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“TOURIST TRAP!”
Review of Le Saint-Laurent

Le Saint-Laurent
Ranked #2,922 of 3,557 Restaurants in Brussels
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“TOURIST TRAP!”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

My wife and I were looking for a place to eat in Brussels and decided to read the menus that were posted in front of each restaurant. Once we arrived at the St-Laurent, a couple of waiters came and convinced us to eat at their restaurant as they had the best paella in Brussels (apparently the chef is Spanish) and that they were going to give us a free drink, we foolishely agreed. Once we received our order we quickly realized that this was NOT a paella. it was a blend rice we raw seafood. We decided to share our dissatisfaction with the waiter and an other came to "his rescue" and became really agressive as if him bullying us would make us change our minds. All this to say that the food was sub par the service was even worse and the prices were simply exagerated.

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Restaurant of misleading people!”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

When you approach the restaurant, they are very friendly, trying to make you seat there... even proposing "free drinks".
When we set, the treatment changed 100%!
- The food was awful!
- The waiters were rude... sometimes we called them for service, they nodded, but waited for some women to pass, make comments to them in the street, and only then came to us... the waiter was leaning on my chair, sometimes
- We ordered the menu, and the desert was just a (Belgian) waffle; but this waffle was the same I buy in the supermarket, for 20 cents => really bad waffle
- When the bill came, it was added with a pen, around 10% for service. We did not know about this, but here in Belgium this is not allowed!! The service is supposed to be included.. we should have denied to pay that, but we werent sure about that... after we payed, we wanted to talk with the manager to check if this was correct. There was no manager, the waiter very rude said that this restaurant is from his father, and "he" is the manager... he almost kicked us out of the restaurant after that...
The worst restaurant I have ever been!! DO NOT GO THERE!

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank 313Rod_A
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Avoid this place!”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

We were tricked to have our first dinner in Brussels here and it was a disaster. They promised free drink so we went ahead and asked if they have spagetti bolognese. This was not on menu but the waiter promised it for 12€ which sounded reasonable. In the end we were charged 15€ a portion plus 7€ for "legumes". We thought this was some sort of service fee but translator told otherwise - it was for vegetables which we didn't order.

Never go here and I surely hope Belgian authorities are reading these reviews as well and close this scam down.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Antti M
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“SCAM”
Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

Caught in this giant scam, unfortunately the name of this nightmare restaurant is written inside... If you read it, you're already f**ked. :(
Same story, conman promised free drinks blabla... Ordered a special menu for 1 but we had the salad scam. Once the order was done I already found the trip advisor page but it was too late, we couldn't get out or cancel anything 'cause they were "already ordered in the machine"! In the end we paid 38€ for 4 frozen and dull prawns, an horrible paella and a regular mixed salad (9€ for that).
We left before the dessert... Before getting the f out of that place I threathened the conman to stay with him for 1 hour and advise ppl about the scam... He pushed me and other two waiters came after him shouting some arabic blabber.
Wish these guys the worst... Avoid this crap and if any autorities are going to read this: close this place down, as well as the other scam places in the same area!

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Thank symsixsixsix
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Richmond, Virginia
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Again - avoid at all costs”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

Went today - they tried the "credit card machine doesn't work" scam -- managed to force them to take a Visa card after refusing to "go to the cash machine with us" invitation. after much shouting and threatening on their part, they took the Visa (after refusing the Amex, despite the sign on the door). If you are caught in this scam, stand-up to the abuse and threats as they pass you from one person to the other. Eventually, they will take the card, but the best advice is to avoid.

this is clearly a very practiced scam that goes on in the Grand Palace area, though we had no trouble in a nearby restaurant the day before. STAY AWAY!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank doctortv
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