Belgium > Brussels
t0rin0 (1470) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 19, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited in October 2012.
I had heard good things about this place way back when during my time on BA. Now, after having visited it the most interesting thing aside from the creepy clown paraphernalia all over the place and the obscure beers available was the hike up here from Le Poechenellekelder. To say we took the scenic route may be an understatement. We walked all over the place, way out of the way, and eventually found our way. I guess it was fine since we got to see some of the old town and some college hazing but we were all kind of fed up and wanted to just get to the damn restaurant by that point.
Inside the restaurant is a bit barren. Very open with the clown dolls scattered around. I didnít have much issue with the service here. Maybe the server wasnít super friendly but he wasnít rude. The bottle list was interesting. I didnít find the special Cantillon (another variation on Cuvee de Champions) or any obscure Fantomes but they had a bunch of stuff that I had never heard of so I got a saison. There wasnít much to pick from on the menu but the spaghetti was gigantic. I hadnít eaten all day and in my obesity I managed to finish most of it but that is enough food for 2 or 3 people.
I think Iíll have to stop back in one more time and scour the bottle list a bit better because there are some neat things in there, but this isnít the premier beer nerd destination, at least not any more.
Gerbeer (84) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 20, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good mix of beer and food. A couple of hard to get bottles made the trip worthwhile.
Ktwse (60) , Sweden | September 19, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place with a fairly good selection of Belgian beer. The place lopks more like a cheap Thai restaurant but staff is friendly and knowlesgeable. Food is quite good.
Brigadier (287) Clevelandish, Ohio | July 8, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
This was by far my favorite stop in Brussels. It had just opened so the place was quiet enough to carry on a conversation. It might get busier later in the evenings. The beer selection might not be as deep as other bars but nothing was filler. Likewise prices felt a bit more reasonable compared to the city center. As a bonus you can get a draft of a house special only available locally. Be sure to order food as well since everything is made with Belgian beers and portions are very fairly sized.
fantti (73) , Finland | June 9, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited in may 2011. Wide selection of Belgian beers, with some rarities. Good service and clean place. Worth a visit in Brussels.
gormanb (27) Bowling Green, Ohio | May 29, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place. good list of bottle and fresh lambic from the pitcher. Drafts are always nicely chosen, but theyíre not many. I had an exclusive there (brewed only for this bar) and it was quite nice. I didnít try the food because it was a bit expensive (for me, at least) but it sounded interesting because itís all made with beer! Overall, its a nice place to hang out with locals and have a great beer.
vajardin (1) | May 16, 2013
20 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
Of all the times we tried to go to this restaurant, only one time was it actually open. I think that counts for a lot! I am tired of looking at the sign in the door that tells the days and hours and verifying that we are inside one of those times and days and it is not open. It is not conveniently located, so when I walk up many stairs and much distance to get there and it is closed with no explanation, I have to say I am disappointed. One time it was actually open and it was a pleasant enough experience with decent food and nice beer, but that does not make up for the other five attempts and fails.
Svesse (235) Hšsselby, Sweden | January 21, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
(Visited July 2012) Nice bar and restaurant in the upper part of the city, a fair walk uphill from Grand Place and most of the other beer places of interest. Six draught beers, of which some are probably rotating guest beers (tried the Keyte Oostende Dobbel-Tripel and Saint Monon Ambrťe on my visit). Quite an impressive list of Belgian bottled beers (the list on the web page doesnít seem to be accurate though). Efficient and knowledgeable service. Didnít try the food, but it looked nice. Itís definitely worth a walk.
77ships (122) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 23, 2012| Updated November 24, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Been here half a dozen times or so. Not sure where to start here but I assume that there are two things that need to be noted first. 1) there spaghetti Bolognese is huge, delicious & very well priced, recommended 2) even by Belgian standards this place has truly terrible service & I donít have the highest standards. Either the guy who runs this place is rude or I am frequently very rude to him but one of us has to be the rude one. For instance I asked him for 75 cl. bottle & 3 glasses whilst being with four people Ė I received 2 glasses when I asked for a 3th one I received a lecture & he got mad. Other time I saw someone ask him for a beer, after waiting for 15 min. he raised his hand to ask again which is something I would do as well, he yelled at him for being impolite & an asshole & threw him out of the place. A co-worker of mine wanted a really sweet beer, I order a Lindemans faro which he liked. Upon ordering I got a whole lecture how I knew nothing about beer, that it is not a real Brussels beer (which it totally is etc.) I have been criticized for my lack of beer knowledge, taste etc. Other than that, the clown theme is a bit odd & sort of works for me. The prices are not too bad. The beer selection containes nothing really rare but does have a solid Belgian list, most things on it are good & I can usually pick up a new beer or so. Every month he will have a couple of guest beers & new beers. It is not too bad of a place to have a solid Belgian beer, eat spaghetti & I have accepted the fact that I keep insulting & angering him, I ignore his reactions, donít listen to him and will keep doing so until he finally decides to ban me. //// Lowered the score again after a recent visit. We ate here, asked for a second beer twice which we never received & no mention was made of it when we paid. He clearly wanted us out of the place without any clear reason.
kraddel (203) some beerplace , Belgium | December 4, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
came there for the inpossible ! ( due to their site they had cantillon loerik for 25, wich obviously isnt right) . they brutaly told me that it aint available since six year and they íhadnít had time to update the site yetí ( in 6 years? realy? ) the bartender/ ober also became quite furious when we asked for the third glass since he onley gave us 2 when we asked 3 for a big bottle split ( somebodyís gotta work at his fury man ! ) asking the ( wrong prized ! ) most vintage cantillon i got one from a year older than asked ( due to him, cause i diont get to see any cork or something to proof it, something i should think youíd have to give when the costumer pays this much extra for onley the vintage factor, as far as i know he could have ripped me of some years)
the food was nice, prices are very do-able. but pleas, asking 5 things of wich 4 coulídnt be done? fix your site, your menu and definetly your additude !
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