restaurant review #196 – The Lab is a restaurant in the city center of Maastricht, with some vegan options. Actually, it is more a pub/cocktail bar, than a real restaurant, with loud music and a dark, hipster pub atmosphere. It seemed very popular with students.
We visited at the end of June, when we were on a holiday in the area.
I doubted whether I would post this review on my blog, as The Lab is not a place that I recommend. But then again, I think it is also important to share less favourable experiences (see this blogpost: a critical note on vegan friendly places? don’t you dare) It is very rare that I am thoroughly disappointed about a place. As is the case here.
When we came in, the first thing we noticed was a very strong ‘toilet’ odour (and not in a favourable way).
There were still plenty of tables available and we could choose a table to sit.
You can compose your bowl or choose from one of the available options. The vegan options (burger and bowl) are clearly indicated, and those were said to be the only vegan options.
We ordered the tempeh burger, and a bowl with tempeh.
The tempeh ‘burger’ seemed to be just slices of ‘baked’ tempeh placed on top of each other. However, the tempeh was not baked and as good as raw.
The bowl was with couscous, tempeh (also as good as raw) and guacamole.
The food seemed freshly prepared, and was a large portion, but not at all tasteful. We didn’t fancy a whole stack of nearly raw tempeh.
We thought it was going to come with fries on the side (as it says on the menu), but we weren’t served any fries. We wanted to ask the young waiter about the fries, and we also wanted to order some more drinks, but he was very rude. He annoyingly snapped that he ‘will be with you immediately‘. But never came and even completely ignored us afterwards.
So no more drinks, and no fries. And no bill, so we went to pay at the counter (where there was another waiter).
The stinky smell led to extremely dirty toilets downstairs (hairs sticking to the walls, which could use a good washing).
The Lab is not accessible (stairs going up to get in, toilets downstairs).
In sum: The food seemed freshly prepared (and, all in all cheap) but was tasteless. Unfriendly and rude service. Dirty and smelly toilets. Uncomfortable chairs and very loud atmosphere. Not an enjoyable evening. We will not be visiting again.
The Lab, location
6211 LJ Maastricht
+31 6 151 62 936