All posts tagged: gastronomic

#284 Nice gastronomic vegan lunch at Naturell, Ghent

restaurant review #284 – Naturell is the ‘sister restaurant’ of ‘t Aards Paradijs in Nevele, which we have visited a couple of years ago (see restaurant review #156 here). In 2010, chef Lieven Lootens was awarded the title of best vegetable chef of the year (beste Groentekok). Our visit to ‘t Aards Paradijs was a great gastronomic experience, and we have been wanting to go to Naturell for quite a while. A couple of weeks ago it finally happened, as we went there to celebrate my 50th birthday. Yeah 🙂 This review is from a visit to Naturell in October 2020, before the second lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started.

#282 One of our best dining out experiences, ‘t Vijfde Seizoen (2), Aalter

restaurant review #282 – ‘t Vijfde Seizoen is a gastronomic restaurant in Aalter (between Bruges and Ghent). This literally translates as ‘the fifth season’. There is always a vegetarian menu standardly available, which can be veganised upon request (it’s advised to ask it in advance, and we did when making the reservation). I already posted a review of a visit to ‘t Vijfde Seizoen in 2018 here. This review is from a visit to ‘t Vijfde Seizoen in February 2020, just before the lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started. Upon making the reservation for dinner, the restaurant also asked us to notify them by noon whether we choose the 4-course or 5-course menu. We went for the latter which is 70 euro per person. These appetizers came with our drinks (we had an alcohol free cocktail, 8€): tofucroquette, paprika coulis, pomegranate quinoa butternut, and courgette soup.

#250 Gastronomic 10-course vegan menu, Pieter-Jan Lint

restaurant review #250 – This is not really a ‘restaurant’ review, as we did not visit an actual restaurant! But gastronomic vegan chef Pieter-Jan Lint and his team did the catering for a birthday party of a friend. It was a beautiful sunny day at the end of Summer, and we were in the back garden of an estate in the Antwerp area. There were sofas, high chairs and benches, a really enjoyable setting, and that also meant one could easily walk around in between courses and mingle with others. So much better than having to be seated at a table for several hours on end! We were served a 10-course menu. This was the menu (Dutch on photo)

#189 Vegan dinner at Japanese resto Tanuki, Bruges

restaurant review #189 – Tanuki is a Japanese restaurant in de Oude Gentweg (at the east side of town, the old road to the city of Ghent, leading to the Gentpoort). This review is from a visit a couple of months ago, in the Spring of 2018. There does not appear to be anything vegan on the menu at Tanuki, but when I inquired by e-mail previously, Tanuki replied that a vegan menu is possible, if you ask it two days in advance. So I telephoned beforehand to make a reservation, and requested a vegan menu. We were served a 4-course menu (85€). The dishes included Japanese salsify, haricots and asparagus, a fresh sour seasalad, tempura, atsu age (fried tofu) with several varieties of mushrooms, and sorbet with fruit. The food was nice, and the chef came to give some explanantion about the preparations (eg about the atsu age tofu, which was from Belgian company Maya). The dessert was a bit diappointing. Although everything was very tasty and and nicely presented, we found 85€ to …

#186 Fabulous gastronomic dinner at ‘t Vijfde Seizoen, Aalter

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 …

#182 Lunch menu at restaurant/hotel Lof, Gent (2)

restaurant review #182 – Lof is the restaurant in Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof, in the center of Ghent (about 10 min walk from Korenmarkt). This review is from a visit a couple of months ago, at the start of 2018. We had visited Lof previously with friends, a bit more than a year ago. And had some mixed feelings about that visit: the food was nice, but the service was somewhat erratic, for as a restaurant profiling itself for offering a vegan menu, it was somewhat disappointing that they did not pay attention to some ‘details’ (like vegan butter, no vegan chocolates with coffee) (see my previous review of Lof here). We were here for a Saturday lunch with family. We arrived in the lobby at about 12.15, and were not allowed to enter the restaurant (it opens at 12.30) and only got a rather annoyed ‘no you can’t enter the dining room‘ reply. And so we just stood there. Had to ask where we could wait then, and the waiter pointed towards the lounge area. It …

#177 Vegan gastronomic dinner at Taste, Louvain

restaurant review #177  – Taste is a gastronomic restaurant in the city centre of Louvain / Leuven. They offer a vegan menu on request (mention it when making the reservation). I made a reservation online a couple of days before we wanted to go (and had to make a deposit, by bank transfer). This review is from a visit a couple of months ago, during the past Winter. We were warmly welcomed when we arrived and given the menu, and asked whether we wanted a 4-course or 5-course menu. We went for the latter, which was 95€ per person. Additionally, Jim had the beers* (22,50€), and for me the non-alcoholic drinks (18,75€) to go along with the courses. This is what we had for dinner (in sum, we tried to remember as many as the recited ingredients as we could, but – as is often the case in gastronomic restaurants, there were plenty more ingredients on the dishes and enumerated!). a trio of amuse geueles to start with: pumpkin soup, red beet and pumpernickel, and …

#156 Fine dining at ‘t Aards Paradijs, Nevele

restaurant review #156 – ‘t Aards Paradijs is a gastronomic restaurant in Nevele, which is just outside of Ghent and 40km from Bruges. In 2010, chef Lieven Lootens was awarded the title of best vegetable chef of the year (beste Groentekok) and I had seen ‘t Aards Paradijs mentionned in a facebook group as a place where one could ask a vegan menu. And so we did! I inquired before making the reservation and it was said to be no problem. The lady of the house warmly welcomed us, and later on the chef also personally came to greet us. He inquired how strict vegan we are (which we do find an odd question, see this post). We chatted a bit about vegan dining out, products and he also showed some products which he planned on using in the dishes, and asked us if these were OK (some brands of soy and rice milk which we hadn’t seen before). He was very welcoming, friendly and open to our questions and suggestions. It felt reassuring. This was …