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Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Archive for December, 2008

Love the salad. Beware the rash.

Posted by spacemonkey99 on December 21, 2008

On a small corner, off a side street from the main square in the Sablon, sits a small restaurant called Le Perroquet. The first time I went there, sitting with my steaming lasagna (8 euros) on a cold February day, I already liked it. Although they do have the occasional warm dish, the house specialties are pitas and salads. The pitas (5-7 euros) are delicious and offer plenty of creative variety that include meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetable and some delectable side sauces. Unfortunately, for the quantity that you receive, they are some what over-priced. The salads (10-14 euros) are excellent: large, scrumptious and filling.

In spite of this mainly positive review I must warn fellow salad and pita lovers: I have come away, on separate occasions, both with a painful bellyache and with a strange, itchy rash. This hungry diner thinks perhaps there may be a cleanliness problem at this restaurant.  Additionally, the service could do with a smile and a friendly hello.

Le Perroquet, 31 Rue Watteustraat, 1000 Brussels

Food: B+
Service: C
Value for Money: B
Atmosphere: B
Languages: French

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Posted by Pi on December 20, 2008

Rue de Celtes, Etterbeek, Brussels
and other locations

Belgian ice cream never tasted so good. As a former ice cream shop employee, I have become somewhat the connoisseur of frozen treats. Out of all that I’ve tasted around here, Capoue is in the upper crust.

For the price, it had better be. One box of the homemade ice cream (~€6.50) has about 4-10 servings, depending on the strength of your sweet tooth, and is slightly smaller than what you can buy at the supermarket. What it may lack in quantity certainly is made up by quality. The truly Belgian speculoos ice cream is a personal favorite, though very sweet, as is the pistachio flavor that features a truly smooth and subtle nuttiness. I have not tried all the flavors in its long menu, nor have I eaten inside the dining space yet, but feel free to try them out for yourself.

Get a cone from the front window sometime for you and your friend, for just a few euros. Be and eat rich for a while.

Food: A+

Languages spoken: French

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Posted by Pi on December 18, 2008

This smoothie juice box product is available in multiple gas stations around Europe.   What’s the verdict?  Brucru says: Apparently, it’s: Eh. 

Not bad, but not as good as the packaging might make you think.


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Mediterranean Herb Baked Lays

Posted by Pi on December 17, 2008

Tasty flavors with 70% less fat!  And probably the same amount of salt, but what are you gonna do?

As snack foods go, these Mediterranean Herb Baked Lays are pretty good.  Not as sumptuous as the Roasted Herb Chicken flavor that you can find in your local GB or Delhaize, but still a great bag of chips, or crisps, if you prefer.  Brucru did good in buying these!


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L’Ultime Atome: redux

Posted by Pi on December 15, 2008

Every time I go to L’Ultime Atome at St. Boniface, I hear and have reason for mixed reviews of the place. But as the consistent crowds of patrons suggest, I must keep on going over and over to form a final conclusion. What is its charm? What draws us expatriates and foreigners there by the throngs, young and old, single and attached, to mingle among the Belgians?

Perhaps it’s the large and friendly atmosphere, with sun through all the windows in place of walls during the day and bright warm lighting at night. It could be the mixed crowd, itself, made of professionals, families, locals, and harried waitstaff. I’d say it’s their consistently tasty desserts, myself. I’m partial to their apple pie and ice cream, even though that is such the safe choice here in Brussels.

As good as the atmosphere, crowd, and desserts are, however, I wonder how to excuse other issues. Their main dishes are good but not great. Service often is classically Belgian – slow and frequently involving irritated servers – even on weekend mornings when crowds start thin. We go there group after group, but I can’t help but question if social pressure is really causing this.

Is there more to the place than that? I would go there again to think about it, likely over a rich mug of hot milk blessed with spoonfuls of chocolate chips.

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