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“Worth a Michelin star ? Just about.”
Review of Michel

Michel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $66 - $133
Cuisines: Belgian, French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Brussels, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth a Michelin star ? Just about.”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

What do you expect from a restaurant that receives a coveted Michelin star ?Of course faultless food. Excellent service. And, is it asking too much, even value for money.

Michel just scrapes by. Negatives first. The attractive terrace is somewhat spoiled by the noise from the nearby motorway. The service,from some of the staff,can be somewhat "heavy " . You are paying good money to be "relaxed" . And the cooking is not faultless-e.g. undercooked asparagus,and standard amuse-bouches on a recent visit.

But the modern -style restaurant is attractive. The sommelier knows his job ( well he should !) ,and gives helpfull comments. The background music stays background. And, most important of all,the proportions served are not minimal. The request for a cheeseboard-very difficult in Belgium- produced a good effort of,unfortunately, fridge-cooled products.

Coffee comes with, again, underwhelming amuse-bouches. This is Belgium, where chocolate can be more than excellent, so why not go for that?

Is Michel good value for money ? Just about..

Would i return ?. Yes.




So , would i return ? Yes.

  • Visited April 2014
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Good restaurant with impersonal service”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

We tried this restaurant during Resto days to celebrate a family event. Some of our family members had never been to a Michelin star restaurant before and that was a great opportunity to get an introduction. The overall setting is nice, a bit plain but with a touch of sophistication. The food was good: fair size plates, interesting flavour combinations, several in-between amuse bouches and a nice wine to pair with. Unfortunately, the service was cold and impersonal. It felt a bit annoying and didn't help creating a festive celebration we had hoped for. Great food combined with great service make a great restaurant, the later part was obviously missing at Michel.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Tuchka
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Brussels
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent traditional food”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Quit location with terras in the summer. Enough space between the tables. Traditional food but very well prepared and all fres, with some new try outs during the appetizers. Professional and frendly service. Also nice wine chart(tablet) but ask the sommelier for the ones which are not on the list. For dessert try the home made vanila ice, or even better a Dame Blanche.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Dirk D
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Asuncion, Paraguay
Level 6 Contributor
867 reviews
639 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,426 helpful votes
“OK, but below expectations”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

I went for lunch. The restaurant is in a very nice building and in a sunny day the patio has to be lovely, but when I went it was raining... Interiors are a bit tacky, with golden columns and appareils + chairs with optical fabric. Service is competent and very professional, they are so nice that they leave you a good impression of the restaurant even if there are shortcomings (see below). As a start, it's slow: two hours for a 4 services menu which was frankly excessive. I was having lunch alone i.e. nobody to talk to. The food is OK but not surprising for flavour or originality. One of the amuse bouches of boudin noir was excellent. The starter of carpaccio was good, but the sauce a tad too lemony for my taste and inappropriate for the wine they served with. The fish was OK and the meat was on the unsavoury side. The wine menu is not a bargain at 35 euros (includes an aperitif and water). It's just two wines, a white and a red, both quite basic and undistinguished. I went with a restoday offer and maybe they are better when one goes for the full monty, but all in all, from a MIchelin starred I am used to more satisfaction.

  • Visited October 2012
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3 Thank apalmero
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“superb dinner & service”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had a wonderful meal here with some friends who live near by. Frankly, we were a little apprehensive about going to Michel becasue we had read mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. But our meal was superb and the wines that were suggested went really well with our dinner. We would definitely go back the next time we are in Belgium.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank lynne b
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