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“Everything is there!”
Review of Bruneau

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Ranked #425 of 3,579 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$125
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Everything is there!”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

One of the best restaurant in town (affordable if lunch available).Grande cuisine in a cosy place.Very calm place for food lovers that like to be treated like stars with class.But remember the food is the real STAR :-) (as the 'Chef')

  • Visited June 2012
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London
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A very pleasant meal”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

We visited Bruneau on a Saturday evening. We'd done a little research into Michelin star restaurants around the city and this so happened to be the restaurant that responded to myself via email.

We arrived early, and were helped out of the cab by one of the staff, which was a really nice touch and a nice welcome. We entered inside and our coats were taken. When seated however, no one offered to take my seat out for me or placed my napkin - im really not the snooty kind, but when you're in a michelin star restaurant this is something ive come to expect.

We were offered the menu, none of which is in English, which posed a slight issue, but the mai·tre d was happy to help us decide - we opted for the 50 euro tasting menu with matching wines for an additonal 16. Which in London for a michelin star restaurant is quite reasonable in my opinion.

We were given an amuse bouche to start which was pleasant, and then the starter was bought out shortly after, the first part, is an assortment which included a creme brulee of gooseliver which was really nice and not something i had encountered before, lobster and lastly caviar on a razor clam shell, which was beautifully presented. The second part was stuffed scallops in a broth, for me this was slightly too rich, and to have 6 scallops seemed far too many for a starter.

For main we were told we'd be getting chicken - the mai·tre d however failed to tell us it would actually be cuckoo. This was of course no real issue and the dish was really tasty - not entirely sure what it came with as things were lost in translation, but i didnt really feel that anything went with well with bird itself.

Dessert was stunning and the fresh fruit and pavlova was absolutely gorgeous - definitely the highlight of the meal! After the dessert, i fancied the cheese - which was no issue and we tried an assortment. I assume you dont get any biscuits in Belgium or this appeared to be the case and instead was given a bit of bread from the basket - i'd personally have liked a little more, especially when we had 5 cheeses or so to try. Also we asked for only one portion and instead was presented two. No real issue and i hope, again this was just down to translation issues.

Overall the meal was very pleasant, a few things let the experience down, but i'd agree with the Michelin star overall.

  • Visited February 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Below expectations”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

We went to Bruneau as part of Restaurant Week to discover this reknown restaurant.

Sadly, the experience fell well short of expectations. That's not to say the lunch was bad, it was simply the same standard as any brasserie in Brussels. The main course, for example: 'pavé de pata negra croustillant' would have been better described as 'morceau de porc pané'.

As regards service, it took one hour twenty minutes for our starter to be served and one of the waitors was constantly coughing into his hand and then serving dishes and placing cutlery on the table - totally unacceptable from a hygiene point of view.

We had hoped the experience would entice us back to discover the whole menu on offer on future occasions. We, however, will not be going back or recommending this place.

  • Visited November 2012
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3 Thank RKJB2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delicious food in a wonderful place”
Reviewed 27 November 2012

The food was divine and we ate on the terrace in the sun, which was wonderful. Attentive service. We went at lunchtime for the set menu, which was very good value. Great way to enjoy michelin starred food at cheaper prices :) Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank ElinBrussels
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Not worthy of a Michelin star”
Reviewed 15 October 2012

While this is by no means a bad restaurant, it is definitely not worthy of a Michelin star and the prices that go with it.
The service is very hurried and almost aggresive (we were asked 3 times in the first 10 minutes of sitting down if we had chosen the wine and throughout the evening, I felt under pressure to finish eating faster).
The food has been good, but definitely not up to standard: the starter was a tasty lobster tempura (and lots of it), but also had some pata-negra/goat cheese rolls that simply didn't fit; the main course was excellent; the cheese was a brie/truffle cake, very imaginative, but rather than 3 pieces of the same cheese, 3 different flavours would have been better; the dessert was the big disappointment, completely lacking in taste or structure (a white chocolate mousse covered in chocolatey flakes and in a milk-chocolate cold "soup").

Not recommended, especially at the current prices. 6/10.

  • Visited October 2012
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3 Thank Andrei I
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