Theis (115) Frederiksberg, Denmark | March 24, 2008| Updated October 15, 2010
OK - this is a restaurent and not a beerbar, but what a place. We went there two times, first for dinner, second time for lunch. The service is perfectly arrogant and "french", as it should be, but they do have humor. The food is fantastic, we had rabbit in geuzesauce. Beerselection ok, they do have the housebeer: Betchard (Blonde & bruin) and 3 Fonteinen lambic and faro on draught. I love this place.
2008-02-28. Atmosphere is much nicer than I had pictured, its actually a very nice, romantic restaurant - take note if you are dragging your significant other along on your beer adventures, they should like this place a lot! Food was superb. We ordered a cheese fondue and were a bit surprised when we got what we later figured out were cheese croquettes. After our initial puzzlement we realized that they were simply awesome, and the best of the trip as it turned out. Highly recommended. I had lapin a la gueze which was lovely, though I kept forgetting it was not chicken. Mabel had pork medallions in a delicious beer sauce. Beer list is good though not extensive. The draft lambic and faro was the highlight, but there are nice trappists and others on their bottled list. Service varied from excellent to a bit abrupt depending who you were dealing with.
Want to have a real draft faro with your lapin a la kriek? This is the place to come. In our experience, the beer dishes and mussels have been winners, but the steaks are nothing special. Small and cramped, make a reservation. Some fun flambee desserts if you’ve still got room for them. Once we had to wait for 15 minutes despite a reservation, but they gave us a round of free beers to make up for it. Great beer selection for a good restaurant. (NOTE: The draft lambic and faro have recently switched from Cantillon to 3 Fonteinen. When I asked the waiter why--not that I was complaining--he just shrugged and said, "That’s between them and the owner." OK.)
French bistro décor. Chairs and tables are very small and low which make them uncomfortable. A bit too clustered. 6 taps including 2 Cantillon. About 100 or so bottles on the menu (average for a good Belgium restaurant). Some good selection (Carolus, Mortal, etc.) but they were out of all the good stuff I wanted. Not updating the beer menu seems to be a Belgium (mainly Brussels) tradition. I didn’t eat there but from what I could see the food was upscale but a bit $. Recommended for a nice diner but not worth adding to a pub-crawling itinerary. May I suggest the nice house beer “Betchard” which is exclusively brewed for this restaurant by Brasserie de la Senne (at least that was the case sept 2006).
I had a lovely meal here recently (in Brussels). I can still imagine the creamy mushroom sauce mede with lambic for their Chicken Spinnekopke...yum...tasty table bread and even good frites!
Beside good food, the owner has a house beer, Betchard, 5.5% Artisonale blonde contract brewed by Brasserie de la Senne - smooth, tasty like a saison with subtle fennel and other herbs.
This beer was not on the menu. On the menu were Cantillon lambic and faro on tap, a few others on tap, 11 Abbaye, 14 Trappists (the Westys had €5.5 scratched out and €10 or so hand written as updates), many big bottles and 36 artisanales, however, many they no longer carry.
The new goal is to open a new brewery in Tubize around June, and then a brasserie/cafe around December, and eventually a museum. They hope to export to the U.S.
this is more of an upscale restaurant then beer bar. which we werent aware of. they had a house apertif drink which was a white beer with gueuze. very nice. good beer selection with food pairings. knowledgable staff. was a little too snooty for me and expensive. nonetheless good authentic belgium food.
The food is excellent, the wait-staff is professional and knowledgeable, and the beer selection is quite good. And they make certain dishes with Belgian beers! There is also some outdoor seating available. A local institution. If you do the Cantillon brewery tour, you may see the painting there which shows people sitting outside this very restaurant. Their selection of Belgian beers is very good (though we also found that they lacked some of the listed beers we asked for); however, no place I’ve ever seen with a better selection also has the food to match.
kook (34) Perth, Western Australia, Australia | August 27, 2005
Great food, however I had a dissappointing meal. A broken piece of glass in my lambic sorbet ruined the meal. Otherwise, wonderful beer, wonderful food.