A nice place, but they won't cash traveller's cheques for you so don't ask. Like most nice restaurants in Leuven, it's small and personal. The atmosphere is nice, and what food I had there was DELICIOUS. Also, the staff are very friendly.
Favorite Dish: Oh, man. I just had an apetizer but it was soooo good. It was a ball of baked goat cheese with spices and honey, and walnuts I believe. So good! If you happen upon this place, just go in and get it!
This is a terrific restaurant. The atmosphere is edgy and exciting, but also dark and cozy. Ombre ou Soleil is owned by a man who is living his dream of owning such a restaurant. He will come out and talk to you, even talk recipes if you're interested. The food is atypical, as in all the recipes are original and experimental. The presentation of the food itself is beautiful and enticing, such that you feel that by eating the dish you are participating in a work of art. Like there's an unspoken message: "The construction of this food is so important to us, eat it well!"
Favorite Dish: I had stingray when I was there, which is not a dish I had eaten before nor come across since. It was cooked perfectly, and I think used a balsamic reduction sauce, which is hard to make I hear. The flavours were complex and unfolded like rose petals, one within the other. It was evident that all aspects of the dish were considered: No sense was left wanting. Truly fine dining. Not too pricey either!
Domus is a Leuven institution. The tavern with first floor and mezzanine seats over 300, yet it's cozy with an intimate atmosphere (check their web site for some interior pictures). Out on the terrace, which seats over 150 - there are frequent live shows of bands (during summer months). As for food, you can get rolls and sandwiches (Belgian or American breakfast is served from 9:00-12:00), pastas, salads, and anything from snacks like omelettes to full menus, desserts, and plentry to drink ... A good reason to visit is not just the available selection of 60 beers, but the fact Domus is known for having its own brewery (tours of the brewery available to groups of 15 or more people, call ahead to reserve), they produce ca. 1000 hl anually of the following, unique beers (alcohol percentage and beer type between brackets) :
- Leuvendige Witte (4,5%, white)
- Nostra Domus (5%, extra)
- Con Domus (5%, bitter)
- Abt Bijbier (7%, extra herb/honey/vegetable)
- Blok-bok (7%, dark "bok")
- Ochtend Kriek (7%, fruit)
- St. Adriaansbier (7%, extra)
- St. Adriaans Kerstbier (8%, double dark)
- Engel (8%, double dark)
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.
It is a nice place to come with your friends and family to have something to eat or just sit down and have a Belgium beer, a nice place, calm and very nice brick-bar. Check it out and let me know!
Favorite Dish: I like to go here for a beer!
This street is just ram-packed full of delicious restaurants of all (most) price ranges. Walking down this little cobbled pedestrian avenue, you can smell all sorts of delectable quisine wafting out from each door. In the summertime there are several chairs outside each restaurant, so you can actually see what people are eating! So much better than looking at a menu in the window!
Just follow your nose to satisfy your culinary cravings...
Thomas Stapleton - only steps away from the Grote and Oude Markt - is widely regarded as the best Irish pub and (separate) restaurant in the area. If you'd like to enjoy a selection of whiskeys or beers like Guiness, Kilkenny etc. on draft, or would like to have a tasty, sumptuous Irish meal - this is the place to go. The interior is at the same time quite stunning, cozy and inviting. Live music on Saturdays. Recommended.
Their accent lies on coffee, juice and wine : and that was a good choice.
What I like about this place is that everything is fresh and prepared with care (you can taste it!). The interior is very nice... modern but not cold... but the bathroom is just weird... be prepared for some orange light...
Opened from 8 am till 1 am, every day except on monday and tuesday.
Favorite Dish: The menu changes constantly, so no suggestions on the food... but do try the 'Tropical delight' fruitjuice... it was excellent!
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).
The Mama Mia is a smaller, but delicious cheap and cozy italian restaurant in the 'Parkstraat'. Very popular with students, so it might be full when you arive late.
The Pizza's are better than anywhere, even than those in Italy!
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.
This is where I get my sandwiches - if I don't make them myself, let that be clear! They call themselves a gourmet sandwich café and rightly so. This is not your average uninspired baguette. High quality ingredients and original combinations; French/Mediterranean touch. Nice atmosphere but the terrace can be windy. Closed July - mid August. Prices in the € 2.50 - 3.90 range. Just slightly more expensive than average but worth it.
Favorite Dish: There's too many. Baguettes with home made poached salmon salad! With grilled chicken in roquefort sauce! With goat's cheese, honey vinaigrette and black olives! And so on!
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.
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.
As a Thai visiting Leuven for 7 days, I ate there everyday. Foods in Thai House, Leuven are real Thai. If you cannot get to Thailand, Thai House is the restaurant where you can get real Thai foods. When ordering, be sure to tell the chef to prepare your foods "Thai style," though.
Favorite Dish: 1. Plaa Raad Prig--Trout covered in red Thai curry.
2. Tomyum Goong--Hot and sour shrimp soup.
3. Phad Kaprao Goong--Shrimps sauted in hot sauce with basil leaves.
4. Goong Phad Kratiem Prigthai--Shrimps sauted in garlic and pepper sauce.
They all were simply delicious.