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Deli, Portuguese
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed October 27, 2021 via mobile

The ambience and pasteis and coffee are very good. We were shocked to see the front staff pick up the pastries with her hand and place them direct on a metal tray not meant for good. She had just been handling phones to do Covid...check-in. In these covid times it is important to follow basic hygiene measures. I suggest other customers point this out to the staff until they change their ways. A pity to spoil the experience of a great place.More

Date of visit: October 2021
joaquim b, Owner at Forcado Saint-Gilles, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2021

Dear David, we are very strict on hygiene and are controlled every year on the matter and yes the metal tray is meant for good. FYI, only one hand is used for pastries and the other one is made for the rest (phone, coins, ...)...More

Reviewed June 19, 2021

We went there at lunchtime, initially to buy pasteis but finally we decided to eat some there too. The pasteis are excellent, tasty and freshly,made. We felt immediately welcome by the team and enjoyed our lunch there. They have different pastries, I tasted the original...pasteis, one with chocolate and a bolo de amendoa which was also excellent. A place to recommend if you want to feel like being in Portugal!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed April 8, 2021 via mobile

I’ve had Portuguese egg tarts before, but never ones like this; these are so insanely good. Fresh, flaky pastry holding a delicate, quivering egg cream with perfectly balanced flavours. Together with friendly, helpful service and a small selection of insanely delicious choices, this is a...great dessert option to take home or to the office. Full instructions on how to keep or freeze are on the box (don’t refrigerate!) I cannot wait until restos open again so I can sit and enjoy these with a coffee on the premises. A simple pleasure elevated to the sublime.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 7, 2020

Don't go to Forcado! I went earlier today (7/3/20) to Forcado for sweets and coffee for the first time. I queued to get them and I noticed that the server would serve the sweets by touching them with bare hands. When I asked him why...he wasn't using a metal pincer he replied, "why? I always do this way!" When I told him that he touches many surfaces and then he touches the sweets. He said that he uses his right hand only for the sweets and only the left for money. He seemed annoyed with my question. ! It was like a dialogue between deaf people. How much a metal pincer cost? What about some common sense and maybe politeness? I don't want to go back there!More

Date of visit: March 2020
joaquimb521, Owner at Forcado Saint-Gilles, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2020

Dear Natasa A, I'm sorry you feel this way, but let me assure you that we take hygiene very seriously. We are audited by AFSCA (Belgian hygiene department) on a regular basis and we've never had any remarks, only positive points. As explained very calmly...More

Reviewed October 1, 2019 via mobile

We stumbled upon this bakery / cafe having mistakenly read the map wrongly and gone south instead of north (don’t!). Our bad map reading led us to discover this gem and we returned the following day for more. The choice of products is small but...my they are all delicious! Particularly wonderful were the Portuguese custard tarts, with a citron version. If I lived in Brussels I’d be a very regular visitor.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 4, 2019 via mobile

Bumped into this portugese place on our way to the Horta Museum (which is a must see, by the way). Very kind service and the best pasta del nata we have eaten anywhere in Europe outside Portugal. Good selection of coffee and tea as well.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 12, 2019 via mobile

Top quality Portuguese food and friendly atmosphere, always a pleasure to make a break at Forcado. Recommendations include pastries, coffee, olive oil, wine, and much more...

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

Last year I celebrated my birthday in Lisbon and indulged in pasteis de nata. This year for my birthday in Belgium, I wanted to do the same! Did some research and found this place. I tried the original and the chocolate pasteis. The chocolate one...was decent, but the original was delicious! Reminded me of the ones I had in Lisbon. Delicious!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Coffee is on an average level and expensive. Cakes are on a good quality but really expensive. Classical Brussels type of a foreigner claiming to be master in quality, thinking to justify with this very expensive price level. The real portuguese patisserie is another story.

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed March 23, 2019

Friendly staff, nice ambience and great food. Visit without hesitation. Great to go before or after visit to Horta Museum.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Forcado Saint-Gilles is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5