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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published March 31st 2013
A Waffle House by a Watermill
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Belgian Brasserie, Abbey Mills, Merton

When you step into the Belgian Brasserie you feel like you have entered a 1920s cabaret lounge: upbeat jazz plays over the radio, quilted bunting drapes from the ceiling, and a tacky lamp and fake flower decorate every table. Although it is small and difficult to maneuver, the family photos makes the place feel cosy rather than cramped.

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A tacky lampshade added to the atmosphere.

The brasserie has a mouth watering menu of waffles sweet & savoury crepes, and bagels. They have a varied selection of fillings which include chocolate & berries, cinnamon & sugar, maple syrup & walnuts, five-bean chilli, salmon, and many others. They also offer a range of Belgian beers, cider, spirits, and soft drinks.

There is a sense that everyone feels at home and relaxed, but perhaps just a little too relaxed for my taste. Although the staff are friendly, they are not very attentive, and seem to forget to look up and check if anyone is waiting to order. At first I was not sure if I actually had to go up to the counter myself to put in my order, but when I went over, they said they come to you. Maybe they do eventually, but you'll be waiting a pretty long time.

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The service could have been better.

The staff also seemed rather absent-minded about clearing tables. Keep in mind that this is a small cafe, and when half the available seats are still full of leftover plates, it can be a bit of a put off. Another thing that put me off was the cleanliness. While I get the tacky decor is part of the theme, drink stained cushions and food splattered curtains are not the hygiene standards I expect.

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Toasted Bagel

Despite this, now, I know the ropes, and how things work there, I would still go again, because the food is absolutely delicious. For 4.20 I ordered a toasted bagel with camembert, crispy bacon, spinach leaves, and cranberry sauce. The ingredients were a match made in heaven, and all the flavours just melted into the bread.

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You can sit out on the veranda in nice weather.

The Belgian Brasserie can be found at Merton Abbey Mills, and while they could do with a few more lessons in customer service, they have their cooking down to perfection.
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Why? For Yummy belgian waffles
When: Wed-Fri: 12pm-5pm, Weekends: 10am-5pm
Phone: 0208 540 2500
Where: Merton Abbey Mills
Cost: 2.40-7.40
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