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“Great Mussels”
Review of Francois

Francois
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Ranked #347 of 4,048 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian, Diner, Seafood, Gastropub
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Le Restaurant Francois, est un etablissement bien connu, au coin du Quai aux Briques et de la Place Sainte Catherine a Bruxelles.Un etablissement bien connu, au coin du Quai aux Briques et de la Place Sainte Catherine. Les arriere-grands-parents d'Anne-Marie Veulemans tenaient a l'epoque une friterie, dans laquelle on degustait des moules...Toute la famille s'affairait a couper les frites, nettoyer les moules, et mettre les harengs au vinaigre.Deux freres prirent la succession : Henry reprit la friterie et Francois ouvrit un petit bistrot au coin du marche au poissons.Avec son epouse Aline, il fit evoluer sa cuisine, entre la tradition et les nouveaux gouts de la clientele, de plus en plus nombreuse et fidele.En 1960, le traiteur fut ouvert juste a cote, et aujourd'hui, Madame Anne-Marie dirige le bateau, respectant les traditions.
Reviewed 6 August 2018

The mussels were recommended and were good, but thoroughly enjoyed the sole. We do not usually get Dover sole in the States so this was a real treat - perfectly prepared.

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Reviewed 30 July 2018

The restaurant was not at part with the prices. The service was very slow and the waiter absent negligent. To get his attention, we consistently had to ask for him to come. Upon arrival for instance he did not even come to ask if we wanted drinks -- after 15 min we had to ask him for drinks. The food was then delivered in a very non-elegant fashion. For instance, the waiter was holding our kir royals around the top of the glass instead by the step in 30 degree heat. We ordered one appetizer to share and the waiter brought only one set of utensils. This was a birthday dinner and the restaurant offered us two glasses of champagne which was nice but that was done as we were finished with the food and about to leave--it would have been much more effective to do so upon arrival (and obviously this is something that could have been foreseen as was clearly mentioned in the reservation). The food was fine but nothing extraordinary.

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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We come to Brussels for a weekend, just to enjoy the city. Saturday lunch time (after 2pm, so not even rush hour) we wanted to have a glass of white wine and some oysters. At Francois waiter told us that we cannot enter the restaurant, after he consulted with his manager, since we wanted to have “only” oysters and wine?! The fact we were on vacation and super relaxed didn’t affect us, but what an outrageous behaviour!!! NEVER GO THERE! We were warmly welcomed next door where we had excellent oysters and some great wine...

Thank Jelena U
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

The prices are too high for the value you get. Fish is very expensive. I had the mussels but they were not the best quality (relatively small, a lot of broken shells, a lot of sand) and on top of that, I found a piece of plastic (packaging) in the pot. When I alerted the waiter, he didn't even appologize, he just took it away.

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Thank Filip B
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived to the restaurant with previous reservation, the place was overbooked, estimation wait after the time reservation one hour and fifteen minutes, dinner time 2hours.
The waiter, a guy from Camboya give us a great service.
To expensive for the goods, they shouldn’t accept more customers than they can handle, in a normal day for sure can be a good restaurant.
A pity

Thank Armando P
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