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“Overall very good though could be more spectecular”
Review of Magis

Magis
Ranked #2 of 80 Restaurants in Tongeren
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $52 - $147
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Ternat, Belgium
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4 reviews
“Overall very good though could be more spectecular”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

First experience at Magis proved to be a good one: good location, very nice building, good interior decoration, very comfortable seats. Were welcomed in by a very friendly host, but the table staff needed some warming up (not so much where service was concerned, that was fine, good even, but was a little "cold" at first. Got better as the evening went on though.).
Finger food for starters was very nicely presented and certainly sufficient, though tastes could be a little more outspoken.Maybe the chef is holding back in fear of being too outspoken ?
Starter came in two variations: oysters or scallops (which was good because I am not a big fan of oysters). Main course was very nice, both in presentation and taste.
Cheeses and accompaniments (chutneys and such) were excellent.
Desert was beautiful and very tasty and coffee and tea were accompanied by yet another aray of small sweet bites.
Overall very good and beautifully presented menu, though like I said, some things could use an extra touch of flavor. We did have enough to eat but didn't leave the restaurant with a very heavy stomach, so to us it felt perfect (we don't like not being able to move anymore because the meal was too heavy).

We'd eat there again !

  • Visited September 2013
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Leuven, Belgium
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391 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Many very good points about this restaurant: friendly staff, nice decor, nice finger food that comes with the apéritif, and the game (filet of deer) as a main course was very nicely done.
But I could not escape the sense that chef is holding back on his talent ... it all tastes a bit bland and many natural tastes of ingredients remain hidden. Our first course was a combination of tuna, foie d'oie and some other ingredients that I have forgotton, precisely illustrating the point that the dish had 'no balls' (pardon the expression).
So we left with a feeling of "we've eaten ok, bit it did not quite meet our expectations".

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Travel_Jan95
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Belgium
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116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Ate at Magis on several occasions, both festive and simple lunch. Helpings are really small, which is an embarrasment when you invite people with a normal ( not even a healthy) appetite. Food is innovative and nice, wines good. Service is good. Unbalange between price, value and ambience. The atmosphere is cold and the decoration does not do justice to the nice old building.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Hera101
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Tongeren, Belgium
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191 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

From the first-rate Champagne, the 5 enticing bites, the 2 original starters, the first class main course, the mature cheeseboard, the gently flowing accompanying wines, the sweet desserts and the coffee : every moment was filled with savor. Add to that nice surroundings, a friendly and efficient service and of course good company. Pure bliss for less than €100 !

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank loeloe
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Leuven, Belgium
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A 'Waauw' experience”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

It's the rare occasion when you discover something extraordinary that brings a big smile on your face. This time it happened at Magis. It's like when a jigsaw comes together and you get a great picture : food, service, ambiance,... everything fitted perfectly. Drinks in the nice garden, the appetizers give you already a hint of what's coming. The food is light, original, tasty, well balanced. the 4 course menu all inclusive is 85€ and it's worth every eurocent (penny for the americans :) ) . One of the nice details was the question of the lady of the house if you had any allergies or if there's something that you would not like at all. It's maybe a small detail but shows the professionality of the house. This is the new place to Enjoy (with capital E) in Belgium.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank JohanR
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