La Cloche: "Somewhat pretentious, expensive and VERY slow..." Top 5 Page for this destination Leiden Restaurant Tip by rsilva
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...could be used to describe this place.
I made a reservation for my girlfriend's birthday and asked for a nice table, preferably by the window. I was told it was not available, but I would get a "very nice one"...
When we arrived, we were seated at our table, at the very end of the restaurant, in a small, dark room (not cosy or romantic) with three other tables. I would have preferred any other, but the place seemed to be almost full.
We then were greeted by a waiter that, although nice and polite, was a bit of a comedian and was always joking, which was fine until things started to go wrong and we were getting a bit upset.
It took about 15 minutes before we got the actual menu, an additional 30-40 minutes to get (one!) starter and the main course took almost another one hour!!! In total, we spent 2h45m to eat one starter, two main courses and and a small dessert. I was enjoying the company, but this is a bit too long for my taste.
The restaurant was a bit pretentious as it was supposed to be classy but then we had dirty glasses and the bottle cooler was all dirty as well. There was also a dog sitting right next to the cutlery (nothing against animals, I just don't like to eat their hair). At a certain point, the waiter came and poured the water in my glass and he dropped the bottle cap on the floor. He picked it up and but it back on the bottle!!! This is not supposed to happen.
My girlfriend wanted some wine to go with the main course. We managed to finish it completely(!) before the waiter came with the wine. At this stage, she said she did not wanted it anymore and the waiter started asking "not even a little bit? Come on, just a sip!". Believe me, it was even more ridiculous than it sounds.
To top things off, we were sitting next to three tables of loud-speaking people (I think they were all business meetings) that would answer their mobile phones at the table, after they had been ringing at least for 30 seconds (it happen 3-4 times). I guess this kind of restaurant will attract this kind of people.
Favorite Dish: In the end, I did not like the table, the people around us were really annoying, when that was not enough the waiter was there to "help" and the food, although good, was definetly not worth the money.
The three dishes we had (spicy avocado sallad with shrimps, St. Pierre fish and beef filet) were good, but not good enough to justify the price.
Starters are 9 or 11 Eur, main courses 20 and desserts 9 Eur.
We paid 60 Eur for one starter, 2 main courses and drinks.
Address: Kloksteeg 3, 2311 SK Leiden
Comparison: more expensive than average
Price: US$41 and up
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