Fin (1048) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 29, 2015
Me and Loz visited Ultime Atome on Saturday 21st March 2015. First time that we’d been here in an area which was hitherto unexplored by us. Crikey this is a very busy café bar, it’s situated on a corner. This is also a very large place, the bar is centrally positioned with lots of tables all around. The place is mainly food orientated but it’s perfectly fine just to have a beer. It’s a very mixed clientele but there are lots of young families in here today. We were impressed with the prices which were very good, in fact Orval for €3.50 and Rochefort 10 €3.50 is pretty damn impressive, compare this with the ludicrously over priced Paon Royale in St Catherines which has Orval at over €6. The food looked good pizzas looked particularly impressive. The staff were really busy, but they had time for you and certainly knew their stuff. Quite liked it here, may eat here next time.
I came here a few times because the quality of the food here is great considering the price. And maybe also because I was staying at a hotel in Ixelles, which made it a very short walk away. The beer selection is average, but big enough to have found something new to try every day that I stopped by. The atmosphere of the place was warm and relatively spacious considering the number of people coming in to eat, but the smoke from the smoking-lounge kind of seeps in to the whole restaurant. The service was also a bit of an anomaly. I speak French but choose not to when I’m in company of others who don’t, but the waitress who served us every time that we stopped by would not speak to us in any other language than French, even though the others in my party made it clear every time that they could not understand her. It was sort of funny, but I could imagine being really frustrated in most other circumstances. If I were in Flanders, for example, I would have had to just leave if somebody could only communicate to me in Flemish!
Hit this place after a Sunday morning of market stall and antique shop staring, we’d walked miles and were getting thirsty: our mission was to ’do’ Ixelles during the afternoon, from here it was a further walk down to Cafe Belga before finding Les Brassins for our evening meal. sadly Beermania doesn’t open on Sundays or we could have done four places.
This bar close to St Boniface Church is an open plan, very plain almost boring place to look at, both inside and out. Cafe style in layout, decor and furnishings as basic as they come. My wife didn’t like it at all.
The service was friendly and the joint was slowly filling up with families having Sunday lunch outings. I had their last bottle of ’De Konnick’ and the wife a ’Palm’. Well behaved children now seemed to be the main customers, sat with their casually dressed young parents. We had eaten at a stall a little earlier, so didn’t eat anything here. What food we saw however, looked good.
The beer list wasn’t very interesting and although the bar is obviously popular with locals it isn’t the sort of place a ’beerhunter’ would find inspiring enough to stay long, so we left.
Other reviewers have stated how large the beerlist was, we were given a pretty large menu, but with very few beers on it. Having been given the last bottle of De Konnick might be an indication the beers aren’t so important here any more
This place is located in the middle of the African part of the city. I must have just missed BelgaBart or maybe we were both there and did not know it. Anyway the place itself is not bad. A little run down but ok. Beer selection outside of Belgium would be sought after but in the city there are much better places. I can say for Brussels it was cheap. Ok if your in that area of town but don’t seek it out.