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“verry good, super quality food”
Review of La Coupole

La Coupole
Ranked #11 of 112 Restaurants in De Panne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
De Panne, Belgium
1 review
“verry good, super quality food”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

For more than 20 years, everytime i go to De Panne i pay a visit to restaurant La Coupole.
It is a fine kitchen, honnest and fresh for good price quality.
You can clearly see that they are skillfull and experienced restaurateurs, and that in a blink of an eye they recognize what people expect from a good kitchen.
Working with season vegetables (suggestions) and fresh fish.
The environnement is relaxed and verry clean.
When you are in De Panne or on the Belgian Coast, pay a visit to restaurant La COUPOLE, it is to be recommended.

  • Visited July 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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“A very good meal and very good service”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Stayed in De Panne for one night. Went round looking for restaurants in the road behind the sea front where we were told all the restaurants were. Having looked at all the restaurants this one stood out as they one that fitted what we wanted based on menu and price. Really good set menus, we tried the 23 and 35 euro menus and both were excellent. Service was very good and very friendly, only complaint was my wine glass was filled a little too often!

  • Visited May 2013
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“You can do a lot better elsewhere.....”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

First of all: we didn't eat here. We arrived in De Panne looking for an informal lunch venue: fish, wine, trad flemish beer, a relaxed environment......and value for money. We looked at the 'Au filet de Sole' opposite La Coupole which resembled the Marie Celeste - ie. very much open but no one at home. They had about 20+ tables and we didn't fancy rattling around on our own whilst the chef found yesterday's fish in the back of the fridge....Assuming the chef was actually there.

So, we crossed the road and flashed a glance a clutch of other eateries, pretty much all empty except La Coupole where the Madame who was running the place had carefully arranged her guests in the window to provide the 'business is good' first impression. The lugubrious clientele peered out giving off the vibe that they wanted to be anywhere but there. Was this La Coupole's effect on them or the way these kind of people are attracted to this kind of place ? Neither appeals unless you are a fully paid-up member of the Elasticated Waist & Comfy Beige Shoe Brigade.....

Looking through the (apparent) substantial menu we were told that mussels were out of season: so that was about 6 'mains' of the menu immediately. The rest consisted of various ways of cooking salmon (not sea, fresh and,therefore, clearly farmed), sole (my least favourite of fish) and umpteen ways of cooking a steak in a trad sauce (peppercorn, bearnaise etc.).

So, given that I never eat salmon (way too boring), didn't want steak the waiter directed me to 'barbue' - or brill. Mmmmm, no sea bream then ? No cod, or turbot, or pollock, or plaice, or skate either......? You're ahead of me now, aren't you .....?

Plus, the barbue was 30 euro. That's before you add your sides, the wine, the water, the dessert and service......Did we really want to pop in for an informal, casual, relaxed and comforting lunchtime 'feed' and walk out with a 120 euro bill for two ? Er....no......120 maybe for a specialist seafood menu with a sea view and a sunbathed terrace....yes, perhaps....But for this ? No sir. This is a tourist trap.....

We took our leave followed by several pairs of eyes with the plangent look of "Please take us with us, we didn't have the cogliones to leave ourselves......". We wound up in Veurne with a very tasty and cheap lunch in 'Mozaiek' washed down with excellent beers under the afternoon sun leaving relaxed, full, tanned (a bit), happy and not very much poorer.....

  • Visited April 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“just good”
Reviewed April 21, 2011

Good food the service is a little bit strange cant speak dutch only french. Super cook

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london
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely find”
Reviewed August 31, 2010

We discovered this restaurant by chance on a Sunday night. Managed to get a table and enjoyed a really memorable meal. Despite the very smart surroundings, the place was full of families obviously all there for the wonderful food. In the UK this would be an adults only place and not very relaxed but the opposite was true here. I had delicious fish soup, my partner mussels in cream and garlic and my daughter salmon. All perfect!

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