All posts tagged: 4stars

#119 Indonesian rice table at Selamat Datang, Zoetermeer

Restaurant review #119 – Selamat Datang is an Indonesian restaurant in the center of Zoetermeer, a small town north of Rotterdam (NL). We’ve visisted Zoetermeer quite a few times over the year for a music show, as there is a music venue that hosts a lot of prog rock bands and tribute bands: De Boerderij. There are plenty of Indonesian restaurants in The Netherlands (given the historical link with the country), but unfortunately they are a rarity in Belgium. So whenever we are in the Netherlands, we try to go to an Indonesian restaurant. We had been to Selamat Datang one time before, a couple of years ago, and I recall we had no trouble being served a vegan meal then (we only took a main dish each at that visit). It was a very hot Spring day, and we sat on the outside terrace (the restaurant is on the first floor, and the terrace in front, viewing passage in the street). At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything vegan on the menu. …

#118 Take away from Qosy Green, Ghent

Restaurant Review #118 – Qosy Green is a Vegan Thai take away and catering bussiness at the edge of Ghent. So strictly speaking, this is not really a restaurant review, as we didn’t have our meal onsite. Qosy Green does not have a shop with a counter, where you can choose from a menu, so it is advised to telephone ahead and place your order for take away. A couple of weeks ago, we had friends coming over for lunch. As we both have had a lot on our minds the last couple of months, our friends suggested to bring take away from Qosy Green for lunch. A great idea! This is what we had: springrolls with sweet sour sauce, curry with tofu and rice on the side and an impressive looking marble cake with whip. The only thing we had to do was cook rice, and heat the dishes (the spring rolls in the oven, the curry on the stove). So we had a relaxed lunch! Really great value for money (55€ for 4 …

#116 Vegan lunch at the beach: Histoires d’O, Ostend

Restaurant review #116 – Histoires d’O is a bistro on the beach promenade in Ostend. I had inquired beforehand via e-mail and received a reply that they have several vegan dishes, like a pasta pesto and a dish with quinoa. We were in Ostend a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday, and had no set lunch plans, so this was more sprung of the moment. I did phone beforehand to make a reservation (which turned out not to be really necessary, still plenty of space available) and asked again about vegan options. The lady on the phone seemed to be a bit confused about what vegan means, but we decided to go anyway and hoped it would become clear when ordering. Histoires d’O is a nice place, with a vintage feel. The dark wooden furniture reminds me of old fishermen pubs from decades ago. The chairs are also very vintage, and as is often the case with retro style, not so comfortable 😉 Service was very friendly, and the waitress had no problem checking …

#114 Lunch at Agua del Mar, Ostend

restaurant review #114 – Agua del Mar is one of the two restaurants in the Kursaal of Ostend, with a nice view on the beach promenade and the North sea. We originally planned on going to the other restaurant, situated above Agua del Mar, the Ostend Queen, as we had seen in this facebook post that they offer a gastronomical vegan menu. Unfortunately, since the beginning of 2017, Ostend Queen has stopped taking reservations for smaller parties (only reservations for groups of 25 and more!). When telephoning to make a reservation, we were assured that we could just as well have a vegan menu at Agua del Mar (always a vegan option standardly available), and that it is the same chef for the two restaurants, and that he could also come up with a vegan suggestion a la minute. So we were happy to make the reservation at Agua del Mar! (Update see below) We were here for lunch on a Saturday. Despite it being a school holiday week, there weren’t that many tables occupied (besides ourselves, …

#113 Nice lunch at new vegetarian restaurant Como en Casa, Liège

Restaurant review #113 – Como en Casa is a new vegetarian restaurant in Liège (opened at the end of 2016). It is in the city center of Liège,not so far from the Place Saint Lambert. We were here a couple of weeks ago when we visited Liège for the exhibition of Zoo Humains (blogpost following). I made a reservation for two for lunch that same morning, but there was still plenty of pace (this was on a Friday). Como en Casa is a nice spacious place. It is nicely decorated and there is a smal exhibited with art at rear end of the restaurant. Upon entering, we were quickly greeted by the waitress. Service was very friendly. We tried our best French and mentioned we are vegan (végétalien) in French, and were quickly reassured that vegan items are indicated on the menu. The wine list also indicates the vegan wines and the house wine (per glass) is also vegan. Nice to see a restaurant in Belgium paying attention to this! We both ordered a different appetizer. Fried potatoes and jerusalem …

#112 Casual dinner at Bistro Piazza, Louvain (now Grand Café Industrie)

Restaurant review #112 – Bistro Piazza in Louvain (Leuven) is a traditional brasserie style restaurant just opposite the train station of Louvain (So a 15 minute walk from the city center). It is large spacious place (high ceiling) and has a stylish atmosphere. We were here a couple of months ago in December 2016, and there were Christmas decorations up. UPDATE: the Place is now called ‘Grand Café Industrie‘, and has been renovated since. Bistro Piazza is regular (non-vegan) bistro with the usual suspects on the menu: croques, croquettes, spaghetti etc. Since a couple of months, there is also a seperate vegan menu, which is clearly indicated. Even with mention that it is served with vegan bread. I telephone beforehand to make a reservation and inquired about the vegan options. Unfortunately the vegan burger was no longer available (the burger they had used was from Boni – Colruyt and Colruyt changed it and made it non-vegan – so they were still looking for an alternative). The vegan gyros was also not available that evening. Bummer! They did mention …

Adding stars to my restaurant reviews

I have been contemplating this for a while, but decided to finally add stars to the restaurant reviews on The Bruges Vegan. (update Fall 2017: I stopped doing this – see below). In favour of adding stars: It is an easy way to give an ‘overall’ impression of a restaurant I can add it to the title of the restaurant review, so that immediately gives you an indication of our experience (either good or bad). Against adding stars: I find it difficult to score on a 5 star scale (but halves would complicate it too much) I feel al lot of places will fall in the 3 to 4 category People might only judge by the given star, and not read the review anymore (if they ever did 😉 ) A score is a medium of different aspects: food, comfort, service, hygiene, opening hours, etc. Foodwise it might be a 5 star, but comfortwise it might only be a 1 star, so that levels the score. My rating may change over time, as my assessment also evolves the more …

#107 Nice lunch at vegetarian restaurant Noordoever, Louvain

Restaurant review #107 – Noordoever is a new place at the edge of Louvain, on the north side (opened in 2015). It is close to the docks and the old factories of beer brewing company Stella Artois. The area around Noordoever is nicely renovated, with new appartments and a nice open space for events and get togethers next to the docks. Restaurant Noordoever is a nice spacious place, with large windows and as such very bright. It’s a lovely decor. Some chairs have cushions, which is nice and comfortable. There is also a seperate room for meetings or group lunch. You cannot order a la carte, but there is a buffet with loads of options to choose from. Noordoever is a vegetarian restaurant, but most dishes at the buffet were vegan, which was clearly indicated next to the dishes (also with the ingredients of the dish). The buffet normally starts at 12 o clock, but it was was more like 12.15 when the buffet was ready and all dishes were presented and we could start lunch. For drinks we had a …

#106 Nice dinner and service at Xu’s Cooking, Vienna

Restaurant Review #106. This is the last restaurant review from our visit to Vienna in Austria last Summer. Here’s an overview of all the restaurants we visited in Vienna. Xu’s Cooking is a vegetarian Taiwanese restaurant on the edge of city center of Vienna. It is a spacious place, with a terrace outside. The interior did ooze a bit of a somber and outdated atmosphere though. Xu’s Cooking has a buffet at lunch time, but we were here for dinner. There is a very extensive menu list. Most dishes are vegan (non-vegan dishes are labelled with a *). There are a lot of dishes with mock meats and ‘fish’. Not being used to so much variety on a menu list any more, it was hard to choose! This is what we had: We were too stuffed for desserts, but were served some banana balls and hot drinks anyway! A very enjoyable dining out experience. Although I am no fan of labelling and especially shaping vegan foods as ‘fish’ or ‘chicken’ (I understand it lowers the treshold …

#105 All you can eat vegan food at Tai buffet, London (UK)

Restaurant review #105 – Tai Buffet is a vegan restaurant in center of London, near Shepherd’s Bush. We went here in the weekend that we were in London for Vegfest London (see review here), in October 2016. I telephoned the restaurant to make a reservation, and the girl at the phone said there is always a place available, but she did reserve a table for us. That appeared not to be necessary, there was still plenty of room (about 7PM on a Sunday evening). Tai buffet offers an all you can eat buffet. I did notice a sign that you can only be there for maximum two hours. I could easily see why they had to put that up there (there was a guy next to us who had already gone to take a full plate four times and was still continuing to eat when we left!). A bit uncertain whether it was all vegetarian or vegan (on the window it read ‘vegetarian restaurant’). The guy behind the counter assured me that it was all vegan: no eggs, no dairy! Allright! …