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“Long wait for good food”
Review of De Blauwe Maan

De Blauwe Maan
Ranked #168 of 432 Restaurants in Leuven
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We went there for our birthday dinner. We chose for a menu with 3 courses. On a big plus point: there is no problem with vegetarian dishes - the cook prepares something on the spot with the ingredients they use for other dishes. The veggie things I got were excellent - very tasty, with fresh, top-quality products, interesting (often not the case with vegetarian food in restaurants...). My husband's food was also very good - although he was less enthusiastic than I was.

Unfortunately, the food was the only good thing. The service was terrible. There were many long moments when we were sitting at a completely empty table - no bread (during the whole meal we got both two small pieces of bread each...), no wine, no water, no waiter to order anything... It seemed like more guests has the same problem. Another thing: long waiting for the courses. For the 3-course dinner we needed three hours! In this - more than an hour waiting for the dessert - which was not that complicated to make (figs with ice cream, come on...). Finally: ridiculously expensive drinks. My husband went for the wine option with his menu. For 20 euro he got one glass of white wine (with the starter), one glass of red wine (with the main) and 0,5 l of water. That's it. In the menu it was not specified that the wine option is one glass per course - and I do think that they actually did not serve one glass (since the wine option for a 2-course was cheaper) or it is a total robbery...

All in all - the food was good but we will not go there again before we've heard that the service has improved. There are more good places in Leuven with equally good food - and very often less money (definitely for drinks...).

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We had a delightful anniversary dinner at this restaurant. The service was attentive and friendly, and we seated near the terrace, but protected from the rain, so it was the best of both worlds - the active but still quiet Mechelsestraat and the contemporary decor of the inside. We both choice the "quarter moon" menu and were treated to a wonderful set of complementary dishes, with innovative, attractive combinations of fruit, vegetables (including rhubarb), fish, and meat. The entrees, tuna and lamb crown were cooked to perfection. The wine list is limited but well-priced and fits well with the food. I know that some people have talked about the variability of the experience, but for what we wanted, a quiet, romantic dinner in the center of Leuven, it hit the spot, and was a reasonable value to boot.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

I went there twice in the last weeks. The food is OK, but just that. That would by itself not make it a poor rating, but the restaurant feels pretentious. The combination of the two (just OK food, but rather pretentious) makes for a poor experience.

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

Wanted to thank the chef for an excellent evening with a friend. Each course in fact deserved the highest rating, so highly recommend this place. If only they could fix their ventilation system it would perhaps be one of the best in Leuven

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Thank Artemy
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Reviewed 21 May 2013 via mobile

Alchemy has long been practiced by wizards and is the act of turning base metals into the noble metals gold or silver, as well as an elixir of life conferring youth and longevity. The chef’s of de Blauwe Maan have (once again) proven to be magical in transforming a combination of day-to-day and “forgotten” ingredients into something exquisite and unforgettable.

With explosive combinations of all five basic tastes and vivid texture - achieved by extraordinary cooking techniques, such as dry freezing seafood, fruit and vegetables - the chef’s manage to stimulate all your senses by finally placing all ingredients on that plate with a mesmerizing color palette.

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Thank Bob B
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