They cheated us with the bill. If you go to Leuven don't go to this place. The waiter and the owners (Jo Vanreusel and Maria Corbeels as I found later in the internet) are just thieves. I have looked for other opinions on this restaurant and 90% noted that the service was very bad. I would add that is even dangerous. They will try to get your money for nothing. Enjoy Leuven but not in Kalypta.
We stopped here for a late lunch (eldest daughter and I ) after her hospital appointment in leuven ...this restaurant is very, very convienient as it is directly oposite the railway and bus station for the onward journey...they serve a range of food including pastas and steaks and traditional Belgian dishes as well as starters and soups and an array of interesting sounding salads...the drinks (beer) menu seemed a bit excessive to me theres pages of it! ...but its what people expect to find when they come to a town in Belgium I expect and to have such a choice is great!
Favorite Dish: We had the Chinese wok and the Indian wok and these were both with chicken which there was plenty of and good chuncks of fresh vegetables and mine came with some taglietelle pasta and hers came with basmati rice ..we enjoyed both meals very much
This is an old school restaurant in the heart of an old school town! A bit tired looking but presided over by an energenic host.
Favorite Dish: I tried the ribs with their special house sauce. More of a dry rib than a wet one for my taste but still interesting.
A large piece of meat, lots of sauce, lots of french fries, a small salad and some mayonaise, that is how belgians like their food. Unlike the french or italian we believe in large portions. In that respect, this is a typical belgian restaurant. Don't confuse this with "streekgerechten" = typical regional foods, which are usually simple hearty dishes grand-mother style. A plus is that they have your food ready in no time, so quick it is a bit suspicious somtimes... The place is popular so it might be a good idea to reserve a table if you want to be on the safe side. Not haute cuisine but very decent for it's kind, 'satisfied' is 'le mot just'.
Favorite Dish: Cordon blue with cream-mushroom saus and french fries (small salad is included). Koninginnenhapje (meat +chicken), stoofvlees (meatstew) and steaks are popular dishes in belgium.
Ice cream is excellent and, compared to The Netherlands, a bit cheaper. A scoop doesn't cost less but you get more of it!
Two generous scoops of fresh (!) ice cream put me back 2.20 euro. And it was delicious.
Favorite Dish: I always want malaga flavour. My other favourite flavours are: coffee, hazelnut, mango, lemon sorbet.
At the cooking ware shop we asked for a typical Belgian 'frietkot' (literally a shed where you can buy fries but usually it's simply a shop) in the center of town. One of the staff was glad we asked. That's because it seems to be city council policy to get those fries shops out of the city center.
We thought this is ridiculous. A 'frietkot' (also known as 'frituur') is a typical Belgian thing that you see on just about every street corner normally.
We were directed to the best one in town, in the Muntstraat (exactly! That's the street where there a just about only restaurants and eateries).
It's called Fonske. Probably after the statue of Fonske (fountain of wisdom) standing on Foch square.
So... remember Fonske!
Favorite Dish: Unfortunately we were there just between opening hours. We will have to enjoy those wonderful golden, 3x baked fries with Belgian mayonaise next time.
Open every day from 17.30 hrs
See the website for more restaurants, including Fonske.
On holiday your eating habits may be a bit different from home. Especially in Belgium where there's such a lot of good quality food. So you want a light lunch? Go here!
You'll be in THE restaurant street of Leuven, hopefully eating on the street and watching people pass by, which I think is fun.
We were looking at the menu but were undecided when the waiter came. He said: why not take the tapas lunch menu? He described it, ending with: and you'll have eaten well.
Thus said, thus done. With the greatest pleasure!
Favorite Dish: We had a tapas lunch menu consisting of (no little portions!):
fresh crusty bread with little dips of garlic/basil butter, good olive oil and finely cubed tasty tomatoes,
terrine of salmon,
terrine of shrimp,
fried fresh (!) calameres.
This cost us an amazing 15 euro each. Which I assure you, is next to nothing for a lovely meal.
Adding up drinks and coffee, we spent 40 euro.
Het Dagelijks Brood means Daily Bread.
If you want to skip your hotel breakfast, this is the place to go. Organic breads, jams, boiled eggs with a bowl of coffee.
Or later in the morning a cappuccino with a wonderful rich cake.
Lunches with some hot dishes, all organic.
It was busy with customers while we were sitting there. Rightly so!
Monday-Saturday 7.30-18.00 hrs
Sunday and holidays: 8.00-16.00 hrs
Favorite Dish: We had coffee, cappuccino and 1 chocolate fudge cake and one 'merveilleux' made of meringue, cream with chocolate chips and a chocolate topping. Delicious!
You can also buy your bread here. Some of them are mighty big so you can buy half or a quarter bread.
Mind you, it is a bit pricy. Our cakes were 4 euro each. But I think it was worth it!
In the Muntstraat, where this restaurant is situated, you are spoiled for choice. However, a VT member recommended it in a tip, and friends, who live nearby Leuven, did also.
The menu is a classic Belgian one. There were main courses for 13-15 euro (for instance the Leuvens stoofvlees (simmered beef). Still, I found the menu costing just a wee bit more than what I am used to in Belgium.
Favorite Dish: Though most mussels come from The Netherlands (Zeeuwse mosselen - mussels from the province Zeeland), they are eaten most in Belgium. The big difference is: in The Netherlands you should have no expectations as to what kind (size/quality) mussels you will get in a restaurant.
In The Netherlands you usually pay just under 20 euro for 'unlimited' mussels.
But in Belgium you get the very best, the largest and most tasty.
You get a kilo or 1.5 kilo boiled and flavoured to your taste (I had garlic, mind you... your loving partner will not love you that night!).
They were excellent. That course cost 23 euro, including fries and some bread.
Shrimp croquettes are a Belgian speciality. These were good. So was the sauce, a good quality flavoured mayonaise. This dish cost 10.50 euro.
The lamb chop dish with herb butter was, well... BIG. A bit too big for a normal eater, which makes it just a bit less fun. The dish was tasty but not very refined. There were no vegetables with the dish.
Salads and side-dishes to be ordered separately.
All in all we paid 83.10 euro for 2 persons, including coffees, beer and tonic and 0.5 ltr red house win.
Brasserie Domus in Leuven is always crowded. Here you can enjoy a small snack or a simple dish with fish or meat. We had a Spaghetti Bolognese as you can see in the picture below. This is one of the special Horeca places in Leuven who pay a lot of attention to the Belgian beer tradition. Next to the many high quality beers brewed in Belgium, they have their own small brewery.
In the house brewery, they use the traditional methods which take more time than the modern beer production. But they have time. To keep the high quality and pureness of the beer, they installed a pipeline from the brewery to the beer taps in the Brasserie. The conditions for a good beer are optimal.
Excellent recommendation by Brecht , my VTer (Museeuw) meet up and reliable purveyor of all things Belgian!, this stew made with Leffe beer and tender cuts of beef (but 'even better when made at home by Brecht himself'!) with an excellent salad with a large cold glass of Leffe blonde (my preference to the darker stronger stuff!) in one of those lovely Belgian beer glasses of course! was good value at only 17 euro.
The ambience was definitely of a Leffe kind - being a Leffe pub/cafe all things Leffe were here - the Leffe trademark advertised around the place - but noticeably clean both up around the restaurant and bar and downstairs around the loo areas.
Favorite Dish: Only tried this dish - but Id recommend it - and would most likely choose again if back.
I'm definitely not an expert on Japanese food, but in my opinion this is a good restaurant. I've been to a couple of Japanese restaurants where it wasn't good, but this one is a nice experience. The fish is definitely fresh, the dishes are delicious, the show of the cook just in front of you is entertaining, ... . Everyone who works there seems to be Chinese though, but for me that is ok. As long as the food is good.
Favorite Dish: Maguro (tuna).
De Appel is a small restaurant in the centre of Leuven, right next to the University's library. Due to its location and the reasonable prices it's very popular among students and professors likewise. The restaurant is situated in a very small house but spreads over 3 floors. As we were a group of 8 we were directed to the top floor where there was only one room with a few tables and we've been on our own up there. It is a very cosy place with huge windows, wooden floor and exposed beams. The staircase that leads upwards is a bit of an adventure as it's very narrow, quite steep and only moderately illuminated. But the food and the nice service make up for the ascent!
De Appel is open:
Monday - Saturday 11.30am to midnight
Closed on Sundays and public holidays!
Favorite Dish: They do have very good pasta at De Appel. I did have vegetarian lasagne which was great, maybe a little bit too oily for my liking. Guido ordered spicy Oriental Spaghetti, as far as I can recollect. Don't really remember what the other guys had... but no one complained and so I'm sure that it was good! ;)
De Appel also offers a variety of local, national and internationl beers, which the guys enjoyed a lot! The service was very satisfying, too. Although we've been a bit "isolated" up there we've never run out of drinks.
Everything is said in the title: an impolite waiter, 90% of the dishes proposed on the menu unavailable, no fish, no shrimps, doubtful meat preparations, burned and fatty samoussas, the dishes we got were not the ones we ordered.... And to finalize, the cashier did some strange manipulations with my credit card at the moment to pay!!!!!! I will check carefully my bank account in the following days.
To summarize, a place to avoid.
Favorite Dish: The 3 days old and dry rice that was served to us was the less disgusting thing I ate there.
This is just round the corner from my faculty, so if I haven't brought sandwiches or bought a baguette at 't Vluggertje and don't fancy the canteen, I head for Lukemieke. It's a vegetarian restaurant, partly self-service (you get your own cutlery, glass, tap water (yep it's safe to drink) and napkins). They've usually got one soup of the day, one dish of the day, which always has at least four or five different types of food (eg a bit of green salad, a bit of potato, a bit of lentil mousaka or whatever and so on), and one oven dish. Pleasant atmosphere. It will not surprise you that it is especially popular with women!
They also do take away. Keep the plastic containers and you get a generous discount if you bring your own the next time you come for take-away.
Children's specials, special toddlers' dish.
Favorite Dish: By the way, they've also got yummy home-made cakes! Again, not cheap (€ 3.50), but you're unlikely to be disappointed.