#33 Our lunch at vegetarian resto Lokaal, Ghent **

Restaurant review #33 – Lokaal is a new vegetarian restaurant/tea house (opened at end of 2014) in the city center of Ghent. It’s about a 5 minute walk from the Kouter, and is located at the corner of the glass alley (red light district). The name Lokaal reveals the restaurant’s concept: using local product (from within Europe) as much as possible. There is always a vegan dish standardly available. In a newspaper article I also read they wanted to grow herbs in the restaurant room and use these in the dishes. Lokaal also offers a couple of dozen sorts of tea.
Sounds promising! So we were eager to check it out.

vegetarian teahouse and resto Lokaal, Ghent
vegetarian teahouse and resto Lokaal, Ghent (on left of alley)
Lokaal, Ghent, interior
interior, Lokaal, Ghent

Our lunch

Options are indicated on the chalk board high up and above in the restaurant. The only thing that wasn’t vegan was said to be the quiche (I specifically asked about the bread and it was said to be vegan). The soup wasn’t red beet soup as indicated, but red cabagge soup.

Lokaal, menu
Lokaal, menu

We ordered the soup (4,5€) and then the sandwich with Brussels sprouts and hazelnuts (6€), and the gratin with carrots, red beet and parsnip (6€). For drinks we had appeljuice (2€).

Apple juice, 2€
Apple juice, 2€
Red cabbage soup, 4,5€
Red cabbage soup, 4,5€
sandwich with brussels sprouts and hazelnut cream
sandwich with brussels sprouts and hazelnut cream, 6€
Gratin, 6€
Gratin with carrots, parsnip, red beet, 6€

The sandwich with hazelnut and Brussels sprouts cream was very nice. Not a big portion (some would consider this an ideal appetizer), but quite enough for me for lunch. 6 euro for some bread with cream is a bit steap though. On the other hand, the gratin with parsnip and red beet was a huge portion for only 6€. But culinary rather monotone, and with a too dominant wine flavor. I’m guessing the wine did not have the time to cook or evaporate, as it was like eating vegetables soaked in white wine.

The young lad serving us was very friendly, but not very knowledgeable (had to go check several questions we had), and hardly spoke a word Dutch. When for example asking whether any of the cakes was vegan, he first replied he didn’t know, then took a closer look at one of the two cakes and said that one was probably vegan (without knowing what pie it actually was). It didn’t give us a reassuring feeling, so we skipped dessert.

We were there on a rather cold Winter day, but couldn’t get warm inside. There only seemed to be one heater, and although the place is not that big (only about 10 seated places), that clearly wasn’t enough to heat the room. That, together with the uncomfy chairs, didn’t make it a very enjoyable lunch experience.
I looked at the flower pots at the front windows, but was disappointed to see that a lot of the herbs were wilted. There didn’t seem to be much left in there that could be used in the kitchen.

finetuning

So we were rather disappointed. Altough clearly no lack of enthusiasm, and very friendly, it all felt a bit amateuristic. We like some more comfort (e.g. not having to worry about ending up with the tap in your hand when washing your hands after a loo visit). But since Ghent is a student town, maybe it can appeal to a younger generation.
All in all: great concept, not expensive, but the execution needs a lot of upgrading and finetuning before we would consider visiting again.

Lokaal, location
Brabantdam 100
9000 Ghent
0477/19.95.44

See our lists of restaurants where vegans are welcome in the menu section of The Bruges vegan! List restaurants in Bruges and around Bruges

Lokaal, Ghent
Lokaal, Ghent
Lokaal, Ghent
Lokaal, Ghent

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jammer dat het wat tegengevallen is… Ik wil er ook al een tijdje naartoe eigenlijk!

    1. brugesvegan says:

      laat het je niet tegenhouden! ben benieuwd om ook anderen hun ervaring te horen! 🙂
      het is niet onze stijl, maar smaken verschillen hé

  2. Inderdaad wat jammer. Net zoals Fieke wil ik er ook al eventjes naartoe (maar ik wil ook ALTIJD naar Komkommertijd als ik in Gent ben, dus ‘t is moeilijk afwegen, zeker nu..).
    Ben je eigenlijk al in de pop-up Sprouts geweest in Turnhout? Of van plan te gaan? Ik ben wel benieuwd naar jou/jullie ervaring 😉

    1. Laat gerust weten als je nog eens naar Gent zou komen, dan kunnen we misschien samen gaan?

      1. Ja goed plan! dan laat ik zeker iets weten 🙂

    1. brugesvegan says:

      Indeed. It was not our cup of tea :-/

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