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“Lovely experience”
Review of Publiek

Publiek
Ranked #24 of 911 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 10 June 2014

My companion and me were able to get a reservation during the week a few weeks in advance.
On arrival we were welcomed by a truly friendly host, the girlfriend of the chef, if i am informed correctly. Apero glass of champaign and & gin tonic (said to change weekly, mine was Hendricks with the correct trimmings) we went for the menu extended with one dish. Original wine selection on the wine list ranging from "conservative" to "adventurous". Fantastic home made bread with an even more fantastic home made butter on the side. Then the menu: all dishes were in correct portions, lovely & pure! A treat for the tastebuds. While dining the customers can see Olly & his team at work in the half open kitchen.
A really nice restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere. Honest prices. Will be coming again surely!

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1  Thank Fred S
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I had high expectations when visiting Publiek, as the chef is a Flemish Foodie and the former chef of Volta (which is my personal favorite).

Unfortunately he didn't live up to it.

Some things to improve:
- We were seated next to the bar, behind a couple who were eating at the bar. When I turned my head I was looking at the gentlemans behind.
- We had to wait 20 mins before someone came to our table.
- The cava was not cold.
- The starter, chicken wrapped in cabbage served cold, was not tastful.
- The whine list was presented, but no recommandation was done.
- The hostess talks about her clients to other clients, which isn't very professional.

Some good things:
- The second starter, guacamole with shrimps, was excellent. I would have loved more dishes of that standard.
- The staff was friendly.
- A nice renovation of an old building.

Maybe till next year (or not).

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8  Thank Jan S
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

This visit is definitely one of the top visits of 2014! Young, innovative, creative, experimenting, adventurous, quality products, friendly, hospitable and what extraordinary tastes! Not expensive for what you get on your plate. Definitely a repeat visit later this year. Congrats to the chef, his team in kitchen and in restaurant!!

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2  Thank Filip V
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

My expectations are always rather high when entering a restaurant where a reservation needs to be made over a month in advance, and I can say that all of them were met. The food was excellent: the 5-course dinner offers a nice variety of dishes and flavours and was made with the finest local produce. The price (55 € for 5 courses) is really not high given the quality of the food served.

the setting was nice and modern without desperately wanting to be contemporary or trendy. Service was friendly and professional. Certainly a place I'd recommement to everybody who enjoys an upscale meal.

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2  Thank WardvV
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

At Publiek you can dress down and feel at ease. The chef Olly uses simple ingredients, but does extraordinary things with them. The menu is a succesion of surprises and if you look at what you get related to what you pay, this is most certainly value for money.

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Thank Koen D
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