restaurant review #186 – A couple of weeks ago, we visited ‘t Vijfde Seizoen in Aalter. This literally translates as ‘the fifth season’. It is located between Bruges and Ghent and is a gastronomic restaurant. There is always a vegetarian menu standardly available, which can be veganised upon request (I don’t know whether one has to ask in advance, but I think that’s always advised, and we did anyway when making the reservation).
The restaurant is quite spacious and has a nice terras at the back. There’s also a lounge area at the back, where we had our drinks and amuse gueules (ceviche of beet, with quinoa, falafel croquette, with weeds and hummus).
We relocated to the dining and room, and the waitress came with butter and bread, but immediately realised the mistake herself, and then came with olive oil. The bread was vegan (checked with chef in kitchen).
This is what we had for dinner (65€ for menu ‘Veldexpressie’ – 5 courses).
- courgetini, ‘sea berry’ (don’t know is this is the correct translation from ‘zeebes’), puffed buckwheat, tomato consommé
- asparagus, statice (lamsoor), crusty sourdough, almond pepper
- broad beans, morels, ramson
- flan of courgette with cucumber, cauliflower and mini cucumber
- granité from blood orange, strawberry and pecans
Everything was simply delicious! Lovely combinations, nice flavours, and nice presentation. Courses followed swiftly.
The atmosphere was very enjoyable, with friendly service and good music (eg Eddie Vedder, Bonnie Rait).
However, also keep in mind that this is non-vegan restaurant and – as is always the case in non-vegan restaurants – you cannot escape being confronted with non-vegan items. I think (going from the look) the table coats and chairs were leather.
Toilets were very clean and spacious. Individual towels to dry one’s hands.
Bonus: everything was wheelchair accessible, also with an accessible toilet.
All in all: We really enjoyed our dinner at ‘t Vijfde Seizoen. Of all the gastronomic dining experiences we have had so far, this certainly ranks as one of the best. We definitely want to visit again!
‘t Vijfde Seizoen, location