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“Mechelen Magic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Belge

Cafe Belge
Grote Markt 9, Mechelen 2800, Belgium
+32 15 63 72 66
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Ranked #2 of 152 Restaurants in Mechelen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $39
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Mechelen Magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Was greeted by very friendly waiter, who kindly offered to translate the menu into English and carefully explained the various dishes. A good variety was available and I plumped for the chicken fillet with caramelised sauce and french fries, which I cannot recommend highly enough. This meal was cooked to perfection, tasted beautiful and was plentiful in quantity. I then took the chocolate tart for dessert, which has to be tried to be believed- fantastic. So good in fact, that I went back for a second visit with a colleague where we both had another great meal. The manager was most welcoming and even helped with advice on travelling to nearby Leuven. The restaurant is clean, modern, stylish and very good value. I was made to feel at home here and will certainly return if I ever have the good fortune to be back in Mechelen again. Try the magic for yourself here.....

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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Mechelen, B
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95 reviews 95 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Asset to Mechelen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Food is not very cheap, portions not very large, but the quality is significantly better than what you normally find in Mechelen. We had a tasty and original meal here, and will certainly return.

One negative point is that if they aspire to be a more modern restaurant than the average brasserie, they really should expand their veggie options; the offering for vegetarians is ridiculously limited.

Visited August 2013
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Holbeach
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9 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The food was presented very well though we had a local friend with us to translate the menu. Very stylish and extremely clean establishment. The Italian dish I had was superb and very good quality.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“A classy (but not too posh) option for Mechelen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I had a business lunch in this hotel with three other people. Although the menu was not in English the waiter kindly explained all options to us. It is typical local food but presented in a very nice way. Excellent wine list, lovely service, I had vol au vent and salmon tartar, loved both. I definitely recommend it for a business meal, it is an elegant place but it does not get to your nerves for being pretentious or too posh.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Antwerp, Belgium
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant with welcoming family feel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

From Antwerp, Brussels or Leuven it's only a short drive to Mechelen where you'll find this lovely restaurant right on the main square of the city. On entering the recently renovated trendy yet classy building, the owner welcomingly greets you and leads you to your table. We just went for an aperitif and sat at a high table with stools at the back of the ground floor restaurant, facing the bar. The bar is beautifully decorated and well equipped. The latte is handmade and does not come squirting out of a machine. The tapas dish we ordered makes us believe the rest of the food is also of a high standard. Well presented, well balanced and yummy. Prices seem very reasonable and service is very friendly. Trendy place for a family gathering or dinner with friends: highly recommend it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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