Belgium > Brussels
n00bface (14) Minneapolis, | January 4, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
As many reviewers have stated, the beer list leaves a lot to be desired, but there’s still a decent enough selection to pair with the few food offerings, which themselves are quite good. I’ve been here for lunch twice; had a pasta one day and an open sandwich the next, and enjoyed it both times. I’d go again for the food, but wouldn’t stop by if I were only having a drink.
sebletitje (241) Enghien, Belgium | November 5, 2012
42 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 8/20
If anything, stop there for the art-deco atmosphere that is worthy of an old movie. Sit inside is best, outside is just to be on the street looking at a wall with the old Brussels catacombs. Other than that this is just another place that I am not sure why it is even on RB. Typical Belgian brasserie like food with the same big breweries. All the bars/restaurant on the street and around the corner have the same type of beer menu; touristy at best.
JCB (176) Durham, North Carolina | October 24, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
First Ratebeer listed place I encountered on my stroll from Cantillon, and I was hungry as balls. Pleasantly kitschy atmosphere, nice open seating, good for people-watching here in the heart of the tourist district. Food menu was perfunctory but solid enough fare. Service was prickly and at times irritating. Dear Le Cirio: don’t put a fucking ketchup bottle on the table just because I’m American, you dilds. Oh yeah, the beer. Really only a few offerings, a couple Trapists, a couple blondes. I was out quickly.
BlackHaddock (233) , England | March 29, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
I like this place.
It is like stepping back in time, no rush, no noise, just a clean, pleasant experience.
My wife and I always have cheese and a bottle of ’Forbidden Fruit’ each, when we visit this lovely old cafe. We always sit inside, there is so much to admire within, compared to outside.
Art Nouveau was invented in Brussels and this cafe is a fine example of how all ’well-too-do’ central Brussels cafes would have looked back then.
It is a must visit cafe if you are in Brussels, trust me. It may not have a great beer list, but the decor is worth seeing, even if you only have a coffee!
Fin (377) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 19, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
This is a short walk from Becasse and in fact a multitude of other pubs in this area that are worthy of a stop off on the city centre bimble. I’ve been here a few times, though it has usually been in better weather and so to the best of my recollection I have only ever sat outside. So it has to said that the gloomier winter months can also offer the added advantage of seeing bars/cafes like this from the inside. This is great when the weather is bloody miserable outside and where a few dozen wooden garden sheds masquerading as a ’German Christmas Market’ sell authentic German Christmas Market tat to the masses, though the neglected and rather forlorn looking Christmas Garden Shed that was serving (or more to the point not serving) Belgian Wine, suggested that they had somehow rather missed the point spectacularly. Anyway back to the bar, it was busy but service was brisk. I asked for Rochefort 8 but they didn’t sell it so had to settle for an Orval with Loz having a Rochefort 10. This place looked grand and had an air of grace about it, the customers however were a mixed bunch, some looked the part, others like me and Loz looked the part of two drowned rats sheltering from greyness and dampness of a miserable Brussels December day. This place is well worth popping into, the gents toilets as I had read about were quite magnificent, maybe not quite up to the splendour of the Philharmonic in Liverpool but still impressive.
altonbrownd (199) Brussels, Belgium | August 2, 2011
40 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 7/20
Again an odd place for RateBeer. A restaurant across from the Bourse (stock exchange.) Nice art deco look and food robably okay but didn’t hang around much as beer menu unremarkable.
Maldrin (15) , Belgium | October 27, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Très bel endroit intemporel , mais sans intérêt au niveau de la bière.
A voir pour le décor.
Service classique de bonne qualité.
vanoilsjt (10) , Belgium | October 24, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with most of the comments: great place for a bit of time travel, not so good for beergeeks.
iammarc (10) Inverness, Scotland | August 15, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited recently for swift a Gueuze Lambic on holiday in Brussels. Fantastic oldy-worldy (as my wife called it) style interior, great banquette seating, and a reasonable beer menu. The staff are old-school, clad in waiter apron/tabard and very professional in their duties. Well worth a visit if you want to get into the feel of what it would be like to enter the early 20th Century.
JoeinEscazú (268) San Jose, Costa Rica | January 6, 2008
46 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
It’s one of several downtown Brussels bars where you can sip a Trappist and appreciate the atmosphere. I highly recommend investigating the impressive urinals as well. This is a fairly famous art nouveau cafe worth visiting in its own right. But no, this is no place to come and tick off beers.
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