Restaurant review #95 – Mosquito Coast is a travel restaurant in the city center of Ghent (in between the Korenmarkt and Vrijdagmarkt – close to the city hall). It is actually very close to Japanese restaurant Amatsu, which we also visited recently (see review here).
I had seen it mentionned several times in some of the Belgian vegan facebookgroups, as a place where vegans also can have a meal.
I wanted to go there with a friend and phoned to inquire. The guy at the telephone said they have one vegan dish standardly available (the seitan stew with croquettes) and several vegetarian dishes (turns out some of them can easlily be veganised).
I had the seitan stew (17,75€). My friend had the portobello burger (13,75€) . We checked with the kitchen staff to know whether the bun of the portobello burger was vegan too (whether it didn’t contain dairy or eggs). Staff seemed to be taken by surprise by this question. After a while, one of the kitchen staff returned to say it was, that it ‘didn’t contain any dairy’ (he did seem a bit elusive on our question whether it didn’t contain any eggs – I would definitely advise to check again when visiting Mosquito Coast, to be sure).
This is what we had:
Mosquito Coast is a vary spacious place. There are three terraces (one in front and two in the back) so definitely in Summer time there is plenty of room. The tables inside are not all very comfortable (there are some where you can hardly put two plates on, because the tables are so narrow) and the wooden pub like chairs are rather uncomfortable. It is more a pub style restaurant than a ‘restaurant’, with also a bar with stools. Being a ‘travel restaurant’, there are some exotic touches (framed photos, international licence plates on the walls), unfortunataley also a dead animal’s head on the wall (zebra – see photo below)
Toilet is upstairs and is brightened up with lively coloured paintings. Toilets were clean.
Service was very friendly.
The food was good, I certainly liked the seitan stew (although I do like the version we make ourselves still better 🙂 our recipe is here! ) The croquettes with veganaise on the side were also nice. My friend also liked the portobello burger, although most of what was on the dish was cold (lots of salad), so if you are looking for a hot meal, this is not the best choice.
Mosquito coast, location