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Archive for December 7th, 2008

Go for the hot chocolate alone.

Posted by spacemonkey99 on December 7, 2008

Sometimes being a cut above the rest is in the small things. It could be the joking waiter, the chilled beer served at just the right temperature or the perfectly crisp, slightly salted french fries. For the most part what differentiates L’Ultime Atome from its plentiful counterparts is in the small things. The menu spans the usual array of fish, meat, and pasta dishes. On average, the quality of food is just that, average. Yet this resto-bar is hugely popular and is always at least half-full, even on a Sunday. This could be due partially to the ideal location on Saint Boniface, the fact that it is one of the only places open on a Sunday in this area of town or the large array of beers listed on the menu. What attracts this hungry customer again and again is the large, spacey interior, the smoke- and blasting disco music- free environment, and the excellent and price worthy hot chocolate. These may seem to be small details, but in a city full of to the brim of restaurants, bars and cafes, one has to differentiate on the small things.

Recommended dishes include the beef carbonnade (13 euros) and chicken mushroom sauce (15 euros). Pass on the overcooked pasta (10-13 euros) and the overpriced starters (10-12 euros). Beers are served nicely chilled, coffees are excellent and the house hot chocolate arrives with steaming milk and a side of dark chocolate to mix in at savoury and pleasurely will.

L’Ultime Atome, Rue Saint Boniface 14, 1050 Elsene

Food: B+

Drink: A+
Service: C+
Atmosphere: A-
Languages: French, English
Other factors: Non-smoking

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