Restaurant Biryani is located near one of the squares in Ronse. It doesn’t have a private parking but you can always find a spot very close to the restaurant. It’s a small family restaurant with two floors. It wasn’t very busy when we ate there so they seated everyone at the ground floor. They use various aspects of Indian culture to create atmosphere.
When we got home I read some of the reviews this place got from other diners. Most of them agree with us that this place has to improve. There is one person who doesn’t agree. The owner/manager of this place can’t handle bad reviews and likes to comment on them. In his opinion, people should complain when they are there and not online. I think he’s still in his puberty because he tells people who complain how much other people like his food. Grow up man! Listen to your customers, especially to those who aren’t happy!
“Culinaria 2015 Belgium Effect“ took place in Tour & Taxis in Brussel. Easily accessible with a big parking, the building used to be an old industrial storage building and definitely has its charms. This big 5 day long foodie festival has Belgian as well as some international star chefs come together and each serve a dish at their own stand. It was truly unique and inspirational to see them assemble your dish before your very eyes. Each dish came paired with a glass of wine chosen by Loire Valley Wines.
We visited Sphinx in Haaltert. Coming in you pass the bar where staff show you to your table. The interior is quiet dated and very simplistic. It looks more like a roadside diner than an restaurant. But since its not like they’re serving fancy food with fancy prices, so this is a minor detail.
Last weekend some of our friends invited us to a Turkish restaurant near the centre of Ghent, Gök Palace. To be honest, i’m not a connaisseur of Turkish cuisine so I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s situated in the “sleepstraat” where almost all restaurants and shops are of foreign origin. It wasn’t the most tourist-friendly neighbourhood, there where shootings in 2006 and 2010 but in the recent years there where no more incidents.
Located just off the highway they are at a good location for business dinners/lunches and I guess thats the main aim since they’re closed in the weekend making enjoying nice gin&tonics and a romantic dinner with your partner impossible. The outside of the building doesn’t look much like a restaurant and inside its quiet spacious, tables far apart, nice terrace but no Japanese decor at all.
Pakhuis is another (like the Belga Queen) old industrial building redesigned into a restaurant. The description that pakhuis put on their website is almost accurate: via an atmospheric alleyway between the towers of Ghent, you enter the distinctive Brasserie Pakhuis. You will immediately be overwhelmed by the enormous space, which exudes the atmosphere of the former warehouse.
Finally, the review everyone has been waiting for. It’s the second most popular restaurant in the world. The place everyone is suppose to love. The french translation of their now favourite marketing tag line “I am loving it!” goes even further… In France McDonalds “is everything that you love!”. Mcdonalds is also the worlds largest distributor of toys! Clearly a place of joy. This must be the best restaurant in the world.
The search for a good Asian restaurant can be difficult. Most of asian cuisine has been westernized for our limited taste pallet. As a result you get the feeling that all Chinese restaurants are the same. JinJiang doesn’t have a website and only a handful (only) positive reviews online. Because most of the existing reviews pointed out the “authenticity” of Chinese food we gave it a try.
We came we ate…we fell in love. Hertog Jan is a three michelin star restaurant run by chef Gert de Mangeleer and sommelier Joachim Boudens. Together with their awesome team they give you a dining experience like no other. Their motto is “Driven by simplicity” and you can already feel that when walking in. The restaurant used to be a farmhouse and through the open kitchen you can still see the old farm walls and high ceiling.