I was in Brussels on business, staying a few blocks away and decided to check out De Ultieme Hallucinatie by myself on Thursday evening around 9pm. The restaurant is in an old art nouveau townhouse and even the drainage grate on the sidewalk outside, and every little piece of hardware in the place is in the art nouveau style and probably original. I really enjoyed checking out those details, especially right in the entrance to the townhouse.
I was surprised that the restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating areas and is no small place was almost empty. There was a couple eating in one of the old train car booths and that was it. I kind of felt like a sucker, worried I was in a tourist trap that Belgians don't really eat at but I ended up having a kind of decent experience.
The waiter was so friendly and made me feel at home. I sat inside because it was a little chilly out. Had a glass of house wine that was really cheap and the waiter brought me good bread. The waiter saw I was alone and using my iPhone and he came over with a little piece of paper where he had handwritten the restaurant's WIFI password for me. So nice!
I'm a vegetarian which can be difficult in Brussels but I was excited to see a vegetarian lasagna on the menu. Unfortunately, what arrived was not at all what I would call vegetarian lasagna. It came quickly so it must have been frozen. The pasta layer was green, I think it was a spinach pasta and then there were lots of shredded greens in it, probably spinach but it had an unappealing flavor, possible that "been frozen for too long" taste. Maybe not a lot of people order it. The whole piece of "lasagna" was floating in a thick, buttery sauce. It did not feel wholesome or hardy, just too drenched in sauce and did not taste good. The couple across from me seemed like they were enjoying a meat dish with fries so I wonder if I just ordered a dud.
I do still have a soft spot for this place and would maybe even go back with someone if I were in Brussels again and try fries and some salad because my waiter and the other older gentleman who brought a few things to my table were very nice and the place has an almost haunted, old vibe. Also, the prices were low for Brussels.
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