restaurant review #264 – This review is from a restaurant visit to Madonna a couple of months ago at the beginning of 2020, just before the lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started.
Madonna is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Ghent, near the Sint-Michiels church.
We were here on a weekday for dinner. The restaurant room is spacious, and is old-style with lots of wood on the walls and a high ceiling. A rather dark atmosphere. Wooden chairs (not so comfy).
The tapas menu (21€ pp) is the only option (next to that you can choose some small appetizers like olives or nuts, and desserts).
It was said to be no problem to veganize the tapas menu (see photo of menu).
The 7 courses followed swiftly. No long waits. This is what we had:
For dessert we shared the parsnip, qumquat and hazelnut crumble (6€).
Some of the food combinations and flavours were a bit strange (e.g. the large pieces of red cabbage in miso or the parsnip in the dessert, not really my cup of tea) and most of the dishes were cold dishes. Some more warm dishes (especially in winter time) would be nice.
Service was friendly, maybe somewhat reserved and keeping it to the strict minimum.
The restaurant room is on ground floor and is accessible. No accessible toilet. Toilets could use some renovation (working, but very old-school).
All in all: we had a nice dinner for a reasonable price (21 euro/pp for the tapas dinner; the parsnip dessert was 6€ and steep though). Relaxed. Some strange food combinations, but would love to give it another go to try out other creations.
website: no website
This review is from before a visit before the lockdown, so please be aware that the setting, menu, etc may have changed meanwhile.