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“Excellent Restaurant, disappointing breakfast after” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hostellerie Le Fox

Hostellerie Le Fox
Ranked #3 of 102 Restaurants in De Panne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European, Belgian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Leuven, Belgium
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230 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant, disappointing breakfast after”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2011

We had a lovely weekend in De Panne and stayed in Le Fox including a excellent meal on saturday evening, deserving its two michelin stars with good food, excellent service, good location...everything as it should be.
The hotel had a nice sized room for us, but the breakfast was not included.
We had to pay 18 Euro's p/p on top of it and were expecting the same quality of food as the restaurant served the evening before. This was the disappointing part. There was little choice, the things that were there were good, but nothing warm, not even a cooked egg.. you could give your guests so much more for that kind of money. So it left a bit of a sad aftertaste, but nevertheless we enjoyed it.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Zaventem, Belgium
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Three Michelin star quality for a one star price!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2009

Let me start by stating that we're regular visitors of restaurants like De Karmeliet (***), the Radisson SAS Sea Grill (**), Bon-Bon (*), Le Passage (*), In De Wulf (*), Arenberg (*), Couvert Couvert (*), D'Hoogh (*), Kasteel Diependael (*), Folliez (*), 't Stoveke (*), De Bijgaarden (*), Bistrot du Mail (*), Barbizon, Trente, Kijk Uit and others...

Well, Le Fox overclasses them all!

For 150 EUR/person, we've enjoyed a glass of champagne with cold and warm appetizers, three unforgettable starters overwhelming you with almost extreme tastes and very pure ingredients, the main dish (two slices of hare back, accompanied by sweetened red cabbage and sprout slices), and wonderful deserts. Meanwhile the accompanying wines were very well chosen and abundantly served. Chef Stephane Buyens is indeed constantly watching over the dining room, but that's only a sign of a tightly drilled and very competent kitchen staff. In case of doubt: you can follow them at work through the semi-open view from your table!

Rooms are luxurious and have a lateral seaview. De Panne may be a bit "passé", at least it lets you have an appetizing and/or digestizing walk along the beach (try THAT at In De Wulf!). You can stay dressed casually (try THAT at the Sea Grill!). There's a car place for you in a completely secured subterrain garage complex (10 EUR/night) practically under the hotel (compare that to finding a parking space near le Bistrot du Mail or le Bon-Bon!). Continental breakfast is 15 EUR (with fresh fruit juice and a little plate stoned grapefruit slices). 50 cl of Spa water from the room minibar costs you 4 EUR. Expensive? Come on!

Let's summarize all of this: Le Fox gives you three star quality & service for a one star price! It's at the top of our favorite adresses list from now on.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ghent, Belgium
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397 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 431 helpful votes
“Le Fox, mixed feelings...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2009

Not bad at all especially considering its location in a popular seaside town full of snackbars and greasy spoons. Is it worth two michelin stars? We've had better, more refined and inspired food in one star restaurants like De Wulf in Dranouter and Marcus in Deerlijk (both in the same county).
Of course this is all quite subjective and the dishes presented were very good but we were slightly disappointed. Taking that into account we think it's somewhat overpriced. But if you're staying in De Panne and you wan to eat at the best restaurant around without financial restriction then this is the place to go.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Le fox was for me rather...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2009

Le fox was for me rather dispointing and overpaid comparing value for money.During my only visit the chef was more in the dinning area instead of his kitchen.I expected a higher standard for a 2 star restaurant and the kitchen had to much english influences.

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“simply the best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2008

simply the best!

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