Belgians are known to be food lovers. From the smallest town to the biggest city you can find great places to eat. I asked six Belgian food bloggers about their favorite restaurants in Belgium. This is what they said.
1. Flemish food in Lede and ribs in Ghent
“Every year I celebrate my birthday at restaurant Afspanning De Jaeger in Lede. It serves Flemish dishes in a setting that takes you back to the start of the previous century. My personal favorite there is rabbit with plums, but their stew is really good too.”
In Ghent, you need to go to Amadeus for al–you-can-eat ribs. For just €17,95 you can have as many deliciously marinated ribs as you want, accompanied by potatoes with garlic butter and a small salad. My friends and I sometimes compete to see who can eat the most ribs. My record is five portions.”
Louie of the former Bakedlouies.com (blog doesn't exist anymore)
2. A monthly visit to David Selen in Bissegem
“Belgium has so many great food spots: shops where people full of passion give their best every day, restaurants where chefs give it all they've got… To choose is to loose, but if I have to choose, I'd go with David Selen's restaurant in Bissegem. David's a friendly, driven chef who only works with the best products and creates amazing dishes with them. They're both a pleasure for the eyes and for your taste buds! I go there every month and will continue to do so.”
Myriam of Hap-en-tap.be (site in Dutch)
3. Buffet at ‘t Hof van Commerce
“For only €18 per person you can enjoy every bit of pork meat from a large buffet at ‘t Hof van Commerce in Stavele and this every Saturday and Sunday. Paul, the chef and butcher, breeds his own pigs and later uses their meat for all kinds of specialties. There are the classics like ham, sausages and stew, but you can also have brains and pig's ears. I can also recommend to give the cocktail of the house a try. It's a mix of Picon, white wine and five other ingredients.”
Anniek of Cuberdon-macaron.be (site in Dutch)
4. Seasonal choices at Lepelblad
“I live in Ghent, a true foodie paradise. There is always something new and exciting going on, with original concepts popping up in a heartbeat. Nevertheless, my absolute favorite has been around for a while: Lepelblad in Onderbergen. I have been a loyal customer for years, and the food has evolved with my taste. The menu is always surprising, the prices correct and the interior stylish. What I like the most, is that the owners take great pride in the origin of their ingredients: they only choose seasonal, local produce. The dishes are fresh and honest, without fuss. And still they make you feel like you’re spoiled from start to finish. My kind of restaurant!”
Annelies of Eenlepeltjelekkers.be (site in Dutch)
5. For falafel fans
“Falafeltof is one of my favorite hot spots for a quick lunch in Antwerp. If you love falafel as much as I do, this is the place for you. It has the best falafel in all of Antwerp. You can choose from the menu (everything costs less than €10!) and then fill up your own salad or pita with vegetables from the buffet. Choose a spot by the window or on the terrace and enjoy!”
Ellen of Kokerellen.be (site in Dutch)
6. Food in a lovely interior at De Gulden Bock
“Antwerp must be the number one city in Belgium that offers the greatest variety in culture, shopping and most of all nice restaurant. At least, in my opinion it is. When it comes to mixing a beautiful building with delicious food, only one restaurant pops up in my mind: “de Gulden Bock”.
The classic Art Deco interior style combined with the most delicious dishes, to take out or to taste in the lunch restaurant on the first floor, is a true experience. Why? There’s no classic menu to choose from. The visual presentation of the daily changing dishes and the enthusiasm of the owner are worth a visit.
A must-try is the delicious green salad with a homemade green herb dressing as a starter or their famous tarte tatin with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a quenelle of sour cream. Not to mention the other hot dishes, which I’m having a difficult time to choose from since I’d just like to try them all!”
Sarah of Tastinglifestyle.blogspot.com