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Oak – Gent

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It might be intentional but nothing about this restaurant gives away in advance that they own a michelin star. The entrance is quite simple and the inside dining area is small (often totally booked) and unpretentious. The laid back staff sets a relaxing mood with a well oriented and friendly service leaving you at ease and ready to concentrate on what really matters: The food.

And what a culinary experience! In my visit, me and my husband had the 6 dishes menu available for lunch and the suggested wine glasses to match each dish since at the moment they didn’t have a wine pairing menu, and the suggested wines couldn’t be more accurate and delightful. The amuse bouches were scrumptious and creative, and the following dishes had a clever and modern combination of flavours, with thought out but also unexpected textures and aromas, always perfectly executed.

To finish the meal we decided to have an Irish Coffee (already a tradition) and it was one of the most perfect Irish coffees I’ve ever had! No sugar added, intense flavour and perfect balance. Can’t leave out the outstanding freshly baked little madeleines that were served with our coffee.

An absolute delightful closure. Oak can’t be missed by those who enjoy fresh ingredients, simple and yet refined flavours in a relaxing and informal setting.

OAK

9000, Hoogstraat 167/001, 9000 Gent

Tel: 09 353 90 50

Website: www.oakgent.be

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Oakgent/

 

 

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Gent

Allegro Moderato Gent

Allegro Moderato

Me and my husband found out about Allegro in one of these Saturdays when we were looking for a place to have  lunch and everything was already booked. We had been browsing Trip Advisor and Foursquare and calling places for about 15 min without any success until he saw this restaurant.

After a call, to our estrangement they had a table for us and so we went unsure of what we would find.

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Gent

Kin Khao – Thai Eatery

Kin Khao – Thai Eatery

My love story with the Thai cuisine started not so long ago, but after trying my first green curry I fell hard for the strong aromatic components that Thai dishes compiles, and the spicy edge that is so characteristic of this cuisine  converted me into a spicy aficionado. 

So ever since I’ve been looking high and low to find a place that mimics the complexity and yet simplicity of the Thai food, and that gives the full experience in the dishes from the texture to the layer of flavours, smell and taste.

So whenever I’d eat at a Thai place it would feel like the food was a shadow of what real Thai cuisine is and what I cooking home was still better than what I was tasting eating out but this story totally changed when I paid a visit to the fairly new Kin Khao – Thai Eatery in Gent.

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Eating out

Brasserie de La Presse

Brasserie de La Presse

Brasserie de La Presse is one of those busy, elegant and modern restaurants in Brussels with business oriented clientele and a menu with plenty to choose from. My husband used to work at Rue Royale so we would often go La Presse together to grab some lunch, since it was one of the best options around.

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Antwerp

Manhattn’s Burger Antwerp

Manhattan’s Burger

If you my friend, is a burger aficionado like me, this name is more than familiar. But for those who never heard about Manhattn’s Burger, beware , this post contain spoilers!

As the name gives out Manhattn’s is a premium burger chain that started out in Brussels, but wisely sells burgers inspired in the New York Burger Style. The chain has 3 addresses, 2 in Brussels, and one in Antwerp. I’ve been to all of them but my last visit was to their fairly recent address in Antwerp.

The burger you get from Manhattn’s is born from a fast premium concept, but before the gourmet burger lovers out there start frowning upon the idea, let me tell you why this concept works.

Unlike countless Burger spots in Belgium, Manhattan’s uses the traditional soft and fresh brioche buns, very succulent, tasty and according to their claims Irish, grass fed beef patties that are (very important to say) flame grilled, and the also important Belgian style fries that are often very well made, accompanied to a tasty homemade mayo (because premium burger and fries can’t make it without homemade mayo!)

The burgers are very well performed, and with all these ingredients they become a melting-in-your-mouth kinda burger. Nham!

Last time I visited Manhattn’s I ordered the Gatsby Burger, that only to think of waters my mouth, and once again the burger was truly enjoyable. Its only downside,  if worth mentioning, was that it wasn’t served with wild mushrooms, but instead regular ones. But hey, to be honest I’m not really complaining.

 

Manhattan's Burger

The place has a modern industrial decor, with lots of tables and a considerable turnover, so you can always find a seat. It is efficiently managed with a fair price and good drinking options ranging from Coke to the Belgian La Chouffe on tap (big fan). They also have desserts and coffee options.

In my opinion Manhattn’s serves very honest and tasty burgers, with a consistent quality, be it in Brussels or Antwerp. Too bad they don’t have an address in Gent (yet).

 

For more info : www.manhattn’s.com

 

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Brussels

Bia Mara

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Forget everything you think about fish and chips. Bia Mara came to make a statement with their new approach on the traditional fish and chips, getting automatically rid of all the well known downsides of this infamous British classic.

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Restaurants

De Schalk

De Shalk

THE RESTAURANT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

 

This Bistronomie  (as they self entitle) was a pleasant surprise both times me and my fiancé visited; once for dinner on a Sunday night, and a couple weeks ago on a weekday for lunch. Both times he called in advance to reserve a table, because we like to be on the safe side, although we had no problems to choose where we’d like to sit. 

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Drinks

Quinta do Ataide

Quinta do Ataide | www.notafoodexpert.com

Okay. First of all I have to come clean here and admit I know NOTHING about wine. Nevertheless I still want to share here my findings in wine and what I’ve been learning with the help of vivino.

All I know about wine so far was more or less based on trying, but I have to say that  after I was introduced to the app Vivino I’ve been able to track what are my tastes and what types of wine/grape I’m drinking more, that among many other features the app offers… But anyways if you’re a wine enthusiast but kinda lazy (all the terms can be overwhelming for newbies) I would encourage you to download this app.

But moving on to the wine itself, it’s a Portuguese Douro Red from Northern Portugal and the grape is 100 % Touriga Nacional.

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