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Rachelbxl

Posted by rachelinbxl on July 18, 2010

My name is Rachel, so when I learned of a new bagel place in Brussels called Rachel’s Bagels, I thought I should check it out. Just outside Anneesens tram station, in Koolmarktstraat, Rachel’s is a small cafe with a pleasant terrace. On Saturday and Sunday they do a brunch for 18 euros.
I photographed the buffet, and the selection was fairly decent. You also get one fresh hot bagel, fresh pressed orange juice and tea of the day or coffee.

brunch buffet

Brunch buffet

This runs pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday, and at 3pm on Sunday it wasn’t very crowded… so if you are hungry enough it would be a good spot to check out near the centre.
We weren’t that hungry though, so we tried one bagel each:

Nina


Nina is a spicy tuna (ginger and curry) with coleslaw bagel. Served with salad and nachos, as are all their bagels. I didn’t ask if something other than sesame bagels was available. The tuna was good, but the combo was a challenge to eat. I wasn’t sure that nachos complemented the meal, but they were good nachos.

Justin BLT

Justin BLT


Justin – or The BLT was well supplied with salad and had crispy bacon. My friend was pleased.
The fresh OJ was good, and the tea of the day was moonwalker (a green tea with jasmine, rhubarb and red fruits) which was very pleasant.
The guy running this bagel bar named it after his Grandmother. He was very sweet. According to their menu they won the prize for the best pastrami bagel in Brussels recently. I wasn’t sure how much competition there was for that award as I can’t think of any other places to get one… but they were pretty good bagels. My only quibble would be the price. 5 euros is the minimum for a bagel to takeaway, and the eat-in club bagel (3 layers, it did look impressive) runs to over 10 euros. Tea of the day in a mug was 1.5 euros, but a pot of a different tea would set you back 3.6 euros. 4 plain bagels to take away costs 6 euros. It’s not break-the-bank expensive, but its not the cheapest snack in town! It is ‘different’ though, and has a nice atmosphere.

Overall, a nice place for brunch in the centre. Would go back to try their muffins or cheesecake and another one of their interesting teas, but it won’t be a regular address for me…. I just really like the name!
Their domain name is even really similar to my wordpress login!

Rachel’s Bagels
Rue du marche au Charbon 100
1000 Brussels

Food: B
Atmosphere: B
Service: A-
Price: B
Languages: French, English

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One Response to “Rachelbxl”

  1. N said

    Hmm, this looks very good! I will check it out soon – looks like the perfect place to go on a Sunday after some book-shopping at Waterstone’s 🙂

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