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Published on January 21st, 2018 | by Tony Mallett

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Schievelavabo worth it in Wavre

Do you hanker after honest, value-for-money food which you can enjoy in convivial surroundings?, asks our food writer Martin Banks.



If so, you’d do well to check out Schievelavabo, a popular bar-restaurant with branches throughout Brussels and beyond.

There are, in fact, seven in total, with the most recent to open (last April) being in Wavre, Brabant Walloon.

This one, like the other six, enjoys a vibrant, week-long trade and that is little wonder, given the fact that you are guaranteed a nice, wholesome meal in very relaxed surroundings.

The place successfully combines the informality and lively ambience of an “Irish-type” pub with the more relaxed atmosphere of a restaurant.

Its intimate alcoves are characterised by warm colours and wooden structures. Old enamelled plates on display throughout the restaurant evoke old advertising brands, a nod to a world undeniably part of Belgian heritage.

The menu itself is as pleasant as the surroundings and includes some Belgian classics such as croquettes, cassolette de scampi and carpaccio (starters) together with Americain and vol au vent (mains). There is also the famous house speciality, bologna spaghetti, hearty salads, steaks and burgers.

If the adults are spoiled, so are the  children with a children’s menu (under 12 years) offering simple but tasty dishes such as nuggets, fried chicken and tomato sauce dumplings. Look out too for the children’s playground and (especially when the better weather arrives) the lovely terrace overlooking the town’s  busy main square.

A separate room for groups can accommodate up to 40 people.

Add to this the daily suggestions menu and you couldn’t wish for more.

The business has been franchised but the owner has several places of the same name in Brussels, including in Forest (Altitude Cent); Uccle Calevoet (rue Egide van Ophem); Auderghem (rue Jacques Bassem), Jourdan-Etterbeek (Chaussee de Wavre, the first to open) and Woluwe-Saint Pierre (rue du College) as well as in La Hulpe (rue F. Dubois).

The company employs 123 people and serves 1,750 customers every day.

At the Wavre restaurant, much of the interior and décor of the old eating establishment has, thankfully, been retained, a deliberate policy so as not to alienate the many loyal customers who frequented the place before it reopened under its new guise.

The front is a atmospheric bar where you can enjoy a relaxing drink or two (until late) while the back part is given over to an eating area (including a separate room for private occasions such as birthday parties). Like the young and energetic staff, the décor throughout the building is warm and welcoming.

It is set in a great spot – right in the centre of this bustling Brabant Walloon town – and, with the enormous portions, you’re certainly guaranteed a very, very filling meal.

It’s a great place where you are equally at home whether you are eating alone, as a couple, with family and friends or as a big group. With plats starting from a mere €12.50, the pricing here is very democratic and affordable for people of all budgets.

All in all, this place has proved a fine addition to the ‘Schievelavabo family’.

More information

Place Alphonse Bosch 10, 1300 Wavre
Tél: 010 60 37 50

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