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“Excellent !”
Review of Vrijmoed

Vrijmoed
Ranked #2 of 859 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian, European
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ghent, Belgium
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400 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 433 helpful votes
“Excellent !”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Once again a phenomenally delicious meal in a pleasant atmosphere. However, a small blemish on our super evening was a misunderstanding when ordering. We went for the 5 courses and the three of us ordered cheese dessert (€ 10 extra) whereafter the friendly maitre suggested two ice-cream cheese dishes. We had assumed that they were the alternative to the classic cheese dessert also because we ordered the full 5 courses and this is the most comprehensive version so we did not even think about 6 courses ... Turned out, however, that we got both. I for one reason or another without the extras (including fig) that the two ladies did get. They are of course much more charming ... The maitre apologized friendly but we had somehow hoped to be offered the coffee especially because both (delicious ice-cream of stilton AND the cheese) were charged. Maybe we are old-fashioned or it isn't done in a place with a (well deserved) michelin star. We would have left with an even better feeling though.

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank markhebbelinck
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Ghent, Belgium
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lives up to the high expectations”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Yesterday we could finally go to Vrijmoed (we've been waiting six months) to check if this young chef could live up to the high expectations. I must say he delivered.

Overall the food was very good, the accompanying wines were excellent, the staff very friendly and the chef comes to your table at the end of the evening (as it should be in every restaurant).

A small remark is that it was very hot inside yesterday, so an airco system would be a plus.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Jan S
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Herzele, Belgium
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Michelin star worth kitchen”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

As former chef of "Hof van Cleve 3 stars restaurant" Michael Vrijmoed puts taste and gadtronomical pleasure at the plate in front of you! Perect kitchen, nothingbto remark on except postive reflections! Just make a reservation!

Visited August 2014
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Thank Vincent C
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Ghent, Belgium
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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“Still room for improvement”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Don't get me wrong, everything was fine, but we were a little disappointed. We had the 5-course menu and I had the assorted wines as well (which I thought were fabulous). The service is fine, and the presentation of the wines was very thorough (we almost did not see Benjamin, the wines were presented by someone else, who did an amazing job). I would have to say that 3 of the 5 courses were excellent with the other 2 being good to very good. The additional dishes/plates with the champagne at the start and the coffee at the end were good but not great. It's a nice touch that Michael Vrijmoed comes to every table at the end of the service. I'll definitely go back and hope to be able to give this place a 5-star review at that occusion.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Guy B
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Leuven, Belgium
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Not good enough”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We chose this restaurant for a special celebration and left a bit dissapointed. Maybe my expectations were to high, based on the lovely reviews and gaining the Michelin Star last year.
Our expectations were even higher because we knew Benjamin, the former sommelier of Oud Sluis, was part ot the team and expected highly of the food paring with the wines.
We had the 5 course menu with the wines. It all started very good with the second course cuttlefish as a remarkable high. But from then one the wines started to go against the food and when on the main course one peace of lamb was overcooked i started to wonder.. When at the end i chose the cheese in stead of the dessert everything went wrong. Apperantly you are entiteled to a glass of wine with the dessert but not with the cheese, altough you already have to pay extra for the cheese. When the cheese arrived it was a very big plate with four tiny pieces from witch three of them seemed to be bought at the supermarket next door. I expect from this kind of restaurant at least the majority of cheeses to be inventive and new discovery, this was not the case.
When finally at the end it turned out they do not accept every Credit Card (only Visa/Mastercard) one wonders if this restaurant really wants to play a bigger part in the foodie scene or stay a good local restaurant without any ambition what so ever. We did not see Michel Vrijmoed this evening so i wonder if he was even there and we all know that absent cooks aren't the best promotion. Finally i wish to say that the service, altough all done by young people, was excellent and made me feel good, altough the buzz of service sometimes disturbed the athmosphere, but that is something you can not avoid i guess. Better next time ?

  • Visited May 2014
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6 Thank WimLeuven
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