Inspired by reading about a fellow blogger also in search of the best burger in Brussels I decided to give Hemgies a go. This of course being the third installment of my search for the best burger in Brussels. You can read about part1 here and part 2 here.
I initially had a little trouble finding it. I knew that it was near to the Royal Galleries, but spent a fair amount of time wandering around looking for it. So in order that you don’t make that same mistake, when you are walking down the main section of the Galleries, the Princes Gallery leads off to one side. Hemgies is directly at the other end of the Princes Gallery.
The restaurant itself is very tastefully decorated in understated colours, I loved the vertical striped wallpaper, which worked well accentuating with the long thin room, with essentially one very long bench down one wall, with only a few tables on the other side with the bar.
The menu does have a few choices other than a burger, but they are claimed to be the ‘signature burgers’ and after all I was there on a mission! The full menu is available on their website too.
Lovely soft warm roll, and a new to me very tangy soft cheese drizzled with olive oil to welcome me. There were only a handful of other tables occupied, but it still felt a warm and comfortable atmosphere, especially compared to the bitter February cold outside. Winter is not over in Brussels just yet, it’s just being spiteful because I left my proper winter coat in England last weekend!
I chose a beer called Kappitel Blond, not one I’d heard of or tried before but it was really good. Definitely on a par with my current favorite Affligem Blond and a similar taste.
There were a few specials to choose from, including a tex-mex burger with guacamole which was very tempting but I plumped for the
Beef meat / Belgian « vieux Bruges » cheese / Salad / Crispy Collonata bacon / Tomatoes / Pickles /
Oignon rings and slightly spicy homemade ketchup
Overall the quality was very high. The beef was succulent and tasty and the whole thing was delicious if a little overwhelming when I first saw it arrive! A lot of that height came in the form of the onion rings and a thick slice of tomato so it wasn’t quite as large as it appears 🙂 The frites were good too, light and crispy, excellent flavour as well. It was slightly let down for me in being slightly under cooked for my taste, and it could have done with being a bit hotter in the middle; the two factors are probably related. I still very much enjoyed it and it is a minor thing and of course very much a matter of personal preference.
So back to the question at hand. Is this the Best Burger in Brussels?
On reflection, I think I still prefer Ellis Gourmet Burger. The overall combination of textures and flavours was fractionally more balanced in my view; there was just a bit more oomph. Saying that, I thought that the ambiance in Hemgie’s was more to my liking. Still very much recommended by me though.
Rue des Dominicains 12
Galerie des Princes
www.hemgies.be they are on facebook too www.facebook.com/hemgies
Have you had a better burger? Do you have a recommendation for somewhere else I should try? Let me know in the comments.