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B. Cafe West
Posted by TimP on 10/17/2014
When a restaurant with a signature dish that depends on the day's catch - in this case, mussels - cannot get good quality product that day, it's a problem. When the servers don't tell you, it's a disaster. Yesterday, the mussels were microscopic, chewy little bits. Half the shells were empty. Granted, they had flavor. B Cafe knows how to cook mussels. But the experience was akin to chewing on bits of rubber to extract the flavor. On nights like these, you warn your patrons. Or discount the mussels by half. Do something! Otherwise, customers leave feeling ripped off for having spent $22 for very good French Fries, write reviews like this, and never come back.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/17/2014
We have been here many times. The brunch is very good - omelets and salads (order the dressing on the side) especially. There is an extensive beer menu. For dinner, it is best to stick with basics such as moules frites or hamburgers. The fries are among the best in town. However, the pork tenderloin had a sauce with a crazy amount of vinegar which also ruined the apples, onions and mushroom accompaniment. Ditto for the salmon with spinach which would have been good except for a very strange and overwhelming lemon sauce. The apple beignets were very bland and greasy and the tarte tatin was so-so.
Posted by connie day on 05/29/2013
The food we ordered all was excellent and exquisitely prepared. It was such a welcome treat on the upper Westside where five star food is hard to find in this current climate of diminishing restaurant standards.
Posted by AdamF on 02/25/2012
We had a terrific meal here after a recommendation from a friend. We found the atmosphere inviting - exposed brick wall in a long, narrow room. The beer selection is extensive and very good, and the staff knows the drink and food menus well. The food was excellent - my wife had the mussels mariniere and I had the burger. The fries were well cooked (crispy outside, fluffy inside). The apple beignets were well-made as well. We will definitely return.
Posted by Val Demetrescu on 08/30/2011
I went one evening and had a fresh white Leffe at the bar, I liked the atmosphere and came back with my wife for dinner: what a disaster the beer we tasted was old , most likely left over after the big storm, the appetizer with cheese sub average, the Belgian endives a catastrophy. the only thing OK were the mussels, even the fries as one of the guests next table pointed had no seasoning. Don't waste your money!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2011
I went in the early fall/late summer of 2010 for brunch and thought the brunch was much better than French Roast and I liked the real Belgium vibe and beer tastings.
Posted by anon. on 04/06/2011
If it was just about the food I would recommend this place for the mussels alone - but the service is poor. I made a reservation having been before, and knowing that it's not a big place...I got there 5 minutes early and was told that my table was not quite ready. OK I understand that I was early, but 40 minutes later I had had enough. It didn't help that they kept seating walk-ins rather than re-jiggering the table set up to accomodate my party of 4. I ended up walking out and don't think I'll be going back.