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Venue: Odette En Ville - resto-bar

Rue du Châtelain 25, 1050, Brussels

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First impression check-up

Odette En Ville is a relatively well-known venue within the Brussels going out scene. Typically for our charming city the restaurant-bar is part of a boutique hotel in a good location within the central and convenient part of the city.

As I have been there twice, my two impressions lead me to relatively different conclusions.

As a bar Odette en ville, has a great atmosphere and diversity. It is rather modern-chic and within the dark gammas, which means that it's the perfect spot for e.g. after work business drinks. I was, however, disappointed to learn that despite of its great looks, there is no section for cigars-fans which would totally fit the atmosphere. So, big heads up for the bar part but there is still some work to be done on it!

The restaurant part of the venue, however, despite of its great and I underline really creative interior design, is not a one of a front-liner. First, the menu is relatively poor when we talk about choice, which is strange, taking into account that it's part of a hotel. The main courses plates correspond to a drink size starters rather than to a proper dinner plates, and to be quite frank, they don't justify at all the expectations, which both the atmosphere of the place and the prices create. In other words, there are probably tons of other places, where I would prefer to have a dinner with much more delicious (this one was hardly even close to delicious...) food on a better price. Finally, despite of the friendly and really skilled-looking service of the staff, it is a huge disappointment to find a piece of plastic in your dessert, which probably end up their while the chef was opening the fruits box for the cake and chatting over his iPhone in the same time... I mean, this is totally disappointing for a boutique venue and a detail like that can spoil quite a lot in the overall mark you put on the place.

Total recommendation on a SECOND review:

Lounge/Bar: 8/10

Restaurant: 3/10

Choice is yours and the agenda is here: http://www.chez-odette.com/

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BRS pick: Eurocratic Residents' Night at Aloft

Venue: Eurocrats' Residents' Night @ Aloft Brussels Schuman
Place Jean Rey • 1040 Brussels • Map

First impression check-up

Unfortunately the feeling which hit me from the entering into the hotel, was one word: fake. The idea of the Eurocrats' party seems to be really tempting: to bring up internationals and expats from all over the place to so called 'exclusive' parties. Cool idea, but poor execution. I hate the flashy but overrated word exclusive, which promises you a VIP experience and actually doesn't correspondent to the reality. So, being not so critical, I would say, that I prefer more earth-bound events, who fulfill their promise and you know what to expect.

Starting from my expectations, still from the entry of the Aloft hotel, I supposed that this party will actually differ somehow from everywhere else in Brussels. I didn't quite understand how a 10 EUR entry-bracelet with 'Eurocrats' title on it, poor service, which trains you for patience while waiting just to order a simple drink, waiting for more than 15 mins for a wardrobe number on the way in and more than 35 mins on the way out, make you feel anyhow special or at an exclusive party. Not to mention a 35 EUR bottle of wine which tastes like a house wine from a supermarket...

Going further with the honesty, I'd say that parting in a hotel's lobby isn't quite what I can title as adequate and honestly doesn't correspondent to the promise that these events are being held at some of Brussels’ most prestigious venues. Maybe it's just me, but I don't find it normal to dress up fashionable just to have my drink in a lobby and more over to dance there...However, probably it's part of the 'travelers' spirit of the Eurocrats' idea and poorly executed marketing-bound up strategy. Enough with that.

As for the music, now that was a really 'Thank you' choice of a cool DJ, who was actually willing to play your song and was up to date with the hits out there. So, one big point for that! Another sweet moment of course was the nice personalized depicting of the whole party by the professional photographer, who surprised me with few cool shots published on their website.

However, I lack the exclusivity of the party in terms of inexperienced.

Total recommendation on a FIRST review: 4/10

If you want to try out this by yourself, you can check the current events' calender on their flashy website: http://eurocrats.eu/

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