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“Was I being conned/played here? Or just misunderstandings.”
Review of La Ptite Croquette

La Ptite Croquette
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $31
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Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

I was staying at chateau de la post. They had buffet at 37€ per person. To much for my wife pricewise and a buffet style dining. So we were looking for something else. This restaurant caught my eye. A meat centric restaurant. So was an weasy choice. In Belgium the food price is quite expensive, but the portions are huge. So we always do the following. Share first course and dessert and each take a main course. Normally this means I have the menu at 35€ for 3 course and a main course for my wife. There is something strange in Belgium. This country has 2 main languages. Flemish/Dutch and French. I can speak Dutch so in Flemish Belgium I have no problem communicating. What I found strange was in Walloon where French is the Maine language they have more problems speaking Flemish than English. Here there was the problem. Only French menu and they were not able to explain in Flemish or English. Wow. How is it possible in this age?!
In Europe even the French can speak English now and it’s quite normal than people can speak 2 languages fluently and 1/2 more at high school level.
Here only option was French.
People and place seems quite nice. If you can sit outside if it’s sunny.

They didn’t have any menu only a written menu on the blackboard. Unfortunately when something is handwritten it’s not clear for me and turns out for the waiter.
I explained that I will order the menu, but my wife wants either a entree or a main course ala carts.
She was looking at the hamburger. Looking good at 15€ or a fish. They had 2 tuna dishes. Tuna steak at 28€ and something called “piece thon” at 14€. I asked what it was and the waiter explained a piece of tuna and u get two pieces. So let’s try that.

Entree we chose the crispy battered mussels with home made tartare. Portion was quite big and easy to share. At10€ is big enough for a main course. Very well made, fresh and tasty.

Main course I wanted a steak. Plenty of choices. The pave , brochette (beef on stick/satay) and tagliatta (sliced steak with salad Tuscan special) was all included in the menu.for extra 16 or 6€you could get a Côte os (tbone) or Irish entrecôte (ribeye)
I chose the entrecôte and ordered it medium.
My wife chose the “piece thon”.

When the mains arrived we were pleasantly surprised. The steak looked good. To me it was more like medium rare than medium. The meat was not aged at all. (Dry or wet)quite disappointing as this is quite usual in belgium now.

The tuna dish was 2 big pieces of tuna. Very nicely cooked. Quite raw in the middle. This was not what we expected. My wife doesn’t like raw fish. And tbh it was quite raw for me too. Middle was quite cold. Cooked rare.
So she was unhappy and I had a strange feeling that this was actually the more expensive tuna steak than the 14€ tuna dish.

After we finished I asked about the dessert and instead got the bill. The bill was all priced ala carte and not as menu and of course we were given the tuna steak at 28€. I was starting to get the feeling I was being screwed over here. So I asked for the dessert and I got the ala carte dessert menu. They didn’t explain what was on the board and also how it works when combining with the menu. Dessert menu looks great btw. But by now I had a nasty feeling that I was being conned. Like in the old days in 80s Paris where you order food at a restaurant where you can’t speak the language and by misunderstanding you order the most expensive dish on the menu and that somehow the menu that you were ordering doesn’t work for you but somehow you ordered ala carte. This unfortunately still happens now. But mostly that’s in 3rd world country and/or a tourist trap. It has been years, maybe decades this has happens to me. Because of experience but also internet and TA.
So in the end I didn’t want to create a scene and cancelled the dessert and paid the ala carte prices. I was done.
I asked the waiter about the 14€ tuna because that’s what I ordered. He of course didn’t comprehend the misunderstanding. It turns out the 14€ dish was also tuna but it was not piece of tuna but a peche thon. 2 pieces of peaches with tuna salad on top. Yikes never heard about this dish before. Certainly not as a main course.
Anyway I gave a 2€ tip. I am not sure if I was screwed over here or it was a case of misunderstandings.
In the end it was quite expensive dinner and even though what was cooked was good, it had a terrible aftertaste. So bad I write this review. It’s a good restaurant and pricewise is par for Belgium. But if you can’t speak French there is a risk that what happened to me can happen to you.
I suggest avoid there are plenty of great places in this area.

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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I were traveling from Dinant on a Sunday evening, we did not expect to see much open. We stumbled upon this restaurant by accident and gave it a try. We are so happy that we did! From the moment we were greeted we felt welcome, taken care of, and at home.

Since we do not speak French, our server tried his best but he had a chef help him who was so warm and friendly in helping us understand the menu. He had suggestions for us and really took extra time to answer our questions and explained menu options.

The food was absolutely amazing!

It is obvious this place is a popular spot, as the evening went on the dining room became filled and we felt very relaxed, and unrushed.

I was in Belgium for over a week and out of all of the dining experiences I had, this one stands out as my favorite because it is such a charming authentic restaurant with a stellar staff.

Hats off to the chef and staff!

Thank Holly L
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Located just outside Namur along the river it is a little charming restaurant and take away. Absolutely great food, bang on service and value for money.

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