Round 1: Location
Last week we visited the two most popular Burger restaurants of Ghent. Paul’s Boutique, currently the best restaurant in Ghent according to tripadvisor.com and Ellis Gourmet, a larger restaurant on the Korenmarkt (main square of Ghent). Both Paul’s Boutique and Ellis have restaurants in multiple cities so this isn’t a David VS Goliath scenario. Paul’s Boutique at Ghent’s main railroad station (N°1 on tripadvisor) is rather small. There are about 10 tables so eating there with a large group is just not possible.
The service is comparable to that of a Subway franchise. You walk in, order straight away, take your drinks out of a publicly available fridge and pay the bill. After that, you can sit down and they bring you your burger. Ellis has more of a restaurant feel. There are waiters taking orders and in the summer you can also eat at the outside terrace situated on the Korenmarkt. A prime location in Ghent they can seat about 150 people. They have a few suggestions that change every week.
Round 1 (location): Ellis is the obvious winner. The fact that they run the place like a restaurant (with fast service) is more comfortable for the diner. We had two of their cocktails, two burgers, three side dishes, and two desserts without having to leave our seats once. Paul’s Boutique has a concept that makes multiple orders a bit difficult, you have to stand up and get back in row if you want to order something else.
Round 2: Menu
Both places have a pretty nice selection of different burgers. Paul’s Boutique and Ellis use quality meat but vegetarians aren’t left out in the cold. Again, Ellis is at an advantage, they have different kinds of meat and if you want a real piece of fish inside your burger that’s possible as well (off course they also have the standard fish burger). Ellis also has a selection of salads and a tasting plate with three mini burgers. They also offer a large selection of softdrinks, wine, beer, spirits and yes, even cocktails and desserts.
Paul’s Boutique menu is rather limited if you’re planning to eat more than a quick burger. Before people get upset about our review let’s just get one thing straight. Paul’s boutique clearly aims at students and people who just want a quick snack. If you’re looking for a quick burger thats way better than McDonalds and made with fresh ingredients, this is the place to be. If we were comparing two take-away restaurants then Paul’s Boutique would take the upper hand. Since they allow eat-in and on Paul’s boutique website it says that “Paul’s boutique is much more than just a regular burger joint” we hold both restaurants to the same standards.
Round 2 (Menu): Ellis wins because they simply offer a full dining experience from starter to dessert!
Round 3: Taste
Both burgers were delicious. Mrs. Strawberry enjoyed her fish burger at Ellis a bit more than Paul’s Boutique’s interpretation of the Bicky burger but she preferred the crispy bun Paul’s Boutique used instead of the soft bun used by Ellis.
At Ellis you get a larger burger (see pictures). When We first went to Ellis (when it just opened) I was a bit disappointed because I got a medium rare burger. One year later they’ve improved things a lot. Both burgers were of excellent quality. We will not take the dessert and side dishes we ordered at Ellis into consideration because they weren’t available at Paul’s boutique so there’s nothing to compare them to.
Round 3 (Taste): This one is a tie!
Important to knowPaul’s Boutique is the cheaper option. Burgers start at 5,00 EUR while at Ellis Gourmet the cheapest (full) burger costs 8,50 EUR. The most expensive burger at PB comes with a price tag of 7,50 EUR. At Ellis, the flagship burger Rossini costs 16 EUR. The Rossini is a burger with truffle oil and foie gras scallops … Maybe a bit over the top.
Ellis Gourmet takes the gold!Book your table!
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