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“Good choice for lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Babeko

Babeko
Place St Catherine 26, Brussels 1000, Belgium
02 218 62 83
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Ranked #598 of 2,576 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $42
Cuisines: French, Belgian, Bistro, Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Babeko restaurant in the heart of Brussels, just a few steps outside Brussels��� very first city wall and near a dozen theatres, is a hotbed of creativity. Sited in an ancient building ��� the oak beams have been dated to 1567 ��� Babeko���s menu is rooted in timeless French techniques and draws inspiration from the rest of the world too. Each dish is arranged as a beautiful little sculpture on a smartly-designed plate with scribble of sauce. The ambience is vibrant and trendy, the d��cor a breathtaking modern interpolation into the old house. Private tables in the vaulted cellars are lit with scads of candles, while the sun pours down on the terrace outside.
Belgium
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Good choice for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Babeko keeps on surprising with their lunch. For 17 euros, you get a first course, main course, and a dessert.
For that price, you wouldn't expect much, but we've been there at least 10 times, and were pleasantly surprised every time. Every dish is well presented, and tastes very good.
Do not expect huge plates though, as portions are rather small.
Recommended !

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

Had lunch here yesterday - excellent value, great food and friendly service.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Raw chicken. No apology.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Just had set lunch deal. The main course, chicken wrappen in a kind of cling film with tomatoes and other vegetables looked good but after a few bites I noticed that the chicken was completely raw inside. Called the waiter and got a replacement, ie half a portion as I had already eaten some of the undercooked stuff and no apology at all. The sauce and vegetables tasted nice though… house white is overpriced.
It stuns me that a mistake like that is made with a set lunch deal with only a few customers. Time pressure and workload are no excuse in this scenario.
Mistakes can happen though but it's how - as a manger or waiter - you deal with it and for Babeko this seems to be "ignore it happened".

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Raw chicken. No apology.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

Just had set lunch deal. The main course, chicken wrappen in a kind of cling film with tomatoes and other vegetables looked good but after a few bites I noticed that the chicken was completely raw inside. Called the waiter and got a replacement, ie half a portion as I had already eaten some of the undercooked stuff and no apology at all. The sauce and vegetables tasted nice though… house white is overpriced.
It stuns me that a mistake like that is made with a set lunch deal with only a few customers. Time pressure and workload are no excuse in this scenario.
Mistakes can happen though but it's how - as a manger or waiter - you deal with it and for Babeko this seems to be "ignore it happened".

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bruxelles
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One time was OK. Two times will be too much.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

- Very noisy.
- Nice decor;
- Not a good selection for the house wine.
- Waiters friendly but too familiar.
- Inventive food but not worthy.
- At the end a bit of deception.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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