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Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Lies! Lies at La Terrasse!

Posted by pieguybxl on November 20, 2009

I call BS.  Around lunchtime at La Terrasse by Merode, a sign clearly indicated that mussels were available inside, and my friends visiting from outside Belgium had quite the hankering for some mussels.

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When we sat down on the pleasant outdoor terrace surrounded by hedges and asked for them, the waitress said that unfortunately they had just run out.  C’est dommage! So instead we ordered the carbonnade (~12 euros), which is, for the record, visually appealing but much better elsewhere.

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Ten minutes into our meal, a bunch of francophones came in to eat, and lo and behold, they received a bucket of mussels.

Blast!  No mussels, my queue.

Maybe they had pre-ordered the mussels before coming in, but I don’t know.  Maybe the afternoon waitress doesn’t like foreigners.  Despite the charming atmosphere, the quality of the food is hit-or-miss here, anyway, so this adds one more reason to skip eating here sometimes.  They once replaced the burger meat with a slab of meatloaf, which was pretty bad.  Then again, the fried chicken burger is good.  Ah, consistently inconsistent.

La Terrasse
Avenue des Celtes 1, Etterbeek

Food: B
Atmosphere: A
Service: B-
Languages: French, English

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2 Responses to “Lies! Lies at La Terrasse!”

  1. Patrick said

    You can’t go wrong with the “terrasse burger” there, and the stoemp is pretty good as well. As for the mussels, sounds like typical belgian service!

    • pieguybxl said

      When the burger is good, it’s really good! But unfortunately I’ve seen it bad, too — and my meatloaf-instead-of-beef-patty incident is not the only time I’ve had an underwhelming burger there…

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