Food and drink
Belgian cuisine with a modern twist: loin of lamb with a Ghent-mustard crust and rosemary cream sauce, for example.
I have to admit it’s all very swanky. You enter through a columned walkway: on your left, with lobsters milling around in tanks, is the Oyster Bar; on your right is the under-lit Beer Bar. This opens out on the grand dining room with the stunning original stained-glass ceiling. God knows why they felt the need to suspend a giant flashing red heart sculpture in the middle of the roof? Some of the other artworks, like a giant silver horse, are a bit kooky too. Tables are lent some intimacy with individual lamps and laid-back leather chairs.
During the day, it’s mainly used for business lunches, but a nice buzz starts to build around 10pm when the resident DJ arrives to host a set in the ‘Belgian Congo’ club located downstairs in the old bank vault.
Staff are very professional.
Five-minute walk from the Grand-Place; a stone’s throw from Place de la Monnaie. De Brouckère is the nearest metro station.
The best time to visit is at lunch when there are fewer bookings and the three-course business lunch (16 euros) offers exceptional value for money. Otherwise, evening menus range from 36 to 50 euros; standalone mains cost 21—32 euros.
Its sister restaurant overlooks the Graslei canal in Ghent.
- Business travellers
- Stag / hen parties
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture