The Leopold Brasserie is located at the ground floor of the Leopold Hotel, where I stayed during my recent business trip to Brussels. I decided to give it a try on the evening I reached the hotel, as I was too tired to walk around and look for alternatives. I saw a sign about a two-course meal for 21 euros (including an espresso coffee) and this looked interesting.
The restaurant is nicely (and simply) decorated and features different areas with different arrangements. I was greeted warmly and offered a table for one. I asked for the two-course meal but I was informed that it is not offered on Sunday (I must have missed that on the sign) so I went for the beef stew with fries. The portion was on the big side, the meat was well-cooked and it tasted really nice. Mixed salad was nice but small but the weakest part was the fries; they came in an interesting presentation (paper cone on a metallic stand) but they were typical fries; far from the typical Belgian potatoes that I was expecting. However, they were a perfect match for the thick gravy of the stew.
Along with a small bottle of Belgian beer, I paid 21,50 euros - not cheap but taking into consideration the size and quality of the portion it was ok.
As I was curious about the two-course menu, I visited the Leopold Brasserie on the next day; indeed the waitress offered me this option as soon as I was seated. It was a fixed one and consisted of a dish with cold fish fillets with mixed salad (I cannot recall the name) followed by chicken fillets with potatoes - a strange combination I have to admit! I am not a big fan of fish but the specific one was ok, with a slice of fish gel on its side. However, the chicken was delicious: big portion, very tasty, juicy and combined with whole small potatoes with mushrooms and eggplants, if I noticed well. This time, the bill was 27,50 euros, including a bitter lemon soda and a small bottle of sparkling water. It surely worth it :-)
I was not offered an espresso (I thought it was included in the offer) when I asked for the bill but I was in a hurry to catch up with the business meeting, so I didn't even mention it. In any case, the service in both cases was friendly and fast and the prices were normal compared to the ones offered in the area. I also got a proper receipt - at least the second time (the first time I was left with the proforma but I guess it will do the work). I mention that because getting a proper receipt is usually an issue in Brussels but business travelers like me need them to get reimbursed (I have even received a paper with just the amount of the bill hand-written in some cases!).
All in all, I would visit Leopold Brasserie next time, too; however, I might be tempted to try a different restaurant just for the experience. If I wanted to be on the safe side though, I would go for its lovely beef stew :-)
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