a group of us from the office went to Belgo for lunch on Friday - only one in the group had been before. a couple of us came a few minutes behind the rest of the group that had already been seated - the hostess would let us join our party, we had to wait to be escorted to the table and in the meantime seated 3 other tables, this was not a good start...
we finally get to the table to discover a very expensive menu, we knew it was going to be a bit more for lunch than our usual choices but were expecting something similar to Vintage. It was definitely more expensive than Vintage and much less value.
Our server was slow and full of attitude, it took about 10-15 minutes for our drinks to arrive then we waited another 15 minutes before he took our order. The food took ages to arrive, it was after 1pm before we finally ate. the food was alright, but nothing to really write home about, especially for the money.
i don't think any of us will be in a rush to go back.
Thanks pants. You've confirmed rumours about the place. DH said he's been there for after work drinks and wouldn't go back unless someone else was paying.
I was curious about the place since a friend of mine did some of the finishing work.... not so curious though that I'll hand over my wallet for a mediocre experience. :)
It's funny, since we went to Belgo twice in the first 3 months it was open, and the experience has NOT changed since we went, up to now. Slow, distracted service, overpriced beer and food, average quality with bad QPR.
Thanks for saving me from myself though - anytime i start craving moules and frites, i think of the original Belgo in London. Then think "the Belgo here HAS to have improved....". I guess not.
And don't forget, the worst acoustics I've ever encountered in a restaurant. One night, we sat on the second floor sandwiched between the bad bar music from downstairs - and a live band on our floor.
wow, I thought I was the only one that had a bad experience with Belgo.
I made the mistake of putting down a deposit on a catered event with them; they broke off contact without explanation and I've been waiting over a year. They won't return my phonecalls, and I can't bring myself to walk into that crummy place again. Ugh! Just remembering it makes me mad, haha.