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“Love This Restaurant Sooooooooo Much!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of O Mal Aime

O Mal Aime
Ranked #9 of 26 Restaurants in Stavelot
Cuisines: French, International
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Sellindge, Kent
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Love This Restaurant Sooooooooo Much!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

This restaurant, in my wife's home town in Belgium, is the only place we ever eat when we visit. I've been visiting for twelve years and the owner/chef has never failed to both entertain and delight. We have recently returned from a visit and once again our experience was faultless.

The beautifully styled decor of the restaurant, an eclectic mix of surrealism art and poetry, mainly focused on French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who stayed briefly at the hotel/restaurant in the 19th Century, establishes the playful and artistic tone of the place (check out the incredible 3x3m stained glass window at the front).

After ordering we were presented with a delightful amuse bouche of chicken and mussel voloute, roasted quail legs and a rillette of venison. Now, I never usually eat meat back in home but, given the trustworthy traceability of the meat, I do here and this was delicious! This was accompanied by an esquire cocktail made from freshly squeezed exotic fruits. No chemically produced 'parfumes' here.

The starter, which seemed enormous, was a sea bream, local cured ham and cabbage filo parcel on a bed of perfectly dressed salad. Simply amazing!

For main, we opted for the fish again, which was accompanied by roast potatoes and vegetables and a delicious variation on a béarnaise (not Choron, Foyot or Paloise).

Finally, we finished with a delicious chocolate torte.

At €30, not only was this a superb meal but it was excellent value too.

If, whether visiting for the Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps is close enough to hear the cars in summer), the famous three day Laetare carnival (it snows confetti for hours on the Sunday) or on a tour of the beautiful Ardennes region, you find yourself in Stavelot then head for O Mal Aime. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed: fantastic! :)

  • Visited August 2012
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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343 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Excellent food for a fair price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

We found this restaurant thanks to tripadvisor, and were very impressed with it. we got 3 excellent courses for 30 euro, and an amuse before we ordered, just to get into the atmosphere. The restaurant has 2 parts, each with 4 or 5 tables. Seating for about 35 people altogether. As a result the can afford to pay attention to detail. No mass production here, but good fresh french dishes. They do take a while to prepare: our starter arrived fairly fast, but the main course took a while. It was well worth waiting for.
The restaurant has an arty atmosphere, with friendly staff and lots of pictures on the walls. Great for couples and groups of friends, less suitable for families with small children.
We were impressed!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank RP-Netherlands
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