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Brasserie Bijgaarden
Cuisines: French, Belgian, Dutch, European, Central European
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mechelen, Belgium
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“We are regulars...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

This review is a long time coming. About a year ago, my husband and I finally ventured in. We had been afraid that the prices would be unreasonable, but I was pleasantly surprised. The cost matches the quality, and it is not so over the top for the all in menu which comes with wines. Please be advised that this should not be a rushed meal, as the three courses are each a generous portion and come with lovely house wines. The interior is also beautiful, and the seating is comfortable with enough space between tables to feel a bit of privacy. This is a great place to go for business dinners or to celebrate. It is the first restaurant in Belgium I choose to go to when asked. I can say we have become regulars, going at least one time a month for our nice date night. They have dishes for all, including vegetarian!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Melonie_en_family
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English first
Tienen, Belgium
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Completely refurbished and very good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The restaurant was completely modernised since my last venue and the food is still excellentas in the long time past.
The location in front of the Groot Bijgaarden castle is very historic.
Menu and a la carte choices are at democratic+ prices.
But one should take its time.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Roger B
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Brussels
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

This brasserie was renewed after the bankrupcy of the 2 star michelin restaurant with the same name. Now the menu has changed and also the prices are less expensive.
The food is more traditional Brussels-French, such as steak, sole, salads,... and on the menu you can find some very gastronomic dishes. As a starter I had lobster on a open ravioli in a fantastic sauce. On the menu you can also find tuna sashimi or marinated swordfish. The main dish was a big sole with french fries. The fish was fresh and well baked. It was the second time I went there and also this time the quality of the food was excellent.
The waiters are very friendly and helpfull. There is also a menu that regularly changes.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Brussels-Chris
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Parkland, Florida
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341 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“AA: Absolutely Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

A corner table in the garden view room saved this from being a poor experience. My Carpaccio starter was a nice presentation, but the beef quality was both poor & incorrectly sliced too thick. My main course Perch was good; but, the sauce was some weird concoction-thank God it was served separately. There was also a strange Avacado on the plate which was totatlly tasteless. My guests meals didn't look any better & I tried not to press the issue.We all had Creme Brulee for dessert & it was average. It was supposed to be included in the 3 course "set menu", but I got charged 7 Euro extra for each ?? The place was packed & service shoddy. I would have been there for an extra hour trying to straighten out the overcharge! As it was lunch was 2.5 hours. Nice spot to visit-won't be back. Regrets to those who were packed into the inner dining room.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank jmurrayolympic
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“This place under new Managment of Mr De Witte since a few years has also got a new evolution in his excistence.Mr De...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2008

This place under new Managment of Mr De Witte since a few years has also got a new evolution in his excistence.Mr De witte lays a lot of attention on fresh producs.The restaurant has kept his traditions from before a wonderfull dinning enviroment a has hte luck to have in his staff one of the Best Maitre d o in my modest nelieve of Belgium;Mr De Baerdmaeker.This person will guide you through a wonderfull evening as well as a perfect dsinning experience and will have an eye on all details.
French cuisineto it tradition is what will await you here.Besided Comme chez soi and Sea grill i highly recomment this restaurant for the brussels surroundings

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Thank MarseMGroot-Bijgaarden
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