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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