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Posted by Anonymous on 01/18/2008
The food is good although our lamb ribs appetizer was so drenched in salt we couldn't even eat it. The beef cheek was rich and nicely cooked and fries were crispy. Service was terrible we were told that we HAD to order apps and dinner at the same time and felt completely rushed. Restaurant is extremely loud b/c of the way it's set up. I will not go back as there are plenty of other quality Belgium restaurants in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2008
This place has a great brunch on the weekend(good granola, and waffles) but the burger I had for dinner was mediocre at best. Even though the burger was bad, the french fries with the choice of dipping sauces are always welcome. Great [select]ion of Belgian Beers too.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/17/2007
I wasn't expecting much going in due to some mediocre reviews, but I have to say I was blown away by the food and the service. Contrary to another reviewers experience, the frites were perfect--thick cut, yet very crisp. The steak frites was absolutely the best I've had--I will have to return to see if I just got a luck cut, or if they truly have the secret to a great bar steak. The other dish I tried was the beef cheek, which was also delicious. As for the beer--the selection was great and the prices were decent. Service was friendly. The tab for two after tip came out to $85.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2007
Although the ambiance is fine with a crowded bar adding a "happening, alive" feeling to the surrounding restaurant area, the food is very greasy and heavy . This is a restaurant for the health conscious to avoid. Also, the service was more than lacking. We were in a large company, and arrived later as I am eight months pregnant. When we arrived, we considerately ordered right away and ate quickly as the waiter previously told us that we needed to give up the table at 9:00 for another reservation. When at 7 min. to 9:00 though I asked for a refill on my tea, stating that I would drink it in the five minutes we had left and give up the table as promised, the waiter rudely told us that we simply didn't have time and needed to leave. In a service oriented restaurant, the waitstaff would bring the tea and politely remind us of the next reservation and our need to please vacate the table at the time promised. Having already promised to do so and having already ordered and eaten quickly knowing the situation, the least they could have done is give me a refill on the tea as I had requested.
Posted by tsiblis on 10/29/2007
My husband and I hve been eager to try the place and made it tonight. What a huge disappointment. We started with the beet salad, which was really good and the fried shrimp appetizer (fair). The lamb ribs were horrible, overly seasoned and too hot even for those who like spicy foods. We moved on to the beef cheeks, which we left almost untouched. They're badly seasoned, cloying and drown the thick, tasteless fries to make them yet worse. We had the gnocchi appetizer, which was fair. At one point, I asked a waiter if we might have fries without the sauce and though we were spending plenty and had ordered more than two people generally do, he'd do it only if we paid for a side dish. Chairs are uncomfortable. There was an incredibly long wait between our appetizer course and the main course. The place is nicely done but cold. It didn't come through on any level and I'm hard pressed to understand how it got any decent reviews, which it did. It certainly doesn't deserve it and I'm glad I tried it before bringing foodie friends, who would (rightfully) have been annoyed by pretty much everything. It all felt unprofessional and as if they don't trust their ingredients so smother things in spices and sauce until they're totally overwhelmed.
Posted by foodie19 on 10/29/2007
Finally, Murray Hillers can eat at a place that has good food! Most of the restaurants in the area are definitely lacking, but I thought Resto had a lot of interesting dishes - definitely something that's missing in the area. The atmosphere is cute - rustic-contemporary. Try the pork toast and deviled egg and the Bitter Ballen (creamy meatballs). Both are excellent. The moules frites are also good, as you can choose what kind of dipping sauces for your fries and there are several sauces for cooking the mussels as well. Their beer selection is also superb. This is a great place to bring your friends to share small dishes and have a few beers. I do not recommend the brunch though. I went on a Saturday afternoon around 12 and I was surprised it was empty... but after tasting my eggs benedict and salad, i realized why. The salad was so acidic because the dressing was almost pure lemon juice so I couldn't eat it. And the eggs benedict was tasteless. On the contrary, my friend ordered an egg white frittata and it was far too salty. Skip brunch and head straight to this place after work for dinner! You won't regret it!
Posted by SandraD on 10/11/2007
Get the burger! So good... Also the Bitter Ballen, I have no idea what they are, but they are so good. Hot, cheesy, and melty... Service was fine. Had to wait for a seat, but it was worth it. Ambiance was cool, kind of like the place belonged in the LES.