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“Go for the genuine Belgian ambiance, not the food”

Au vieux Spijtigen Duivel
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Ranked #3 of 129 Restaurants in Uccle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed May 1, 2018

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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Thank FelixBuzzard
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

I've been to the restaurant other times in the past and the carbonnade was always delicious. Now it's been 4 times that I have received a burnt carbonnade. It's a pity because it was one of the best in Bruxelles. Now I am done. It's too much. Please, do something and take more care of your carbonnade and of your customers.
P.s. When you need to heat it up, if you cannot watch it it's better to just microwave it than burnt it.

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Thank Valeria A
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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

The best of Belgian cuisine, freshly prepared, generous portions, excellent choice of beers, prompt and efficient service, very reasonably priced, favoured by discerning locals. This is the genuine article!

Thank Tinners51
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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

One year later, and still the same qppuality. Very good ambiance, very tasty food and a perfect service. Try the jambonneau or the rognons sauce moutarde, you won't be deceived.

Thank awysch
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Reviewed August 26, 2017

The menu is very varied, lots of different choices, and everything i took is great
(I ate there for 20+ times)

The food is well prepared, and when asked to change something to a dish, you are met with an "of course, no problem!" however busy they are.

The staff is in a constant rush, as the restaurant is always bustling with people, but always ready to take an order.

The atmosphere is that of a typical Belgian, Brussels brasserie. People talking, laughing, enjoying life.

Go there especially to have a nice beer (over 50 Belgian beers available at all times) with a well prepared meal for a very decent price!

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Thank Steven H
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