No fries? Yes, it’s possible, even in Belgium where fries (and mayonnaise) are fairly inescapable. Wunderbar is the kind of place you’ll never find if you don’t know it’s there – it’s on a residential street up in the north of the city. The focus is on home-made burgers that actually look and taste like they have real meat in. They also have cool names based on a Wild West theme – my favourite is the Cheesy Sheriff.
If you’re not a beef eater, then Wunderbar will still take good care of you. They have a couple of chicken options, like the Asian-inspired Mr Wong with mango chutney and green curry sauce, and a much more interesting menu for vegetarians than your standard ‘veggie burger’. I like feta and spinach ‘Theo Green’ with a yoghurt sauce. And the reason they don’t even offer fries is that the burgers are huge – I have to use a knife and fork. They’re packed with greens and the brown bread buns are soft and crispy at the same time.
As there’s only ever two people running the kitchen and the front of house, you order at the bar, and when they shout your name you come and pick up your colourful, burger-laden trays yourself and either sit inside or out in the bamboo-filled garden. When you’re done, they ask you to clear your own trays away. No complaints here if it keeps the price down. Perfect drink to wash it down? Wunderbar’s homemade ginger beer.