We just returned from an outstanding meal at De Rave! We read about it in Trip Advisor and were looking for a place near the public transportation routes with good food. As others have noted it's on an unobtrusive street a few short blocks from the Belfry. At first we were afraid that it might be closed since many of the restaurants in the area aren't open on Sunday. But we were glad that it wasn't!
The restaurant is in a historic building and gets its name from the carved stonework Raven that used to be used instead of a numerical address in earlier times. Inside, the decor is rustic, muted but tasteful and comfortable. Only a few other people were dining when we arrived but when they left, they made a point of telling us that we were in for a treat.
The service was prompt and the server/owner was very personable and translated the menu into English for us on the fly. We had a carafe of one of the house wines -- as good as any bottled wine we had had during our time in Belgium. The food was excellent! After an initial tasting of bio tomatoes and goat cheese with tasty bread, we enjoyed our appetizers (sea bass over noodles with pesto, shrimp croquettes) and main dishes (Belgian chicken, sole). All were moist and cooked to perfection. For dessert the fixed price menu included fresh cherries, vanilla ice cream, sponge cake and chocolate shavings with an artistic presentation resembling a classic still life painting. The cream brûlée was outstanding with a crisp top (with no hint of a burnt taste).
Overall, we had a memorable dinner at De Rave and would recommend it highly as a first rate restaurant.
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