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They also don’t take reservations, so expect to wait a while for your table. Our party of five takes a draughty seat by the door and nurses a round of Trappist beers (Rochefort, Chimay, Orval) in the meantime.

Finally seated, we have a look down the rows of other diners squeezed together at long wooden tables. There’s a party of 17 next to us. (Or are they together?) This is by no means a romantic one-on-one kind of restaurant, but rather a place where you bring along a bunch of mates, or go to meet a few new ones.

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Record number of tax denunciations

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Website to allow citizens to report obsolete laws

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