All posts tagged: vegan options

#161 Vegan burgers and more at Flooh’s, Roeselare

restaurant review #161 – Flooh’s is a burger – fastfood type restaurant in the city center of Roeselare. Flooh’s has several vegan options (or vegetarian dishes that can easily be veganised) standardly available. We were here a couple of weeks ago for lunch. The ground level isn’t really big with the counter (where you order) and some bar stools to sit at, but besides that, the restaurant has two upstairs floors , with plenty of seating places. It’s a nicely renovated place, bright and modern interior. Vegan options are indicated on the large chalkboard at the counter. One standard vegan burger (the Bizarro), and three that can be veganised. Fries are baked seperatedly, in vegetable oil. Bread buns were said to be vegan (brown or white bun option). The lady running the place was very knowledgeable about ingredients and what vegan means, as she said to be vegan herself. Which was reassuring! We placed our order and went upstairs, to the second floor. Our food was said to be brought to the table (good thing, …

#158 Vegan sandwiches and salads at EXKi, Bruges

restaurant review #158 – The Exki restaurants are part of an international chain. There are several EXKi restaurants in Belgium, most are in Brussels though (27 of them, previous review of EXKi Agora Brussels here). There’s also an EXKi in the train station of Bruges. Contrary to common belief, it is not an full organic chain (the FAQ on their website states about 30% of their products are organic). The EXKi restaurants have a couple of vegan options standardly available, which are clearly indicated on the labels: sandwiches, salads, soup. Unfortunately no vegan desserts though (except for some fruit). The Exki restaurants are not for elaborate wining and dining, but more of a fastfood ‘self service’ place: you take your food from the fridges, pay at the counter, and then afterwards clean up the table. There’s also a microwave to heat your dish. You can of course also buy to take-away. There are not that many vegan options, but it is good for a quick lunch, when you are in a hurry, coming back from a meeting, or before boarding the train. This …

#157 Nice and voluminous Mexican lunch at Noorderhuis, Roeselare

restaurant review #157 Noorderhuis is a Mexican restaurant in the center of Roeselare. Noorderhuis does not sound very ‘Mexican’ (it literally translates as ‘the Northern House’ 😉 ), but it is located in the Noordstraat (a shopping street north of the market), hence the name. We were on our way back from the vegan market in Lille (France). I phoned Noorderhuis beforehand to check whether they serve a vegan lunch (I had seen it mentioned on social media, but wanted to double check to be sure), and it was said to be no problem. So we stopped in Roeselare on our way home. It was a quiet Sunday and a reservation didn’t seem to be necessary (still plenty of space in the restaurant). Vegan options are clearly labelled on the menu, and the waiter also mentioned we could get the lunch menu vegan (25,50€, for a starter, main course and coffee or tea).  And so we did! We asked the waiter why Noorderhuis now has vegan options, and he replied that the chef is vegan. So …

#145 Vegan lunch at Café Manger, Louvain

restaurant review #145 – Café Manger is a brasserie/pub in the city center of Louvain, on the Oude Markt (old market). “Manger” is French for ‘to eat’, so it literally translates as a pub where you can eat. It is right across Lebanese restaurant Karamna, where we also went to a couple of weeks ago! We had to be in Louvain a couple of weeks ago, and just the day before we went, I saw an announcement in a vegan Belgian facebookgroep that Café Manger would standardly be serving a vegan option as a suggestion, starting the next day. In that same announcement (by one of the owners of the brasserie), it was also announced that the bread, soup of the day, and fries are vegan. And they have soy creamer for coffee. So that was lunch planned for the next day! 🙂 We arrived rather early for lunch, and as such, we were the first ones to try to vegan option at Café Manger! 😀 We had made a reservation, but that seemed not to be …

#144 Nice Italian inspired lunch at Sud, Bruges

restaurant review #144 – Sud – Food in Italy is an Italian restaurant and shop in the city center of Bruges, just a 5 minute walk from the central Market and the Belfry. Sud is opened for lunch (the shop is open till 7PM though) and on Saturday also for dinner. Sud had organised an all vegan dinner evening earlier this year, which we wanted to attend. But unfortunately we had to cancel last minute because my father unexpectedly died that week. We were finally able to visit Sud a couple of weeks ago. I had telephoned beforehand to ask whether vegan was possible and that was no problem, so I made a reservation for lunch. We got a small snack as an appetizer. After a while, we also were served a bruchetta. The appetizer was lentils with cucucmbers and a sauce that tasted like lemoncello, with fine cracker on top. Lovely! The main dish was pasta with black chick peas, eggplant, two types of tomatoes, roasted nuts, mushrooms, potatoes (all being vegetables from Puglia, …

#135 Delicious lunch at Hashtag Food, Bruges (3)

restaurant review #135 – Hashtag Food is a bistro in Bruges, with vegan options standardly available. They are currently CLOSED and moving to the edge of the city, where they will reopen in november 2017. This review is from our last visit to the old location, in the city center.  We have visited Hashtag Food several times before, and you can read previous reviews here. This is what we had on our last visit: We loved the food! Everything is freshly prepared and the dishes are always beautifully presented. Very friendly service too. Total of our lunch for two was 91€, which we think is fair and good value for money. Very much looking forward to visiting the new Hashtag Food!   #Food or Hashtag Food, location OLD ADDRESS: Oude Burg 30 8000 Brugge / Bruges +32 (0)50 70 76 70 website: http://www.hashtagfood.be/ NEW ADDRESS, reopening November 2017: Scheepsdalelaan 37, 8000 Brugge. location View this post on Instagram In Bruges. #tandembike #multicycle #vegancyclist #bruges #visitbruges #cycling #belfry #canals #veniceofthenorth #brugestandem #tandembruges #multicycletandem #rozenhoedkaai #boattrip #inbruges A post shared by trudi_brugesvegan …

#134 Nice Lebanese dinner at Karamna, Louvain

Restaurant review #134 – Karamna is a Lebanese restaurant in Louvain. It is located in the city center, in a corner of the Oude Markt (old market). It is not a really big place, but does have a terrace in front. A couple of months ago, I already received confirmation through e-mail that vegan dishes are possible, and which dishes we could choose from the menu. I telephoned to make a reservation for dinner and inquired again whether they had vegan options, and it was said to be no problem. Upon arrival, we repeated that we are vegan, and do not eat any animal products. The lady of the house immediately went through the menu, and showed which dishes are suitable. We ordered a variety of smaller plates, some listed as cold or hot dishes (nearly all listed as appetizers), and asked for them to be served together: Falafel (4 pieces, 1,25/piece) Fatayer Sabanekh = baked dough stuffed with spinach, onion and lemon (4 pieces, 1,25€/piece) Modardara = lentils with onions and rice (4,50€) Hummus (5€) …

#132 Our dinners at veggie bistro De Plaats, Bruges

Restaurant review #132 – De Plaats is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Bruges, close to the central market square and the Belfry (where restaurant Lotus used to be). De Plaats literally translates as ‘The Place’. De Plaats opened in 2016, and we had been eager to go check it out for several months. This review is from two visits, respectively in April and May 2017. The menu lists 10 dishes, of which about half are vegan (clearly indicated). We ordered some drinks (wine was said to be vegan), which came swiftly. We had the lentil dish (15€) and the vegan burger with potatoes (14€). The food was good, but we were culinairy a bit underwhelmed by the dishes, all in all just being a pre-bought burger and falafels (from La Vie est Belle), with lentils and potatoes, and salad on the side.  Something we would also eat as a weekday meal at home, when we don’t have the time nor motivation to cook up something more fancy and just flip a storebought …

#128 Lovely dinner at vegetarian resto Leaf, Rotterdam (NL)

Restaurant review #128 – Leaf is a vegetarian restaurant in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Most of the menu is vegan, there are only a handful of options which are non-vegan. The restaurant used to be in Scheveningen, but moved to Rotterdam recently. The food at Leaf seems to be a mixture of Asian inspired recipes (Indonesian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc). We visited a couple of weeks ago, with friends. We had made a reservation, but that didn’t seem to be necessary, as there was still plenty of space available (it was a Friday evening). Restaurant Leaf is a spacious place, with a large terrace out front. Although it was a nice Summer evening, it was too windy to sit outside. Inside there’s a downstairs section and some more seating on the balcony upstairs. It was hard to choose from the extensive menu! We’re not used to having so many options 😉 The non-vegan items are clearly indicated as such on the menu card, and the spicy ones are marked with stars. Restaurant Leaf offers a lot of ‘faux’ …

#127 Burgers for lunch at Greenway, Louvain (2)

Restaurant review #127 – Greenway is a Belgian vegetarian brand (restaurants and products) and was founded in the mid nineties. There are three Greenway restaurants in Belgium: in Ghent (it’s been ages since I was there!), in Louvain (see blog) and in Antwerp (see blog). There’s also a Greenway foodstall at the train station of Gare du Midi, where we had a nice lunch before boarding on the Eurostar to London (see our blog here). This review is from a visit to the Greenway in Louvain in Spring of 2017. Greenway is in the city center, a short walk from the town hall and near the ‘old market’ place. It’s a nicely decorated place, lots of space, modern style. There are also some outdoor seating places in front of the restaurant. Vegan options are indicated on the menu and on the large board on the wall, where the daily suggestions are written. Service at Greenway is semi self-service: one orders and pays at the counter, taking your drinks to the table yourself, and then food is brought …