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Le chameau s'en fout
Ranked #118 of 419 Restaurants in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Leuven, Belgium
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Ok”
Reviewed 22 November 2012

Small restaurant. Nicely decorated and cool transparent chairs. The kitchen is an open kitchen in the already small dining room. It causes some noise, but, more annoying, a smell. And when I am eating my dessert, I don't want the distinct smell of shallots from someone else's onglet that's being prepared.

They offer a three course meal at €35, which is rather cheap, but for a lot of items on the menu you have to pay a supplement. I had a salad with asparagus, followed by a classically prepared onglet (with shallots and red wine) and cheese for dessert. I didn't like the salad which had an overly sharp vinegar dressing and undercooked asparagus. The onglet was nicely prepared, but looked like it was thrown on my plate. They should definitely pay more attention to the presentation of their dishes. I didn't like their selection of French red wines, which was very limited.

I left with mixed feelings as did the rest of my party of 6. The service was ok, but a little cold, I didn't like the open kitchen, but the main course was good. It is more upscale and expensive than a brasserie, but it is nowhere near expensive fine dining. I would give the restaurant another try for a casual dinner.

You should definitely make reservations well in advance, because the restaurant is almost always fully booked.

  • Visited June 2012
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English first
Leuven, Belgium
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12 reviews
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“one of the few good restaurants in Leuven”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

Excellent food, outstanding fresh products, cosy and personal approach, very good price/quality, nice atmosphere,

Visited August 2012
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Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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“Excellent food at very affordable prices”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

With only ten tables to serve, the whole restaurant is ran by two persons. You can see the cook (1) doing his magic as you sit at your table and you are always served with great kindness by the same waiter.
It is really one of my favorite restaurants in Leuven, with a fixed lunch at a bargain and a limited choice in the evening.
Servings are original creations, very tasty and presented as little works of art.
You might want to make a reservation to be sure to have a seat.

  • Visited August 2012
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Leuven, Belgium
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great experience, well worth the wait”
Reviewed 7 June 2012

No, we did not have to wait long for our - delicious - food. Wait refers to the fact that on and off I had been calling Le Chameau for more than a year to book a table, just to hear: sorry we are fully booked that night (ok, I am notoriously late making reservations, but…). Well we got in yesterday and it was great. Wonderful light French/Belgian cuisine made with the best ingredients. Limited, but good and friendly priced, wine list. Nice interior and good service combine for an excellent atmosphere. But, of course, it's the great cooking that does it! Sure to keep (trying to) go there ,-)

  • Visited June 2012
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Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Small charming restaurant”
Reviewed 21 May 2012

In the center of Leuven, near St. Peter's Church you can find a small (max. 10 small tables) and cozy restaurant with a fantastic menu.
The only disadvantage is that they don't have a terrace, so don't go there when the sun is shining ;-)

Visited September 2011
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