Word on the street is that Peck 47 has one of the best brunches in Brussels. Of course I had to investigate this! I stopped in to Peck 47 for my last meal in Belgium during a recent trip. The eatery is in a great location near the Grand Place so naturally it’s a popular and busy food spot. But Peck 47 isn’t busy just because of its location; the food lives up to the hype!
A quick glance at the menu will easily convince you to dine at Peck 47. And let me tell you, you’ll want to do more than peck on food at this place. You’ll want to stuff your face until you can stuff no more. The menu boasts a range of options, including all-day breakfast, soups, ciabatta sandwiches, wraps, and salads. For the health conscious, they offer smoothies, smoothie bowls, and granola bowls. If you’re expecting me to report on any of the healthy options, get out. Just show yourself out the door right now because when I’m on holiday I EAT LIKE A BEAST. Holidays are for eating like there’s no tomorrow so no fruit was consumed during my visit to Peck 47.
First, let’s talk about drinks. Apart from standard fare like tea and coffee, Peck 47 offers freshly squeezed juices, homemade iced tea, and homemade lemonade (flavours change regularly). If you’re feeling a bit more risqué, you can opt for a cocktail with your brunch. Perhaps a jalapeño infused bloody Mary tickles your fancy? Or a rosemary and agrume infused gin? Maybe the Peck Mojito (white rum, lime, mint, and homemade coconut syrup) speaks to your taste buds? There’s also the Walter White, a cocktail made with tequila, cointreau, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and lemonade. The point is that you can get creative with your drink choice at Peck 47!
I opted for the strawberry basil lemonade and it was deliciously refreshing. The lemonade was served in a glass jar (yay for visually pleasing drinks!) and the sweet to citrus ratio was balanced. Despite the rainy day, this beverage hit the spot. Who says ice cold lemonades are just for sunny days?!
Now on to the food. What to choose, what to choose? For me it had to be something from the all-day breakfast menu. Poached eggs on English muffins… Sounds tasty. Poached eggs with herb sausage… Sounds pretty damn good to me. But wait, what’s this? The “Peck Special”… poached eggs on homemade chorizo and goat cheese waffles with bacon and psycho sauce! DING, DING, DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!
I couldn’t see anything past the Peck Special. A dish combining chorizo and goat cheese is hard to beat in my eyes. The waffles were served with a side salad. Food strategy time: eat the salad first so that the flavour of the eggs and waffles lasts and lasts. You guys food strategize too, right? It’s only sensible. Anyways, the dish was fantastic! The eggs were perfectly poached (check out the yolk action here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQnHz3rjB2s/) and the psycho sauce was like a tangy hollandaise, which paired brilliantly with the saltiness of the bacon. The waffles – those damn waffles – they were so good. They could sell the waffles alone as a take away snack and they’d fly off the shelves! Needless to say, the combination of all of these flavours worked exceedingly well and the Peck Special is a Pinchable hit!
A fellow brunch-goer beside me ordered the Veggie Peck Special with homemade portobello mushroom waffles, poached eggs, creamy spinach, and psycho sauce. She kindly let me take a picture of her dish too. Thanks fellow foodie!
I was so satisfied with the quality of the Peck Special that I wanted to try more of Peck 47’s goods. It was my last meal in Belgium after all! Go big BEFORE going home! There was a selection of cakes on the front counter – blueberry cheesecake, carrot cake, pistachio cake, and brookies (a layered treat with brownie on the bottom and cookie on the top). As much as I love cake, the thought of the brookie won my taste buds over. When I dug into the brookie, I discovered that it had been warmed up before being served. What a treat! The brookie was soft, sweet, and the chocolate chips inside had melted, giving me an “OMG THIS SO GOOD” caveman reaction. I mean, what’s not to love about a cookie and brownie hybrid. It’s the best of both worlds and we should walk this line way more often.
From the lemonade to the waffles to the brookie, it was definitely a good choice to get all this deliciousness in my belly (#noregrets). Peck 47 has a sister shop called Peck 20, which I suspect is just as spectacular. Either way, you must visit one of the Pecks! This place was popular and you might have to wait (there was a small line up by the time I left), BUT it’s well worth it. This place is clearly a brunch hot spot in Brussels and with good reason. If ever I return to Brussels, I’ll make a beeline straight for Peck 47 to peck (read: annilihate) more from the menu.
Peck 47: Rue Marché Aux Poulets 47, 1000, Brussels
Peck 20: Rue Jourdan 20, 1060, St. Gilles
Tip: Go early to avoid waiting in line. The lunch rush hits hard.