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    Taste of Belgium

    This is pretty harsh and for the sake of the restaurant I hope an isolated experience, but I was asked to share it. We stopped in for lunch since we happened to be at the Palm Beach mall. Ordered fries, croque monsieur and mussels. I asked if the mussels came with bread, no they don't, but they would give me bread for $2. What kind of bread, I asked. The choices were "little squares of bread" or french bread. (I am quoting her directly.). Huh? OK, I agreed to the french bread so I could soak up the juice from the mussels. I needn't have bothered, since there was no juice. I've had many mussels in my lifetime, but these were just not good. They were smothered in diced carrots and celery, sprinkled with supermarket canned parmesan cheese and the tiny bit of sauce was flavorless. This was accompanied by four small flat dry squares of "bread". Definitely not French bread.

    On to my husband's croque monsieur. Two pieces of Wonder Bread with the thinnest possible slice of generic ham and a very thin slice of bland cheese. The bread had grill marks but grilled without even the slightest bit of butter or oil. Dry as a bone. Soup kitchens probably do a better job. The fries were OK but not seasoned. I had to dump a ton of salt on them to make them palatable. How do these people stay in business? There as hardly any one in the place, which should have been my first clue.

    Upon leaving I stopped to speak with the manager/bartender and actually told him what I wrote above. I have never done that, but that's how appalled we were with the food. If this is an accurate "taste of Belgium" I'm surprised anyone would willingly visit that country.

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    Manager's reaction ?

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    Wow! My question too, what was the rest of the conversation?
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    He listened politely, asked what we ordered and thanked me for the input. I don't have high hopes that my comments would effect any changes though. Any of us could make a better grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

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    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    I can't imagine an onsite manager is unaware of what the kitchen is turning out.

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    We always liked the place but we would usually just pop in for a Duvel and a light snack in the late afternoon. In April we did have lunch there (photo below - we had leftovers and decided that next time we would split a sandwich) but lately I've been hearing mixed reviews about the place.
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    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    We have always gone to Taste of Belgium, but this last trip didn't for reasons I won't bore you with. We have dinner there at least once a trip and have always been very pleased. I hope this was an isolated instance. We will be disappointed if their quality and service has gone down.

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    We tried them a couple of years ago for dinner..... didn't make it to our 'must go back list!'

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    We have always had good experiences there. I wouldn't call it amazing - but enjoy the beer selection and the Fries. I think we actualy did New Year's Eve dinner there the last two years.
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    My family and I have eaten breakfast there over the last couple of visits and finally had dinner there. We had no problems at all. Everything was good.


    charlie

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