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“Worst service in Europe.”
Review of De Skieven Architek - CLOSED

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De Skieven Architek
Cuisines: Belgian
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Staff so arrogant and rude,service just appalling.waited 15 minutes after asking for the menu and drinks,to then wait 35 minutes for the starter,and 40 minutes for our main course which was wrong only to be told we didn't. Order our food correctly.that was the final insult.filthy bathrooms no soap,towels or wc paper.this place is a metaphor for the belgian nation.i always thought bad service was a French speciality but Belgium wins comfortably by far.no wonder their country is in such a mess.

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1  Thank Sewageworker
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

myself and friends have visited here twice per year for the last 5-6 years and we don't recognise the negative comments written below. Yes, it's sometimes quiet with no jukebox nor piped music but we think this is good. We have been there with only a few other customers and its always better when there are more to make a convivial atmosphere but in a sense, its pot luck who is in there at any one time.

To correct one comment: some of the beers here are brewed especially by a local craft brewery for this place and these are very good indeed. The food is some of the best in the city sub-20 Euro (for a main course) especially the Flemish stew (which having had several variations is the best; an old family recipe).

Anyhow, it was a family run place until late last year (at least) when we understand it got new owners. Sadly, for us anyhow, when we went there last week it was closed. Hopefully not permanently.

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1  Thank david n
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Being architects, me and my friends thought it would be really cool to have a drink at De Skieven Architek.... Well, it was terrible.
It looks allright from the outside, so we went in. The atmosphere was horrible, though.
There were appr. 12 people in there and it was even quieter than in a church!
No music, no laughter, no nothing. I felt like I had to start whispering or that we were not welcome at the least. I wanted to turn back at once.
But some of my friends did want to stay so we sat down, uncomfortably in a corner of the room at white little tables and screechy wooden chairs. It felt like sitting in a coronor's office...
The owner asked us to write down our order, so we did and gave it to the person at the bar.
Our 8 orders were brought by three different people and one order never came. Of course not, if you have three different waiters: who would know if something was missing.
The best (!!!!) thing was having to pay for the toilet. No, not just leaving some money on a tray: the door won't open untill you put some change in a lock. Terrible!
Coffee was so-so, the beers we chose you can drink in any other café (and please do so!!!), and the atmposphere was downright horrible. My "cappucino" was actually regular coffee with one puff of whipped cream on the side.
The owner means well and he was friendly, but I have never been in a stranger place than this.
I would never ever come back!!
When we left we heard a couple telling the waiter they had ordered half an hour ago and were still waiting.... I guess this is common.
Maybe they are relying on tourists, because they only ever visit once. Despite the pictures of celebreties (Toots Tielemans, prince Laurent of Belgium, etc...) this is a place you want to avoid if you don't want to get depressed.
It was a really depressing experience.

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1  Thank Katoo
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Went there with two friends who live in Brussels and recommended it. We found a table and sat and waited...and waited...and waited...and waited... The server apologized and said he wasn't allowed to take our order. So, we waited...and waited...and waited...and left. On the way out, the server looked at us with a sad face and offered another apology. The "owner?" who appeared to be the order taker appeared to be quite rude to the tables that had been served. Oh well...we went elsewhere.

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3  Thank TheQuietTravellerToo
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We wanted to stop for some coffee and and an orange juice. We waited ages - the service was very slow and very surly. The coffees were ok but the orange juice was only filled up to the 15 cl mark on the glass - an unusually small measure. Another shock was that we had to pay 50 cent each to go to the toilet.
Best to avoid

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