All posts tagged: vegan options

#157 Nice and voluminous Mexican lunch at Noorderhuis, Roeselare

restaurant review #157ย Noorderhuis is a Mexican restaurant in the center of Roeselare. Noorderhuis does not sound very ‘Mexican’ (it literally translates as ‘the Northern House’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), 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 (25,50โ‚ฌ, for a starter, main course and coffee or tea).ย  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 Cafรฉ Manger, Louvain

restaurant review #145 – Cafรฉ 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 translatesย 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 Cafรฉ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ We arrived rather early for lunch, and as such, we were the first ones to try to vegan option at Cafรฉ Manger! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 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.ย  We have visited Hashtag Food several times before, and you can read previous reviewsย 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 91โ‚ฌ, which we think is fair and good value for money. Very much looking forward to visiting the new Hashtag Food!   #Foodย orย Hashtag Food,ย location OLD ADDRESS: Oude Burg 30 8000 Brugge / Bruges +32 (0)50 70 76 70 website:ย 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 –ย 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, 1,25โ‚ฌ/piece) Modardara = lentils with onions and rice (4,50โ‚ฌ) Hummus (5โ‚ฌ) …

#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 (15โ‚ฌ) and the vegan burger with potatoes (14โ‚ฌ). 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. ย 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 inย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 shortย walk from the town hall and near the ‘old market’ place. Itโ€™s a nicely decorated place,ย 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 …

A visit to foodtruck festival Barrio Cantina, Bruges

Barrio Cantina is a Foodtruck festival, taking place in several Belgian cities throughout Spring. After weekends in Ostend, Ghent and Antwerp, Bruges is the final stop. We had never visited Barrio Cantina before (it’s been organised every year since a couple of years), and it is not a vegan festival. But we wanted to discover if any of the foodtrucks offered vegan food at all! It was a glorious sunny weekend, and we decided to bicyle to Bruges with our tandem (a pic at the bottom of this post). The path along the canal Ghent-Bruges is a nice cycling trip (see a clip on my IG here). The foodtrucks are stationned at the Koning Albert I park, which is in between the station and the city center, so a lot of tourists pass through the festival (the same park where two years ago the photo exhibit The Forgotten Animal took place). Admission is free. There were rails provided for bicycles, ย and parked our tandem there. We first took a tour of all the foodtrucks, to …

#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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Service was very friendly, and the waitress had no problem checking …