It was SUUUUUPER good! The meat melted in the mouth, all the juices merged, the bun was soft and just lightly toasted, they didn't scrimp on the topping... I devoured that baby. There was perhaps a touch too much mustard for my taste which slightly overwhelmed the other flavours occasionally, but just a tad.
Jen had the L'Ambburger:
Despite this being Brussels, the burgers were served not with frites but rather oven-baked rosemary potato wedges which I have to admit were absolutely divine. Who doesn't love a wedgie? (Was it just my family who called potato wedges "wedgies"? Yes? OK, moving on...)
We also had some slaw on the side which was light and fresh and just what we wanted alongside our burgers of epic proportions.
The staff were friendly and the service was great. If you ever find yourself in Brussels I heartily recommend a trip to Rachel. This Rachel sure loved it, and I think it's only right that I go back and try the bagels too, don't you?
Find Rachel at Rue du Marché au Charbon 100, Brussels, and on Facebook here.