restaurant review #214 – Yak is a tibetan restaurant in Ostend, on the beach promenade, not far from the Casino Kursaal. In 2018, the name changed from Snow Tearoom to Yak Tibetan restaurant (I’m guessing new owners?).
With no website and no facebookpage, it was hard to find any info about this place. We had already wanted to go previously, to arrive there and find out that it is closed on Tuesday (see Winter opening hours, sheet on front porch).
We were on a Sunday last Winter, and besides a couple of casual visitors drinking a beer on the terrace, we were the only visitors for lunch.
The menu has vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections. About half of the vegetarian dishes seem vegan (others are with butter sauce or with the use of dairy in curry).
I was a bit anxious about having to ask and explain ‘vegan’ (no dairy no eggs), but the young lady serving us seemed to understand – in a mixture of Flemish and English.
We had some springrolls and momos as an appetizer (4,50€ each), and sweet sour vegetables (12,90€) and a spicy tofu dish as mains (13,50€). The main dishes came with plane white rice. We were also offered some spicey sauce on the side (guessing it was sambal).
We didn’t see any desserts mentionned on the menu.
The interior is very vintage and I’m guessing it has been the same for ages. The floor tiles reminded me of old pub floors from the 50’s and ’60’s.
I think the toilets were just as old (they were very shabby and could use a good scrub … )
The restaurant level (terrace and inside) is accessible, with a ramp to get in, I did not see an accessible toilet.
Al in all: Service was a bit reserved (and a bit of a language barrier) but friendly and swift. Cheap (main dishes around 12-13 euro), food was nice albeit basic, matching the basic interior and basic sanitary provisions.
Yak Tibetan restaurant, location
Albert I promenade 77
no website, no facebookpage