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“expensive and pushy”
Review of Coin De Mer

Coin De Mer
Ranked #2,978 of 3,797 Restaurants in Brussels
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We were ready to eat and got caught off guard by the charms of the aproned man outside and decided to go in. The menu is expensive. Cheapest wine is €29 and it's a bog standard Beaujolais Villages. Found the Belgian specialities on the back page which were less eye-wateringly pricey and chose those. The steak was good, the pork was good. No complaints with the food. The card machine was 'broken' and we had to go to a cashpoint to get enough cash to pay. Looking back on some old reviews their machine seems to be regularly out of order. Hmmm. This is an expensive tourist trap and you can do better at many places close by. Dinner for two cost €80. That's for a single course and a shared bottle. No entrees, no pud, no coffee. Nada.

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Thank NickOakley
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We ended up here because the place we really wanted to eat in the Ilot Sacre was jammed. We knew we were taking a chance, because this adorable jumble of little streets is one big tourist trap. The service was friendly and my partner thought her dish was decent. Unfortunately my paella was really terrible. Lesson learned: Get a recommendation if you're going to eat in the Ilot Sacre and make a reservation so you're not left to your own devices.

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Thank slsnyc
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

In the oldest part of Brussels, where the cobblestone streets wind and turn to reveal beautiful old buildings around every corner, there is a series of small streets that are lined with restaurants. Outside many of them are staff positioned to entice passers-by into their establishment for a meal. Some of them at pretty aggressive and almost won't take no for an answer. Contrast that with the welcome of the gentleman standing outside Coin De Mer. He is a classy, elegant fellow with a kind and polite manner. My friend and I were happy to step inside the Coin De Mer and we were not disappointed in any way. Small and delicious complimentary drinks to start and excellent service throughout. I had the garlic and cream mussels accompanied by fabulous and crispy frites, a fine wine and a tasty cappucino to finish with yet another small complimentary drink, this time a delicious lemon liqueur. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

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Thank anne m
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Extremely unimpressed with the service. Very slow and unfriendly. Didn't get the free drinks that we were promised. Everyone seemed to be getting the wrong meals. Not good value for money and would not recommend this restaurant at all!

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Thank Lindsey D
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

This restaurant is one of dozens in the restaurant row near the Grand Place in Brussels. They all have an employee standing outside who works hard to get you to go in. If only this restaurant worked as hard to satisfy you once you are in. The waiter found time in his busy schedule to come over and take our order and then disappeared. He served a basket of bread and a soup, but never checked back to see if the soup was good. We then sat for an hour, ignored, with no offers to refill either the bread basket or our water. Finally, after flagging down the waiter, he brought more but looked like we were complete jerks for asking. When the food arrived, it was mediocre.

This restaurant simply doesn't deliver on the hype.

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Thank MarkHazelbaker
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