#89 Nice vegan dish at Bistro Belle de Jour, Ostend ****

Restaurant review #89 – Bistro Belle de Jour is a small place in one of the quiet streets of the city center, at the back of cultural centre De Grote Post. It’s a two minute walk from shopping street Kappelestraat, I had inquired some time ago whether vegan was possible, and that was said to be no problem.

Bistro Belle de Jour, Ostend
Bistro Belle de Jour, Ostend

So when making the reservation, I requested this again. Communication on the phone didn’t go very smooth (the lady answering didn’t seem to understand Flemish very well), so we were a bit anxious to go. But we were quickly reassured upon arrival. Chef Els came personally to give us some vegan suggestions, based on the vegetarian dishes of the day (listed on the chalk board) and what’s available in the kitchen.

We were seated at a little table at the window, with antique glass vases on the windowstill. There is one large table in the middle, sharing space with others. When we make a reservation again, I would definitely ask for a private table, like we had now. Although we do go dining out in non-vegan restaurants all the time, I would not feel confortable to be confronted with the pieces of meat and fish right next to me.

Belle de Jour, vases on windowstill
Belle de Jour, vases on windowstill
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Belle de Jour, one large communal table in the center of the bistro
Belle de Jour, menu on chalk board
Belle de Jour, menu on chalk board

We had some appetizers, and then dinner followed shortly. A colourful and varied salad, with yellow beets and a dish with wild mushrooms and lentils (instead of polenta which was listed on the menu – because that was made with butter).

apple juice (4,20€ and fresh orange juie (6,40€) and appetizers
apple juice (4,20€) and fresh orange juice (6€, but it was a large glass!) and appetizers
Varied salad with yellow beets, 20€
Varied salad with yellow beets, 20€
variety of mushrooms with lentils, 20€
variety of mushrooms with lentils, 20€

We had a very lovely meal. Everything freshly prepared, varied and original! 20€ is not cheap, but we rather spend 20€ on this than 12€ for an inspirationless ‘pasta with stir fried vegetables’ (again, and again, and … ). There were no vegan desserts available (although the waiter did suggest to give some fruits and maybe see what else was possible), but we were really stuffed. Service was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Bistro Belle de Jour seems very popular, because the place was packed the evening that we were there! Maybe it’s because of the old stone floor, but accoustics were very bad and it was a crowded atmosphere. Chairs are also very unomfortable (they are old basic pub chairs).
Toilets are downstairs (clean) and I loved the old water bassins and tiles!
Despite the above mentioned minor points on comfort and accoustics, we defintely want to visit Bistro Belle de Jour again. The menu changes every couple of weeks, so would love to try a new vegan creation!

Belle de Jour, location
Aartshertoginnestraat 5
8400 Oostende
0479 360 905

websitehttp://www.bistrobelledejour.be/

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

Belle de Jour, window paintings
Belle de Jour, window paintings
Belle de Jour, toilets downstairs, with antique washing tables
Belle de Jour, toilets downstairs, with antique washing tables
Bistro belle de Jour, Ostend
Bistro belle de Jour, Ostend
Our dinner at Bistro Belle de Jour (20€ each).
Our dinner at Bistro Belle de Jour (20€ each).

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Eva says:

    Looks very mjammie

  2. ktkickass says:

    LOVE IT! Wish I was there! Awesome post!! 🙂

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