The Jaloa Group is synonymous with high-end food, so one would expect the less pricey ‘brasserie’ to do it justice. Yet, despite elegantly dressed plates containing decent food, the overall experience was far from satisfying.
The setting is delightful, especially the large outdoor garden, which gives you a good initial feel for the place. After some confusion over who was meant to seat us, our small group of three made its first mistake. We failed to immediately order drinks and dared to ask for an extra two minutes to decide. A mistake as we would not see a waiter again until well after we’d decided on the entire meal, and only after having asked two or three times if we could finally place our order.
We eventually started with a duo of croquettes, a crab ravioli and grilled squid. All of it was very tasty and the grilled squid was handsomely presented. Good start? Not quite, as unfortunately by the time we were halfway through starters we’d yet to receive all our drinks. When a missing bottle of wine finally arrive we waited a little more for the water…
There was also a rather unreasonable wait between starters and mains. For a restaurant which was a third full, at best, the disorganization was all the more puzzling.
With seafood being prime here, for mains I opted for the steak with a pepper sauce. A tad overcooked, the meat was nonetheless excellent, the sauce very nice and the grilled vegetables with just the right amount of crunch. The fries, which again arrived half way through and only after asking, were ok.
My partner had the open ravioli of red mullet and her good friend the grilled sole. The sole looked nice and crisp, but the open ravioli was a bit messy and failed to really excite.
It was a strange experience, the place is lovely and the food is good, but what I can only describe as organized chaos when it came to service spoiled it. I’ve lived in Brussels since my teens so I’m use to the oddities of service in Belgium but even I was left baffled when we were essentially asked if we’d finished because they wanted to close to go and see the National Day fireworks. Fortunately we’d not planned on dessert, mainly because of the poor service, so we were in fact ready to go, but if this is anything close to how they operate the other Jaloa Group restaurants I am somewhat unsurprised they lost one of their Michelin stars.
Were we unlucky? Judging from other commentators probably not. A shame as the food and presentation are deserving of one or two extra stars..
Note: none of us were keen on the seafood platter, but we did see it at the other tables and as much as seeing is not tasting, it certainly looked the par.
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