Belgium > Brussels
drpimento (131) La Crosse, Wisconsin | January 28, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
lovely old classy place, great food and service. good beer (of course)
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.
BlackHaddock (228) , 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!
detroitsteel (21) , England | January 30, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant bar for having a slow Orval and losing a hour or two. Its like stepping back 100 years - original fittings, attentive waiters decked out in full apron, old boys at the back having lunch. Not the deepest beer selection, bit pricy, but so what - this is a real treat.
Boutip (53) Gatineau, Quebec | June 30, 2004
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place is a great 1850’s cafe beside the old Bourse in Brussels. It is a 5-minute walk from the Grand Place. The place has been opened for close to 150 years with almost no change in the decor. The choice of beer is limited but the service is great. This is more of a must see place for the beauty of the architecture and the nice terrace then for the beer selection. Nice place to sip a beer before going out afterward to one of the trendy bar or the nice restaurants beside this café.
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.
hughie (25) Bedford, England | August 27, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
In this world of changing fashions this place is an utter delight. You would be hard pressed to find a London pub or North American bar with the original Victorian fixtures and fittings like Le Cirio. Even the toilet facilities were antique. The waiter was an elderly gent who took a lot of trouble to help me choose a beer, carefully explaining the differences between them.
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.
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.
JCB (174) 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.
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