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“Great Vibe and Great Food”

cafe Het gouden hoofd
Ranked #240 of 919 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian, Cafe
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Some Ghent locals fear that this popular restaurant may become 'touristic'. We don't think this will happen as the location will deter many tourists. However, if you are staying in Ghent it is relatively easy to reach. The building looks nothing from the outside, being an ex-meat works which was the predominant activity throughout this area close to Dampoort train station. Inside the fit-out is semi-industrial, retaining many of the fittings from the previous activity. Our host recommended this restaurant and we found that it was popular. The food changes daily and is on a blackboard (in dutch) however the staff were happy to walk us through the menu in english. The shared mixed platter for a starter was ok, with average charcuterie and cheese accompanied by wholemeal bread and some pickled vegetables. Next time we will skip the starter and just have mains as the servings were generous. The mains were rustic and flavoursome dishes - on our first night we had pork cheeks and gravlax salmon and thoroughly enjoyed the meals. There is a good wine list by the glass and an interesting range of beers. Compared to Melbourne Australia prices the prices here were reasonable though we did note that a glass of still water cost 2 euros and that tap water was not offered as an option. Despite that we will go back as the restaurant is only 150m from our holiday apartment.
There is no outdoor tables and inside the tables are spread amongst several rooms with some tables adjoining the bar area. Reservations are recommended and essential on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Gouden Hoofd is located in a neighboorhood where you would not expect such a restaurant except that this used to be the place where the main slaughter houses of Gent were housed before. So recently they decided to move 20 meters further into an old butchery and they left it almost intact. They also have an open kitchen so it is always nice to see the cooks when they are busy.
The food is very nice and the quantity is more than reasonable. The food changes almost every day as it is written on the wall and when they are out of it, well, then they are out of it.
The only drawback I would say is that the tables for 4 persons are very very small.
The restaurant is not cheap but also not very expensive. You get what you pay for.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

My husband and I were pointed to this lovely restaurant by our AirBnB host when we arrived at her apartment on a Friday night. It's in a neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown, so it's not popular with tourists. We arrived 35 minutes before the kitchen closed and it didn't look like we'd get a table so we sat at the bar next to some locals who recommended the lamb, which is what my husband got. I got a vegetarian dish of eggplant croquettes and a really good salad. Really balanced and tasty. And of course, we each enjoyed a Belgian beer. Super cozy atmosphere: Exposed brick, twinkling lights, and a DJ spinning (American) music. Loved it. Menu is only in Dutch, but everyone at the restaurant seemed to speak perfect English so it was not a problem. It was not cheap, but we learned that Ghent is rather an expensive town (for food at least).

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Thank WalkerTalker1984
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Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

We were recommended here from Flandria Hotel. It's a bit out of the way, about 10 mins from the centre. However it was really good food from a menu changing daily, written on the board. It was reasonably priced, €50 for 2, for main courses and beers. Full of locals, friendly staff and great atmosphere!

Thank Beaujingle
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

I loved the little tables and the menu on the large chalkboard. The restaurant cafe is very relaxed and the staff were easy-going. The food was great.

Aso, we were running late and called the cafe and they were very understanding and told us not to stress about it.

It was very cozy and family-friendly.

We went on a Monday when most restaurants in Ghent are closed so it was nice to find a place open on Mondays

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Thank Immie
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