Part 1. Arriving in Porto, almost being scammed by a Interrent (a car rental company), and getting to see the real face of Porto, one of beauty and honesty.
It was a very warm day so we decided to eat outside. The garden is a very nice place to sit. Our table was under a large tree and they use indirect light to brighten it up. If you are planning a romantic dinner, you can’t fail with this restaurant.
After hearing about this place from a couple of people we know, we decided to go check it out. It scores well on other food websites (although it kind of gets mixed reviews) and seems to currently be one of the “popular” places in Ghent. Our expectations weren’t really high, we didn’t really know what to expect. The information on the website states: “j.e.f. where friendship, atmosphere, yummy and affordable food and a nice glass of wine are most important”. Sounds good, but then when you look at the menu the prices are on the higher side. Not a big deal if the food is going to be top-notch, of course.
Stepping into Route 46 American Resto in Oudenaarde is like stepping into a little piece of USA in the middle of Belgian nowhere. Theres a limousine on top of the roof to greet you while you’re driving into the parking lot. Then there are the quiet lovely red/white booths inside the diner with the statue of liberty to top it all off. The place is spacious but not overwhelmingly so, has a nice outside terrace and was buzzing with life.
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).
The interior is special to say the least. It’s really like having breakfast (Saturday only), brunch or even lunch in your own kitchen. The “restaurant” looks like a big DIY project perfectly executed. There are no napkins, but there is a big roll of kitchen paper on your table. Like… home.
Wok A Way is very popular restaurant in Ghent. This Asian restaurant is a great pick if you just want a quick bite to eat. For the first time we had both a starter and a main course here. There are a few things you should know if you’ve never been here. When you walk in you are supposed to order before you take a seat at your table, a bit like at Mc Donalds (with the difference being that Wok A Way serves quality food).
On the Boondocks website they keep things simple. It says, “Just great steaks!”. After a disaster dinner at restaurant Elckerlijc (owned by world champion BBQ 2003 Peter Declercq) we really prayed to all the gods including the old pagan ones that this time we would get a great steak.
Following the advice of a couple of friends we decided to visit Elckerlijc, a grill restaurant in Maldegem owned and run by 2003 world champion in barbecue; Peter De Clercq. Seduced by the idea of a good piece of perfectly grilled meat we arrived with high expectations.
Gent Smaakt (translates as Ghent tastes good) is supposed to be a culinary paradise that hosts a wealth of different cuisines. Ranging form traditional local dishes to fine dining gastronomy. Entrance to the event was free and you had to exchange your money into special coins made for the event that you can then use to purchase food. On their website it says that drinks would be available for 2 coins (2,25EUR) and food would be available starting at 3 coins (3,40EUR).