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“Heart-warming experience”
Review of de Grill

de Grill
Ranked #217 of 879 Restaurants in Ghent
Cuisines: European
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
St Albans, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Heart-warming experience”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

We liked the look of this little restaurant - which has a position and outlook to die for - and thought we were pushing our luck to turn up (a party of 7) on a Friday night. But we were given a good table, first rate service and excellent food. You really could not fault this restaurant - I am amazed that it didn't have a queue at the door. I almost didn't post this, because it may make de Grill more popular and make it less likely that people like us, who wander by, will get in. On the other hand, food and service this good deserve praise. The food is grilled - naturally - but the range is wide and the sides excellent. Very good and reasonable wine, too (though who drinks wine in Flanders?). Enjoy!

  • Visited January 2014
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Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Excellent food but small and crowded”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

We went there as a party of 7 one evening early and were given a table inside (too cold outside). It was soon stuffy and croded but we had a nice view of the canal. The food came quickly enough and was excellent, the soup was very hearty and tasty and the fish fresh and plentiful, try the fish waterzooi. Indeed, a smile from teh waiter when we asked for another caraf of wine and some more water woudl have been nice, but we thought the food was the best we had in Belgium.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank PallasParis
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Hasselt, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good food, poor service”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Nice Sunday afternoon on a sunny September day. All stars pointed in the right direction: never a bad experience in Ghent, always-good food, and always-friendly service...until that afternoon. It started already at the first contact where the waiter seemed to be the next version of "Tom Waes arrogance", from famous soap. Drinks were good, but the waiting was too long for a simple 'day menu'. After 1h15min of waiting, we still didn't get our order, and we politely inquired if the chef had forgotten us. Indeed, our order went to another couple - no problem this can happen. We wouldn't have worried if the waiter didn't act as arrogant as he did. Our drinks were gone, and in every decent place with similar prices, we would have expected an apology and a 'have a drink from the chef' to account for the disturbance. But here, nothing, zip, zero...we had to ask for it ourselves.....and we did kindly request a free drink (same or cheaper, so not more than a 3 euro cost for the restaurant) so we could have a drink to go with our meal as a token of apology...Wow....it got worse...the arrogance increased. A good thing our table was taken over by the owner or a more senior waiter to clear the air. In the end, it settled, and the food was excellent. I wouldn't have made this note if I wouldn't have encountered some similar notes on Tripadvisor.- I never make the frist 'poor note'..However, I did see some similar/identical feedback, so I submitted my comments to ensure accountability and service will go to an acceptable level by all staff members, so all Ghent visitors get what most of Ghent can deliver!! A waiter should remember he/she is part of the chain and the visible representative of so many hard working people in the kitchen....

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Beerrrr
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Bromley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good service, nice location, not cheap.”
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is in a prime location overlooking the main harbour by the bridge. It's expensive, but you pay for the location. However, service was good, and they serve snacks and sandwiches as well as main courses, if you just want a light lunch. Quite pleasant.

Visited September 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Exclusive spot on Ghent's 3 towers”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Take your aperitive on the terrace (there are blankets available) and enjoy one of the most gorgious views on the 3 towers which made Ghent that famous. Take a table close to the windows to keep an eye on the view and go for the summer menu and the italian white wine suggested by the owner. You'll spend a nice evening, you won't experience the best meal ever, but the location makes it valuable.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Anne-Marie C
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