On Friday I had the great pleasure of attending a vegan brunch preview at Cafe Velvet, one of the trendy hotspots in the Saint Catherine area. Myself, the lovely couple from the BelgiumVeganEats Instagram page, and Lorena from The Happy Vegan Bakery had the opportunity to taste test the menu before the inaugural vegan brunch that took place at Cafe Velvet yesterday.
It’s fantastic to see more and more places embracing veganism in Brussels, and just in the past three years I’ve noticed a huge leap in cafes and restaurants offering plant-based options. Sure, the vegan scene in Brussels isn’t quite in the realms of London or Berlin – but it’s definitely heading in the right direction!
In my line of work, I spend a lot of time writing and working on my laptop, mostly from home, so I don’t actually tend to meet many people in ‘real life’, which is why it was so lovely to chat with other bloggers and of course Ilse Geyskens, the founder of Cafe Velvet, and to hear her story. The cafe has a sister eatery in Medellin, Colombia, and it was fascinating to learn more about that, and gain insight into the coffee culture in Colombia.
Cafe Velvet offers various vegan options anyway, including cake and oat milk (my favourite type of plant milk!), so it was a natural progression to test the waters and see whether a vegan brunch menu would be something that the locals would be interested in. There has a been a huge, positive response and hopefully the vegan brunch will be a permanent fixture (fingers crossed!!).
I thought the quality of the food on Friday was extremely high, and the presentation was excellent. My palate is definitely more ‘Mediterranean’ and I found that the flavours, herbs and spices used in the savoury dishes in particular, really were in-line with my tastebuds.
Here is the menu! As you can see, there’s a really good selection, and it’s even broken down depending on if you want sweet or savoury. For the preview, we had a mixture of everything – because it was important to taste it all!
When it comes to hot drinks, there’s plenty to choose from, and I particularly like the fact that you can chose hot apple cider. I had a matcha latte and a flat white, both of which with oat milk.
To start, we had this delicious apple and elderflower juice (my favourite type of juice actually).
I’m a bit obsessed with matcha at the moment (yes, coffee is still my queen though), so it was a real treat to see this latte on a menu.
These chocolate-covered pancakes had banana inside, and were delicious. I find that often vegan pancakes can taste a little different from their traditional counterparts, but these tasted just like the real thing!
Here we have avocado chocolate mousse, with a perfect consistency and packed full of flavour. The addition of lavender really made this a taste sensation – full of indulgence!
This toast with homemade guacamole was the best I’ve ever had actually, and I LOVED the addition of the seeds on top – a great way to add an extra nutritional punch (with any meal).
Here we have a beautiful rocket salad, with sun-dried tomatoes and roasted nuts, with homemade cashew cheese (this was insane!) and delicious homemade guacamole that was addictive. If you’re a lover of dips, then this is the perfect option for you!
Tofu scramble is my favourite breakfast – it’s high in protein and loaded with taste, and I was not disappointed with Cafe Velvet’s version. It was lovely and spicy (but not too intense), and the actual texture of the tofu was really similar to what I remember scrambled egg to taste like.
I was so impressed with the quality of the food at Cafe Velvet, especially as a great deal of time, thought and effort had gone into the creation of a fantastic vegan brunch menu. I really hope that this will become a regular event and I will no doubt be frequenting the cafe in the future to get my fill of coffee and cafe – see you there?
Find out more about Cafe Velvet here.