Located in a historical building dating from the 1500's The Spijtigen Duivel is an institution in Brussels. I like the typical Belgian brasserie look and ambiance and it is therefore harder for me to admit that the quality of the food is far from the "Certified Excellence" advertised on the web site.
I still recommend going on a busy night, for the typical Brussels atmosphere but don't expect a gastronomic trip. The fare is standard Belgian and so is the level of quality, not the worst, hardly the best. I've tried many dishes over the years, from the Carbonnade Flamande (Beef stewed in beer) to the Filet Américain (Steak tartare) and more recently the Onglet aux Échalotes, (Hanger steak with red wine and shallots sauce). The meat was fairly tough and the shallots looked more like onions. But this is quite the standard in Belgium across the board for this type of restaurant.
I did not try the desserts as I knew I was going to be disappointed. I ordered a cappuccino instead and was unable to finish it. It had a bitter burned taste due to the fact that it was brewed with water at a much too high temperature and the coffee used was not of espresso quality.
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