Exploring the world one bite at a time

Month: April 2015 (Page 1 of 3)

Brasserie de Vlegel: “Lovely terrace, mediocre food”

We went here on a gorgeous spring day, mostly to enjoy the lovely terrace. The terrace has a tropical vibe with palm trees en white sand. For children there is jumping castle and lots of toys to play with in the sand. We really enjoyed sitting in the sun and I have to recommend the sangría which was superb.

Brasserie de Vlegel had a big fire in their kitchen somewhere in February. The team worked very hard to repair all the damage, so the brasserie could reopen after only two months. Due to these unfortunate circumstances the menu was very limited. We could only choose between about ten very basic dishes.

I ordered a plain steak without any sauce. The steak was cooked as ordered (saignant), but I was a little disappointed by the very small side salad. Luckely I got more than enough fries. The food was ok, but served too cold. As if the waiter had forgotten to serve the dishes in time. The food of our friends was also too cold. A real shame, because I loved the summer vibe in this place.

Would go back for drinks, not for the food.

Brasserie de Vlegel, Mechelsesteenweg 20-22 Mechelsesteenweg 22, Mortsel 2640, Belgium
+32 468 32 25 65

Visited April 2015. You can find my review about Brasserie de Vlegel also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 3/5, food 3/5.

Marutama Ramen: “Great ramen!”

The best ramen I’ve had in Singapore! Really, really loved the ramen in this restaurant! I ordered karashi ramen with ajitsuke tamago en yaki gyoza as a side dish. Which was plenty of food to keep me going for a long time. The boiled and marinated egg was simply a delight. The yolk was perfectly cooked: still soft and runny.

Service was friendly and most importantly for a ramen restaurant very efficient. Highly recommend this restaurant to ramen lovers from all over the world. A warning though: at lunch time this place can get very crowded.

Marutama Ramen, 8 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-90 the Central, Singapore 059818, Singapore
+65 6534 8090

Visited March 2015. You can find my review about Marutama Ramen also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 3/5, food 5/5.

Haramiya: “Quick and pleasant lunch”

I went here for a quick lunch. I opted for one of the lunch specials: the salmon bibimbap. Price was very reasonable and the food was excellent. Staff was friendly and efficient. Ideal for a quick meal. Would definitely go back here. I would love to try the other dishes on the menu.

Haramiya, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street The Central #03-87, Singapore 059817, Singapore
+65 6534 9468

Visited March 2015. You can find my review about Haramiya also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 4/5, food 4/5.

Strofilia: “Lovely Greek cuisine”

Lovely Greek restaurant in the heart of Brussels. A friend who loves Greek food recommended this place. Our group consisted of sixteen people, so we got our own table in the beautiful brick cellar of the restaurant. We really liked the fact that we had some privacy and didn’t need to worry about disturbing the other guests.

The staff suggested a group menu with a variety of mezes. Throughout the dinner we were presented with tiny cold and hot dishes. All very tasty en nicely presented. We really loved the taste of authentic Greek food. The wine was average at best, but the food was more than excellent. A nice introduction into the wealth of the Greek cuisine.

Strofilia, Rue du Marche aux Porcs 13, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 512 32 93

Visited April 2015. You can find my review about Strofilia also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 4/5, food 4/5.

Sakae Sushi: “A bit disappointing”

This conveyor belt sushi at Changi airport turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. The sushi on the belt was mediocre at best. We saw the same dishes passing several times. The touch screens to order extra sushi weren’t working and staff wasn’t that attentive when we wanted to order sushi which wasn’t on the belt. The sushi we ordered was better than the sushi on the belt, but I’ve had much better in other kaiten sushi restaurants.

Sakae Sushi, 60 Airport Boulevard Changi Airport Terminal 2 Viewing Mall, #03-085, Changi Airport T2, Singapore 819643, Singapore
+65 6546 5383

Visited March 2015. You can find my review about Sakae Sushi also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 3/5, food 3/5.

Black Pearls: “Not living up to expectations”

Fish restaurant in Brussels airport. Food is ok, I guess, but way to expensive for something which was cleary reheated. We got our food quickly, so we didn’t need to worry about missing your flight. Staff speaks French and English (no Dutch, sadly). They also serve fresh oysters, which I didn’t taste yet. It is a shame that the food does not live up to expectations, because the restaurant itself looks nice enough. Wine was ok, though.

Black Pearls, Brussels Airport – Connector, Zaventem, Belgium
+32 2 719 77 48

Visited March 2015. You can find my review about Black Pearls also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 2/5, service 3/5, food 2/5.

La Lorraine: “Lovely oysters”

We were staying in Luxembourg for a weekend and were looking for a nice place to have dinner on Easter Sunday, so after some wondering around in the streets of Luxembourg, we ended up in fish restaurant La Lorraine.

We were early for dinner (17.30u) and it was clear that the staff wasn’t complete yet. Only one waiter had to do everything and he got a little bit agitated when some other clients ordered extra fries and he couldn’t get through to the kitchen.

The interior of the restaurant is decorated with lots of wood an stone pillars. Classic, but very cozy. It was a little bit chilly though.

Our waiter was very friendly and we got to order quickly (to be fair, the restaurant at that time was almost empty, later on more people started to come in). We went for the express menu and started our meal with Breton cupped oysters. The oysters were presented beautifully and very good. A great start. My boyfriend ordered a beer an I went for the aperitif La Lorraine: crèmant de Luxembourg with liqueur from prunes. Very nice.

As the main course I got pollack and shrimps soufflé with vegetable tagliatelle. Wasn’t quite sure how the dish would look, but I wanted to try it anyway. My boyfriend stayed true to the classics and chose the chicken vol-au-vent with mushrooms.

Both dishes were fine, but not exceptional. I enjoyed the vegetable tagliatelle, but was hoping for more shrimps in the soufflé.

We skipped dessert, but got some cake and easter eggs on the house. In total we paid 78,60 euro’s, drinks included. A little bit pricy, but we had a nice dinner nonetheless.

La Lorraine, 7 Place d’Armes, Luxembourg City 1136, Luxembourg
+352 47 14 36

Visited April 2015. You can find my review about La Lorraine also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 4/5, food 3/5.

Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame): “Beautiful historical building”

Beautiful Cathedral with impressive stained glass windows. A must see when you visit Luxemburg city. The statue of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Luxembourg, is very small, but stems from the 17th century. Don’t forget to visit the crypt.

Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), 30 Rue du Cure, Luxembourg City 1368, Luxembourg
+352 22 29 70 1

Visited April 2015. You can find my review about Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) also on TripAdvisor.

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru: “Ok conveyor belt sushi restaurant at Liang Court”

The sushi was decent but in no way exceptional. We ate here rather late in the evening, which can explain why the choices on the conveyor belt were rather limited and not so great. We ordered some sushi from the menu, which was way better than the sushi from the conveyor belt though. I must add that Royshi sushi offers some special sushi I never tried before in my life. So for the first time, I got to try kani miso (with crab and crab paste), tsubugai (shellfish) and nama sakura ebi don (small raw shrimp). I always enjoy it when I can try new dishes!

Service was fine. Really not a stand-out place in any way.

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru, 177 River Valley Road Liang Court Basement 1 Liang Court, Singapore 179030, Singapore
+65 6337 1022

Visited March 2015. You can find my review about Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru also on TripAdvisor.

Novotel Luxembourg Centre: “Great hotel with very attentive staff”

We stayed one night in this lovely hotel right outside the old city center of Luxembourg (a ten minutes walk would bring you right into the heart of the old city). Staff was very friendly and helpful. We felt welcome from the moment we entered the spacious lobby. It was the day before Easter and there was a big display in the lobby with free chocolate and boiled eggs for all the guests. Very festive. In the lobby you could play xbox games or just relax in the comfortable chairs. There was also a large touch screen with information about the weather and the city, which, to my surprise, worked perfectly.

We had booked the executive room, which was nice and clean, with a comfy sofa and a desk with one chair. The view from the window wasn’t much to speak of, but we didn’t mind. On the bed we found slippers and a bathrobe. Wifi in the hotel was free, as it should be. The bathroom was compact, but modern, clean and comfortable with a shower in the bath. Bath products smelled nice and there was even a body scrub provided. We appreciated the fact that the toilet was in a seperate room.

The room was equipped with bluetooth speakers so we could play our own music. Very nice. The contents of the minibar was included in the price of the executive room. The minibar contained only non-alcoholic beverages though (except for the Heineken beer, but that doesn’t really count). There was also a nespresso coffee maker in the room, which made my coffee loving boyfriend very happy.

Breakfast was really excellent. There were different buffets to choose from. English breakfast, juices, fresh fruit salad, salmon, cheese, charcuterie, pastries, pancakes,… Lots of options to choose from. Everything fresh and tasty. A small detail: the pancakes were a little bit too cold. But honestly, that’s nitpicking.

Novotel Luxemburg is a very family-friendly hotel. During our stay we saw lots of families with children which created a very relaxed and joyful vibe in the hotel. The children obviously loved playing with the X-box.

The hotel also has a very nice bar (which closes at 12pm) and restaurant. The Red Square restaurant is really great and I can definitely recommend it. We ate there the evening of our arrival. Really loved the asparagus with salmon and my boyfriend was equally happy with his hamburger. Food arrived quickly and was very nice. The complementary bread was freshly baked and we got free chips with our drinks. Staff was really attentive.

Tip: Park your car in the large car park under the hotel. When you leave you can pay for it at the reception. Very convenient.

Really enjoyed our stay in this hotel. Friendly staff, excellent service, nice rooms, great breakfast, modern building and close to the city center. One cannot ask for more.

Novotel Luxembourg Centre, 35 Rue du Laboratoire, Luxembourg City 1911, Luxembourg

Stayed April 2015. You can find my review about Novotel Luxembourg Centre also on TripAdvisor. My scores: location 4/5, cleanliness 5/5, service 5/5.

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