Category: Belgium

Michelin Star Restaurant in Bruges- Gastrobar Hubert

Amazing Lunch & Dining in Bruges at Gastrobar Hubert

Brugge in Belgian Flanders is a great place to experience great cuisine and taste dishes from Michelin star chefs. There are various Michelin star restaurants in Bruges. But this little town is also a very touristic place with 2 million visitors every year so it’s very easy to mistake quality over typical tourist orientated dishes. This kind of restaurants and cafés are mainly located in the centre of the town but the best ones are spread around. One of them is the exclusive and unique Gastrobar Hubert.

Door to Restaurant Sans Cravate Brugge
Door to Restaurant Sans Cravate Brugge

Gastrobar Hubert is one of my favourite places and doubtlessly one of the best restaurants in Brugge. First of all this hidden treasure is located on the quiet Langestraat 155-159 close to the ring road and park with the beautiful windmills. Secondary in the restaurant you will notice love for eye-catching design and interesting details. As a guest you immerse into a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, it literally feels like visiting your friends. All these factors make Gastrobar Hubert the ideal restaurant to have lunch in Bruges. If you stay longer than just one day in Bruges then you should definitely have a dining experience in Gastrobar Hubert.

Dining in Bruges, Gastrobar Hubert
Dining in Bruges, Gastrobar Hubert

Actually you will find 2 restaurants under one roof ran by Michelin star chef Henk van Oudenhove and his charming wife-hostess Veronique Bogaert: Sans Cravate and Gastrobar Hubert. Only the door with pants-less security guard (see the picture) is dividing the 2 concepts of dining. Sans Cravate has been offering sumptuous and creative dishes for 15 years and is very popular among locals. Gastrobar Hubert is more of a new concept resembling an English gastropub with more affordable prices but still high quality meals served for lunch and dinner.

The Mangalica

Let me tell you more about the most important part of Gastrobar Hubert: It’s phenomenal food! The dining experience in Bruges has been brought to a new level. Even the traditional Belgian food is served here in a much more creative and delicious way. There are various options, you can enjoy a great selection of tapas or share some plates but also order main dishes. If you come in the evening and you would like the chef and his team to guide you through the best of the menu then I would definitely recommend to choose the set 6 course menu. There is also an impressive choice of wines and beers. Hubert Gastrobar also has the rare Hubert beer which is brewed in a limited amount in the whole country.

Terrine of rabbit in riesling with goose liver

We decided to open our taste pallet with a glass of champagne and first bites to share. We decided to taste the Mangalica, a Hungarian breed of domestic pig, croquettes “Re-Belges” and a sophisticated terrine of rabbit in riesling with goose liver. The dishes come from an open kitchen where you can see how the magic is happening. Our starters were so good so even I, who is actually not a huge fan of croquettes didn’t want to share the last one with my boyfriend! Everything was fresh and full of flavours.

Golden bream cassoulet with chorizo served with beans and muscles

After waking up our appetite we decided to tickle our taste buds with two different main courses: Golden bream cassoulet with chorizo served with beans and muscles and the steak haché “Txogitxu” accompanied with fries and fresh salad. I was positively surprised that the meat that is being served in Gastrobar Hubert comes from the Basque area. Animals from there are not bred for slaughter, they live their life from 6 to 20 years (depends on an animal of course) and afterwards their meat is used for culinary intentions.

Steak haché “Txogitxu”

In Gastrobar Hubert meat is prepared on the slow spit so it stays succulent, flavourful and much healthier then fried in the pan. The phenomenal chef Henk van Oudenhove always adds interesting herbs and ingredients to make the best out of his creations. So even classics like French fries (which were served with my tartare) cooked in ox fat are delicious and not overcooked nor oily.

“Crepe Normande”

The culmination of our amazing dinner was a “Crepe Normande”, a caramelised pancake with apples flambeed in calvados and served with a scoop of home-made vanilla ice cream. A dessert that is just melting on your tongue and leaves you speechless! That was a perfect sweet ending to our memorable visit that we will soon repeat again! And you should too!

Restaurant Sans Cravate, Brugge

The Best places to have Breakfast in Bruges

Bruges is a fairy tale town in Belgium that you definitely need to explore! Read more what you can do there here. But I discovered some places where you can have delicious and healthy breakfast in Bruges all day long. Hipsters, health-freaks and foodies will fall in love with this charming café!

Your mother might’ve told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and she is right! Studies have proven that breakfast boosts your metabolism, helps you burn calories throughout the day and it also gives you the energy you need to get things done. And what can be better than a tasty and solid starter on a plate that is also expertly made by someone else?

1. Tasty Breakfast in Bruges at That’s Toast 

That’s Toast is an amazing cafe with great coffee and a variety of delicious dishes. You can order big breakfast plates for €14 per piece, with extra salmon on top of rucola and sweet potatoes for just €2,50 each. Portions here are magnanimous. The service and the meals are always out very quickly.  For a healthy start you can try different fresh juices or lemonades. The meat lovers will adore the other breakfast plate with tempting bacon, 2 different types of sausages, grilled tomato, beans in tomato sauce and the essential eggs. Definitely the breakfast for champions!

Breakfast, brunch, lunch or just a nice drink at That’s Toast, you will be satisfied with every choice! I doubtlessly discovered my new place to eat and relax and who knows maybe I’ll see you there too! Bon appetite!

Address: Dweersstraat 4, 8000 Brugge

2. The Best cakes at Patisserie Academie

Patisserie Academie is incredibly famous in Bruges and surroundings for it’s beautiful pastry creations. This charming cafe is always full with locals who like to enjoy delicious cakes with tea or coffee but also Academie’s unique breakfast.

Address: Vlamingtraat 56, 8000 Brugge

3. Amazing ice coffee at Li o Lait

Li o Lait in Bruges is a famous coffee and tea bar. You will mainly see locals there, tourists miss it somehow. At Li o Lait they serve the best ice coffee! The little cafe with it’s vintage interior even offers a small garden. Here you can enjoy delicious bagels, cakes and much more for your breakfast or lunch.

Address: Dweersstraat 30, 8000 Brugge

4. Healthy Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien is a restaurant chain of healthy brunching that is very famous in the whole of Belgium and beyond. All products that they serve are artisanal and organic. They even sell fresh bread and other delicious baked goods. Definitely a place to try out.

Address: Simon Stevinplein 15, Brugge

5. Delicious American Pancakes at Books & Brunch

Books & Brunch is not only a breakfast bar in Bruges but also a bookstore. It’s perfect for solo travellers who would like to enjoy an organic and tasty breakfast and immerse into one of the newspapers or books. There you can also enjoy American pancakes and scrumptious pies.

Address: Garenmarkt 30, 8000 Brugge

6. Famous Bagels at Sanseveria Bagelsalon

Sanseveria Bagelsalon in Bruges is famous for it’s sumptuous variety of bagel creations. It’s hiding in a quite street of the historical city centre providing you with a relaxed atmosphere. Sanseveria’s staff is very friendly and they will spoil you with their salads, lovely coffees, quiches and other goodies.

Address: Predikherenstraat 11, 8000 Brugge

7. Hidden Treasure Black Bird

Black Bird is a very popular cafe for breakfast and lunch in Bruges. This is where locals like to spend their weekends by enjoying delicious homemade food and drinks. Also the interior of Black Bird will leave you speechless because every detail is made with love. It’s definitely an awesome place for your Instagram feed.

Address: Jan van Eyckplein 7, 8000 Brugge

Michelin restaurant The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

Hippe Restaurants in Antwerp that you should definitely visit

Antwerp is well known fo it’s beautiful architecture but not everyone knows that there are plenty of hippe restaurants in Antwerp. The city offers numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and also a wide range of trendy places with European, exotic and modern cuisine. Here is the list of the top and also romantic restaurants in Antwerp.

Trendy Restaurants in Antwerp

The Jane

Michelin restaurant The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
Michelin restaurant The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

“The Jane” is a Michelin restaurant in Antwerp famous all over the globe.  It’s one of the masterpieces and treasures combining ancient and modern designs. The history of the building goes back to 1906, when it used to be a military hospital. Nowadays the area is surrounded by fancy and pricy lofts. The carcass of the building stayed untouched but the insides became the creative freaky but tasteful and modern interior. The architectonic composition is not the only reason though, why that place reached high popularity. It’s also the high quality cuisine that is the epitome for the taste journey.

Sexy Upper Room Bar, The Jane
Sexy Upper Room Bar, The Jane

If you have the desire to visit that unique restaurant, then you should reserve a table or place in the upper bar 1-2 months in advance. You can do it easy and quickly online directly on The Jane Website. That place is always full booked, but it doesn’t feel crowdy or busy, because it has enough space to enjoy the interior and sweet conversations. Furthermore be prepared to spend 3-4 hours in The Jane’s wonderland trying diverse selections of smaller experimental dishes. An ideal choice is to order the 8 courses tasting menu for 65€ per Person.

shrimps, The Jane
Sea Shrimps with basil sauce

If you are dining in the upper room bar you will sit and observe the chef creating magic on the plates. It is a moment when gastronomy meets the show. From the top bar you can also admire the view of the imposing giant skull, unconventional paintings on the huge windows, original chandelier resembling dancing molecules and the restaurant on the lower level.

The menu is constantly changing in the Upper Bar, so you will always be surprised what will appear in front of you on the miniature plate. Although every dish is a masterful combination of sophistication and simplicity, intensified by rich flavors. Trendy lounge music played by known Djs in the background during the degustation, gives the fragrant scene a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

De Rooden Hoed

The interior of De Rooden Hoed is intimate, cozy and pleasing: The wooden floor, discretely decorated in an old-fashioned, elegant design room with comfortable sofas. But you can also take a sit outside on the terrace. In the evening it gets pretty busy I would suggest to book a table in advance.

Tartar, De Rooden Hoed, Antwerp, Belgium
Tartar, De Rooden Hoed, Antwerp, Belgium

De Rooden Hoed is famous for it’s seafood and tartar, so definitely try it from the menu. There is also a wide range of Belgian beers and good wines. The staff may seem not very friendly because of the hectic and business. Prices of the menu are a bit higher than average in Antwerp.

Roji

 Roji is located on the main restaurant street of Antwerp’s Old Town, close to the Grote Markt. The building used to be a monastery, that was built in the 13th century by monks. The warm colors, dimmed lighting, wooden furniture and playful fireplace inside of the building give the area a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Restaurant Roji, Antwerp
Restaurant Roji, Antwerp

Roji is an amazing place for a memorable dining evening and a must visit in Antwerp. The fusion of French and Japanese cuisins will leave you speechless. The menu also includes various splendid Whisky sorts, like the famous Hibiki and Yamazaki and great cocktails. I found a liquid jewel, that perfectly complements Japanese cuisine: Basil Smash. A gin based cocktail mixed with basil, sugar and lime. You can also experience the exquisite taste of the Japanese delicacy, Wagyu beef. The chef personally flies to Japan every 2-3 months to choose the perfect slice of wagyu meat. 


Gin-based cocktails "Basel Smash" & "Roji Aviation" Roji, Antwerp
Tasty Gin-based cocktails “Basel Smash” & “Roji Aviation”

Top 10 great Belgian beer styles that you will love

Belgium is famous all over the world for it’s tender love for beers and it’s beer culture. There are various Belgian beer styles and Belgian beer brands that every beer lover should try. Since centuries the historical country takes this passion seriously and develops more and more different beer flavors, so by now it offers a wide variety of this beloved drink. No one can say the exact amount of Belgian brands, there’ve been numerous discussions but let’s stop at the number between 700 and 1200. To know that there’s just plenty of it, is already enough information. It’s probably not even possible to try all of them. But here is a beer guide to top 10 Belgian beer brands that you definitely need to taste.

Top 10 Belgian Beers

So you are heading to Belgium soon and you have the serious intention to get to know Belgian culture as close as possible. It’s the top beer country, all local boys and girls drink it like water and with so much choice of different good beer brands it can be confusing to choose the right one. These top 10 Belgium beer list  will show you how individual the beer taste can be. Let’s start!

One of the best Belgian beers: Tripel Karmeliet

Typical Belgian Style Beer

  1. Duvel 8,5% has the highest reputation amongst the strong blond Belgian beers. The original recipe comes from Scotland and it takes 90 days to create the liquid gold with fresh and subtle hop aromas. This beer guarantees a bouquet of noblest herbs and ecstatic bitterness in the aftertaste.
  2. Tripel Karmeliet 8,4% is an old beer still brewed according the authentic recipe from 1679 by using three cereals: wheat, oats and barley. The golden clear drink is served in of the most elegant Belgian beer glasses and has a brilliant fruity character of banana, vanilla and a note of citrus. Wonderful Belgian wheat beer.
  3. Gouden Carolus 8,5% is a strong, dark beer with complex flavors, that improves with age and by the end tend to be higher in alcohol. The recipe of this beer goes back to the 16th century, which makes the ruby-red colored liquiform so special. The dominating taste of sweet caramel, raisins and complicated aromas of plums, oranges, toffee and passion fruit will make this experience unique and memorable.

    Delirium Beer Belgium glass review

    Delirium beer in glass, Belgium

    4. Delirium 8,5% is a heavy blond beer, which once was rated for a long time  as a champion between beers. You can recognize it by the symbolic pink elephant on the bottle, this one became a cultural phenomenon in Belgium. The interesting ensembles of the fruity flavors of banana, apricot and green apple will surprise you how exclusive the taste can be. The reason why this beer gained so much international fame, is also the Delirium café in Brussels, which has a collection of almost 2000 different beers.

Belgian Monk beer

5. Westvleteren 5,8% – 10,2% is a Belgian monk beer that was brewed  since the beginning of the 19th century. The monks don’t see the brewing as a business, so they produce only a limited amount of bottles, just to be able to finance the monastery. By the end it’s more about the quality than quantity, that’s why Westvleteren was crowned as the best beer in the world. It’s also one of the strongest Belgian beers.

6. Westmalle Tripel 9,5% is another Belgian monk beer and has a vivid yellow colour of autumn and has the nickname the “mother of all tripels”. There is a reason why it has the word “tripel” in it’s name: the amount of ingredients used is larger than standard beers. As a result it’s a heavy blond beer with a herbal and earthy bitterness. After all it will seduce you with the sweet banana aroma and surprises you with the strong character.

7. Rochefort No 8 9,2% is a strong milk-chocolate divinity captured in the glass. Considering the rich and complex aroma, it’s a beer you need to enjoy until the last sip. You will taste the sweetness of caramel and chocolate finished with the malty bitterness. A beer to remember!

Belgian Craft Beer Brand

8. Zeppelin 9,0% is one of the special Belgian craft beers, that you can only find in t’ Waagstuk in Antwerp. It’s made exclusively for this bar. The name came from a German airship, that dropped bombs on the Stadswaag, during the 1st World War. Nowadays there is this wonderful café, that serves very dark ruby-red coloured delightful liquid. The beer starts with a caramely, nutty and chocolaty taste with the aspect of fruitiness. These scents continue until the pleasant aftertaste of the coffee roasted bitterness and tiny sour touch come in it’s place.

Popular Belgian beer: La Chouffe Beer

Popular Belgian beer: La Chouffe Beer

Belgian Pale Ale

9. La Chouffe 8,0% is a strong unfiltered Belgian Pale Ale , which was made according to the myths by a gnome’s recipe. It combines a great balance of fruit, spice and sweetness: sweet honey and banana taste with a herbal fragrance, followed by the pleasant refreshing citrus aroma. The golden colour and flowery character resemble to the summer captured in the 33cl tulip-shaped glass.

Belgian Cherry Beer

10. Kriek 8,0% is a famous Belgian cherry beer or also summer beer with pleasant fresh-fruity cherry aromas. Traditionally it’s based on the lambic beer: a sour and dry Belgian beer. Additionally the big amount of cherries and cherry juice was added to emphasize full sweetness and sourness of cherry taste.

So next time when you are in Belgium, sitting in one of the historical pubs, you won’t be confused by the variety of the Belgian beer brands. Just don’t forget to write them down! CheerzZz!

Do you want to get to know more about Belgian culture? Get to know the chocolate world of Bruges!

Burger time with three monkeys – Ghent, Belgium

Do you know that feeling, when you just have arrived in a new town, you are hungry and your only goal for that moment is to sit down and realize where you are now. But then you face the challenge: Where should you go? Most of the time you just run after all tourists to the main street and land in the one of the expensive restaurants, but you are so desperate so you are ready to pay all you have just to get your little cup of coffee. Sometimes though, fortune gives her hand and you end up accidentally in an unexpectedly delightful place. So that happened to me in Gent! I discovered an adorable restaurant with the name “Three Monkeys” .

What is so good about that place? First of all the service is very charming, friendly and quick and this is already half of the price! Secondary the food is divine: The portion of the meal gives a smile on your face, the optic forces you to pick up your camera and memorize it and last but not least, the taste of the food is just fantastic! Tertiary the prices are low if you compare it to other restaurant in Gent or in Belgium in general.

We ordered Tuna burger, fries and salad. All these were done on point: the fries were crispy and garnished with parsley and lemon-lime mayo, tuna steak was seared to preserve it’s juiciness. So after we finished our meal we left the restaurant not only satisfied but with the feeling that we had a really nice experience.

So if you are in Gent, don’t hesitate and visit that charming place!

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