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“Alsace in wonderland?” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Cigogne d'Alsace

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La Cigogne d'Alsace
Ranked #501 of 839 Restaurants in Ghent
Cuisines: French
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Ghent, Belgium
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104 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Alsace in wonderland?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

This restaurant should not be judged as a normal restaurant. It's quite peculiar. It is a strange mix of the singularity / obstinacy of the people of Ghent, a love for the Alsace region, an owner with a strong character and a completely outdated although consequent interior, what makes it kind of fashionable again.

If you enter here expecting food from the last thirty years in a normal restaurant with neutral attendance in a new and sparkling interior, you will get disappointed. If you do enter with the mindset to expect something else, like a sincerity to bring products from the Alsace in a way and context that is the most fit for it according to the owner, it will be great. Expect the atmosphere of Fawlty Towers, but than in a kind of good way.

We ate with two, had a great night, some odd but friendly conversations with the owner and his wife. We had food that was not spectacular, but certainly not bad and honestly homemade, for a rather good price.

If you come here, let yourself immerse in this world created, and be prepared to follow the rules of the house (you are asked to put your cellphone on mute when entering, you won't get any mayonnaise with your fries if you ordered a steak with sauce, ..)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
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166 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Old, worn out decoration, mediocre food, irritating host”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

We went to this place in winter. It was very cold outside, and inside it was like a fridge.
Food was so and so. The host was generous with wine and liquor, but other than that he was irritating because of a judgemental attitude (e.g. when make a remark about the cold temperature, he ridiculized the problem), a dictating style (only accepting cash when ordering a menu (why would that be ;-)), put phones on "silent"), ... Not nice. Also we ordered a decaf coffee, and were served a standard one...which made us stay awake until the middle of the night..
Never again.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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