Rotisserie Ardennaise, Belair, Luxembourg City

On a quiet and sunny Monday evening, Kochi and I decided to start our week in style and spontaneously meet up for a drink in town immediately after work.
Following couple of rounds of wine in the very city center, we were exploring reasonable and nearby alternatives for dinner and decided to head to the Rotisserie Ardennaise, an old fashion Belair institution that is very close to where I live.
As said, the restaurant has been there for ages but has recently changed management and that looked a valid reason for us to try it.
Moreover, even if in my neighborhood, I was always a bit hesitant to try, as mostly attended by those formal and polished Luxembourgish families and aged couples. But wines overcame our shyness and after a quick call to ensure there was place available – yes, it was Monday, but in Luxembourg you never know! – we were welcomed at the restaurant.

The settings, as for above, are coming from another age, but personally speaking I find them quite sophisticated. The service on the other hand was smiling and quite informal – maybe because we were the youngest in the room 🙂 – and we were feeling immediately comfortable in the place.

Our order was anticipated by a carrots gazpacho and a small terrine. We went then both with bresaola carpaccio with truffle as starter. As for main, I decided then for a classic (beef filet with maĂ®tre d’hĂ´tel sauce, accompanied by crunchy vegetables and fries) while Kochi chose a ravioli dish with ham and truffle, again.

We drank a perfect bottle of Nuits Saint Georges during the dinner and concluded with a round (or maybe two as usual) of Grappa Le Diciotto Lune, a nice Italian grappa in barrique I have discovered already at La Briscola.

The final bill for food read 46 euro each, plus 98 Eur for the bottle of wine. Both rounds of digestif were offered.

Pictures of the dinner and then, comme d’ahbitude, impressions.

What I like about Rotisserie Ardenneise:

  • The food was unexpectedly bloody good: surely, the choices on the menu, the presentation as well as the dishes that were coming to the table were very “classic”, but in a good way. The quality of the materials is exceptional and the combination of tastes does not feel boring at all. My meat was butter, fries to die for (yes, I have a problem with French fries, I know) and the bresaola rich of flavors.
  • The service is nice: the restaurant manager used to work in a very well known Italian restaurant in town and inherited from there the radiant smile and the lovely manners.
  • The wine card proposes great choices for all your (wallet) mood, from “I will get my salary only next week” to “We need to celebrate in style”.

What I liked a bit less about Rotisserie Ardenneise:

  • We arrive at the restaurant 15 minutes before 9 pm and you can smell they were in a hurry to make us finishing “on time” as this is the kind of place where people go to eat at 7 pm. The order part and the last 30 minutes were a bit on a rush, that at list was my feeling: as soon as our main was over, we were immediately asked if we wanted a dessert, etc. Yes, we need to specify we are girls who love taking their time for dinner, having our break, ciggy pause, relax. Still, if you want to have dinner there, we suggest you to ago no later than 8.00 pm to enjoy it fully.

In conclusion: Dining at Rotisserie Ardenneise was pretty much a surprise. The food proposal is very classic, therefore it is suggested if you have to take out someone who needs an introduction to French cuisine, it is perfect for a family affair or a business dinner. Indeed we had pleasant time: the food is delicious and never boring, the service is lovely, for real, and the old fashion atmosphere is not much more than a pleasant surrounding.

 

Max + Moritz, Belair, Luxembourg City

The opening of new places in Luxembourg is recently so much anticipated on social media that you cannot wait to visit a new restaurant / bar as soon as it is inaugurated.

For me this was the case when Max + Moritz, a cozy, slightly hipster new bar / eatery in Belair opens its door. I was very tempted by the concept advertised, as well as by the fact it is just around the corner of my new flat.

Unfortunately, twice I have been there this summer, twice I was extremely deluded. At that time, home made cocktails strongly advertised left us with ugly memories, mainly for the taste. Service was both times horrible – slow, not polite, almost rude. Prices, as said, were quite out of the market for being a bar in the middle of nowhere and when we asked for some chips/peanuts with our 16 Euro drink, the only option was ordering a pricey food platter to share.  Another third time, I passed there around closing time – still, ten minutes ahead – the bar was quite full and I was alone, went to the bar for a quick drink and I was told “we are already closed” – really?

As always happens to me – even with people -, I decided to give Max + Moritz another chance. We passed there after a work meeting last week and we stopped by for a drink. We noted the bar team changed and the atmosphere was quite nice. One of the waiters stopped to talk with us and even gave us a ride home when they closed.

We were pretty enthusiast of this  change that we booked for dinner on Saturday night – the online reservation system is one of the things I appreciate most in restaurants and little by little is starting to be a thing as well in Luxembourg. The restaurant side was quite packed but pleasant to enjoy.

We started with a drink, followed by a starter to share – caprese with bufala – and two pizzas – I had the Firecrackers one and my friend a gorgonzola cheese salami personalized one.

The menu has other interesting options as burgers and meat dishes and all of them arriving at other tables around looked pretty good.

Pictures of our dinner followed by general impressions.

What I liked about Max + Moritz:

  • The concept of the restaurant is very nice and the location is cool: it is the perfect place if you want to have an informal dinner, but in a young modern environment. Most of pizzerias are full of noisy families on Saturday night or they are just looking for you to empty your table to accommodate someone else. At Max + Moritz you have several different interesting choices for having a pleasant dinner with friends.
  • Our food was tasty: the pizza is prepared with a very tiny base – if in Italy I would call it “spianata” more than a pizza and the toppings were delicious. My pizza was marked as spicy one and it was indeed spicy.
  • Drinks and wine selection is good and fairly priced and the service is informal, young and smiling. Waiter take their time to serve you and to explain food choices and alternatives – praised to Andrea and the other girl who were serving us that night. Parking is not much issue in the area compared to the city center.

What I liked a bit less about Max + Moritz:

  • Let’s be honest, this is not a cheap place: our pizza were 16/18 euros and other main menu choices are on higher price level. You pay definitely the fancy decor and the fact you are in Belair. If you are on a budget, better book somewhere else.

 

In conclusion: I liked having dinner at Max + Moritz. It is the perfect place to catch up with friends or for a celebration and you can have some drinks at the bar before/after dinner, London style. Pizza was very tasty and I look forward to come back again to try other dishes. Service is great and I much appreciated the fact they had such a remarkable improvement since the opening. Well done.

 

Restaurant Thailand, Belair, Luxembourg

On Sunday night we wanted to go exotic, so I proposed to visit Thailand restaurant in Belair. Since I have been in Bangkok recently, I am more and more fascinated by Thai kitchen, but examples I have tried in Luxembourg so far did not satisfied my expectations – and I still prefer cook it at home by myself.

I have been to Thailand restaurant last time about five years ago and my memories were mainly related to an overpriced bill and a very rude service.

We got to the restaurant at 7.30 pm, without a reservation, and we were accommodated to a small table on side of the corridor between the two main rooms. I was very fascinated by the internal décor of the restaurant, exotic but not cheesy, almost a bit sophisticated. We were handle the menus and, after sometimes, asked for an aperitif. We took two Thai beers and shortly after received also some shrimp chips. The restaurant got packed soon. I had a soup with mushrooms and shrimps as starter, while hubby had a cold beef salad. For main, I went for Curry Basil Chicken, he had some spicy beef with garlic and we shared a Pad Thai (noodles), as side dish. We concluded with a fried ice cream to share.

Enjoy the pictures and then discover my option about the restaurant.

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Things I liked about Thailand restaurant:

  • I enjoyed the food: the soup was delicious and the curry nice. I definitely prefer it a bit less tick but it was tasty and both were kind of authentic for my Thai experience. Only the pad thai to me was not exceptional (cracked noodles, too much egg), but hubby enjoyed it, as well as his dishes – not my kind of, but I tried them and they were spicy and well-cooked.
  • As said above, I really like the ambience and its details. Our table was an unfortunate one, but should you reserve, just ask to be in the back room next to the window.

Things I liked a bit less about Thailand restaurant:

  • I still find it a bit overpriced, like five years ago. Prices for main dishes are fine (around 23 euro for a meat dish), but I definitely find too much 16 euro for my tiny soup and 16 euro for the pad thai as side dish. We ended up spending 130 euro in total, hubby had half a bottle red one and I had water with the main, so, on the pricey side.
  • Service could really be better. Waiters are very stressed, running around and not even taking care about “did you like the food” – above all in consideration of the price as per above. My husband was trying the wine and the waiter was pretty annoyed waiting for him doing it, looking around and acting very fast. The thing that really spoiled our dinner was at the very end: hubby found a hair in his ice-cream half, he left it on the dish and he politely noted it to the waiter when he came to remove the dishes from the table. To me, it would have been a nice gesture to remove the ice-cream from the bill – but it was not done.

In conclusion: I quite enjoyed my dinner at Thailand and liked the food and the ambience. I find anyway the service should really improve to match the price target of the restaurant, that is a bit too high. Not sure I will feel coming back very soon. Suggested for an unusual romantic nigh out.