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Boulevard Saint-Michel 17, Brussels 1040, Belgium
02/735.49.89
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
There're many better restaurants around

This could be a cozy place with good food. It looks inviting from outside. But it isn't cozy at all. It seems like the staff tries hard to comfort the client, but it just doesn't come across. Then there is the somewhat strange decoration (Pieces of art which don't make you hungry). Another... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2013
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Brussels, Belgium
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I have been to the resto twice: once the food was good and the experience was OK, second time the food was terrible (seafood in milk!!!) and although I left 80% of the food untouched on the plate the service said "desolé" and charged us a full price. Should you be OK with that kind of treatment please enjoy the... More 

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Lasne, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The ambiance is top thanks to the great long time management of the open.. We will always be there.. Cheers and keep it ip

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Tallinn, Estonia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I have been in this restorant 2 times. Every time service was friendly and fast. I ate shrimp curry: it looked great and was very delicious.

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times for business lunches, and the food was always very tasty. As the other reviews mention, the menu is mixed Asian (Pad Thai, Peking duck,...) and European food (pasta and some typical Belgian dishes). I usually order one of the Asian dishes and I have never been disappointed. The portions are pretty... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I have known The Open for some two years (I live opposite it). I used to go there to eat quite frequently but it seems to have changed hands and the two waitresses that I liked - and who were efficient and pleasant - appear to have been sacked. It's an odd place - half the menu is traditional Belgian... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The waiters are friendly, the menu offering is sufficiently large- catering both western and Asian tastes , the food is usually good, and we are always served lunch extremely quickly. I have had lately that the food is somewhat too salty though - so I always insist on the dish being not too salty now. Bottom line: good for those... More 

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Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This could be a cozy place with good food. It looks inviting from outside. But it isn't cozy at all. It seems like the staff tries hard to comfort the client, but it just doesn't come across. Then there is the somewhat strange decoration (Pieces of art which don't make you hungry). Another reason might be the noise level (too... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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197 reviews 197 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Friendly Service (but uneven some of the staff is much better than others). The staf is open to substitutions (I always order the duck with red curry which is not on the menu but they never complain), The shrimp with lemon sauce appetizer was nice and well prepared but the chicken satay was a so so (the peanut sauce was... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The service and the crew is H O R R I B L E. They are anti social by the way they speak and act. They first scream at you to take your order "TOI MANGER QUOI" (you eat what) in a tone that would make any child cry and don't let you the time you need to choose. 1... More 

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2 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

We went there twice. The place offers an ample choice of food. We ordered Thai food, which surprised us pleasantly. However the mood got spoiled by the service, which first time was unpleasant, the second time plainly rude. There won't be the third time then...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Boulevard Saint-Michel 17, Brussels 1040, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: 02/735.49.89

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Asian

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