Chalet am Brill focuses on seasonal dishes and always proposes a vegetarian, meat and fish option
Photo: Mondorf Domaine Thermal
Terraces for dining on a sunny afternoon abound in Luxembourg, but few cater for kids quite like Chalet am Brill.
One of the three restaurants at the Mondorf Domaine Thermal, it has a terrace that looks directly onto a vast new children’s playground. As well as being the perfect place to allow youngsters to let off steam, sun loungers placed on the open green spaces close to a water feature promise a zen escape from the bustle of a busy day.
The restaurant is also a big hit for conscientious foodies, focusing on seasonal dishes always with a vegetarian, meat and fish option. Daily specials are priced under €20, there is a seasonal menu and a barbecue option where you grill the food yourself on the table (advance booking only or at special events).
Don’t be put off by the French feel of Mondorf, the menus here are translated into English and German and staff speak fluent English. I sampled the menu du jour starter, crispy fried red mullet fillets on an olive tapenade-laden flatbread with pesto.
The terrace of Chalet am Brill looks out over a vast children's playground. Photo: Mondorf Domaine Thermal
A substantial portion for a starter--those with birdlike appetites be warned! This was followed by the Beluga lentil risotto, a light, creamy dish of fleshy black lentils topped with an array of colourful grilled and steamed vegetables, from the spring seasonal menu (a new summer menu was introduced in June). Prices range from €16.50 for the vegetarian dish, to €32 for the pan-fried beef fillet. If you’ve space, there’s a selection of classic French desserts or cheese platters.
The pistachio crème brûlée with its contrasting textures of crunchy and smooth and rich flavours is well worth a try. There is also a two-course children’s menu for €13.
Wine fans won’t be disappointed--you’ll find over a dozen Luxembourg wines on the menu and some organic wines. And naturally, for those sunny terrace days, there is rosé. What I particularly enjoyed about this restaurant is that while manager Jennifer and her team offer an exceptional presentation and service, there’s an informality that helps you relax. And relaxing is, after all, what attracts most people to Mondorf in the first place.