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“A pleasant stop after a walk or ride”
Review of Bootjeshuis - CLOSED

Bootjeshuis
Cuisines: Belgian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Ten years or so ago the Bootjes huis used to rent small boats for a tour on the lake. After the place burnt down, it was replaced by a modern restaurant with large windows and a terrace looking out over the lake. The atmosphere is bright, the decoration modern, and the seats comfortable. The dishes not only look good, but taste good as well, and the servings of spare ribs delightfully generous. The Argentinian house wine is nice and there is a fair choice of beers. No wonder, then, that on sunny Sundays, the place is crowded and one may have to wait for a table. But reservations are accepted. The staff is friendly and multilingual (with plenty of banter going on between the boys and girls) but neither efficient nor distinguished; and since passers-by imagine the restaurant's sanitary infrastructure is a public facility, the loo is a little less than clean towards the end of the day. But then again, this is a brasserie and not a luxury restaurant, and the food and view make up for any misgivings one might have.

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Thank JPGuillaume
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

What a pity that this lovely location is so badly let down by a really poor menu , high prices and miserable staff. having been a couple of times recently We won't bother going back because of the poor service. We asked the waiter if he could wipe our table which was still covered in food from the provious occupants and he audibly 'tutted' and rolled his eyes. This attitude continued throughout and every time we were brought part of our order something was missing. Drinks forgotten, cracked glasses, no milk with the coffee etc. everything was a hassle and having a waiter who clearly did not enjoy his job one bit added to the miserable experience. The service was slow and food , when it arrived, was dumped on one end of the table as the waiter turned his back and walked away.
The food was mediocre in quality but the prices were very high. A mid week lunchtime salad nicoise is never €20 in my world. The menu choices were very limited and frankly uninspiring.
Its a real shamne because the location on the side of the lake promises a lot but is let down by the whole package falling far short of expectations.

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3  Thank GS_Gecko
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The location of the Boot Huis with decking over the edge of the lake leading into the parkland and woodland of Tervuren has always been fantastic, the restaurant let itself down with appalling service up to a couple of years ago, as well reported on Tripadvisor.

There has been a fantastic improvement, with a good new menu and friendly staff offering excellent service. Investment has also been made improving the deck area.

It is most pleasant during the week and understandably rather busy at the weekend.

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1  Thank dwyerkev
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Only found this place by accident and had an excellent experience here. We sat down and our order was taken almost immediately. The white wine sangria was very good and the paella was delicious. Word of warning, they dont take credit cards so make sure you have cash with you to pay the bill.

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1  Thank lbrhants
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Went for lunch on a sunny Thursday and waited 45 minutes to get served two croque-monsieurs. One arrived not even toasted (it was a Hawaii with pineapple so had toasted cheese on top, but the bread was not toasted so the inside was not melted!!). Fries looked like we got the leftovers from someone else's order. Ordered a diet coke that never arrived, except on the bill. The location is great and the view is beautiful but I would NOT recommend going on a sunny day at lunchtime when it is busy!! When we asked after our order after waiting 30 minutes, we got a surly reply that it was on its way. Service, Belgian style on a bad day!!

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Thank Ellen33
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