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“Not so great” 2 of 5 stars
Review of SALE PEPE & ROSMARINO

SALE PEPE & ROSMARINO
Rue Berckmans 98, Brussels 1060, Belgium
+322.538.90.63
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Ranked #814 of 2,570 Restaurants in Brussels
Price range: $20 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Brussels, Belgium
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not so great”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

To be sure this is a very cosy niche and well-situated for those who live in the somewhat barren Sint-Gillis.

A disappointment, however, compared to fellow travellers' enthusiasms.

Gamberi al limone. We were warned that the plates were "very very hot". Well mine was hottish at one end but cold at the other. The prawns were on the leathery side and not as hot as they should have been. On the evidence I suspect that they had sat on a hot plate in the kitchen for a while but the hot plate was not so hot....flavour OK.

Saltimbocca......classically these are rolled layered with fresh sage leaf, proscuitto and then the veal escalope which is then tied before being cooked in the pan...these were flat and overcooked, the saltiness of the prosciutto thus coming out of the ham and being the predominant flavour, instead of fusing with the veal and sage if cooked in a rolled up fashion.

Oddly, served with spaghetti rather than a nice green salad.

We had nothing especially extravagant, but still €140 for three. Not, I think, great value for money.

Service? Slow and, Oh dear!, two more miserable waitresses it is difficult to imagine. As a result there was a sense of people getting a move-on and making a dash for the exit, so poor an atmosphere did they exude. A smile and perhaps a smidgen of human empathy works wonders. As it was, no tip.

The espresso was first class. Pity that it was difficult to enjoy, so great was the desire to leave the company of these two miserable serving girls....

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Cosy Neighbourhood Restaurant Serving Classic Delicious Italian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

This is a typical little hidden away Brussels neighbourhood restaurant serving excellent Italian food. The pasta is hand-made and silky smooth. The portions are generous and the flavours are perfect. The service is friendly and helpful. It is small and intimate with a minimal decor. The emphasis is all on the excellent food.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alicante, Spain
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“freshly made Zabaione just for you - can´t get that everywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

my place for discovering Italian food in Brussels: a great variety of pasta dishes and risottos and for a change none of the usual suspects. every time al dente and succulent. with truffels, with sepia ink, with fish, with meat and NOT drowned in cream - just delicious! last time we ordered Zabaione for dessert because we saw everyone around us eat it. It came still warm and freshly whipped out of the kitchen. the place is fairly small and they crammed in the maximum amount of tables, so don´t expect too much privacy there. However, with all the candles and the relaxed, cheerful atmosphere it is still a great place for either a romantic dinner or with a group of friends. anything goes in that unique little place.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

A little crowded, but worth the try. Either you have to go before 7:30 or after 9:30. We chose the later, but close to the hotel and they booked for us since we were late back. Good Food at a good price, but the place is good interesting not bad interesting, but nevertheless the only word I can think of that describes it is 'interesting'.

Visited April 2012
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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“Authentic, Great food, friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

I wanted a restaurant in the Saint Gilles area and based on the overall good impression for this restaurant chose Sale Pepe & Rosmarino. I am very glad I did because the food was excellent and, even though I was eating alone, it was a nice evening witha good atmosphere. Service was good but not pushy - if you want something then you need to ask not wait to be asked - but when you ask they were quick and friendly. Food was great with a nice choice of starters, pasta, meat and fish. As mentioned by others this is shown via a blackboard but the waiter, realising I didn't speak Italian or French was happy to make suggestions and explain some of the things I couldn't decipher. I would certainly recommend this restaurant and visit again when in this area.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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