There's nothing like an evening's bar cruising for working up an appetite and of course the perfect cure is a meaty doner kebab. Hot 'N Spicy was ideally located between my last bar and my hotel and so it just had to be done.
This is friendly, spotlessly clean, takeaway with a lot more than just kebabs on its menu, but it was a kebab I needed and a kebab I got. As kebabs go this was one worth noting. A generously filled pitta bread with lean meat, plenty of fresh-tasting salad and a good chilli sauce - exactly what I was after and good value at only 5 euros.
Just up the road was a night shop and so a couple of bottles of Westmalle completed a proper drinking man's supper and all for less than 10 euros.
After an afternoon and early evening of following the sun around the various terraces of the town's bars an attack of the munchies had me suddenly getting the urge for something spicy and then on the corner was this little Chinese restaurant.
Unfortunately it wasn't very busy, in fact it wasn't busy at all - there was only one other table occupied whilst I was there. But it was pleasant enough - the usual Chinese restaurant decor. Service was friendly, if a little shy, the food was good and the bill more than reasonable.
Favorite Dish: I had the Crab Spring Rolls to start which were tasty and cooked in a very clean oil, the accompanying dip needed a bit of a kick which the jar of chilli sauce on the table condiments provided more than adequately.
A sizzling platter of Cantonese Duck was a huge portion of meat with a good crispy, nicely seasoned, skin and the plain rice just that.
Not the best Chinese I've had but no complaints whatsoever. Washed down with a bottle of Tsing Tao beer my final bill was less than 20 Euros.
This is of course the rejoinder to the "I'm on a seafood diet..." and sums up my impression of this little row of stalls along the harbour-side. Yep, it just has to be done when the weather permits.
I blessed with a marvellously sunny October day during my visit this time and sitting on the harbour wall with a seafood cocktail for lunch was almost compulsory. There's about four or five of these stalls here and they're all pretty much of a oneness with their attractively presented arrays of fish and shellfish. You can buy pre-made trays or select your own combinations, along with whatever sauces and accompaniments you fancy and they also have hot pots of whelks and cockles. Service is friendly, multi-lingual, and prices can be as cheap as you want with individual portions starting at 2 Euros.
Favorite Dish: I chose one of the mid-price trays at 4 Euros which was a substantial portion of prawns, some reformed bits made to look like lobster, and some flaked faux-crab all smothered in cocktail sauce. Tasty enough though and ideal for a light lunch with the sea air for company.
It was a dank, October evening, and I'd been travelling for almost thirty hours. After checking into my rather cheerless hotel, I decided to take a wander to look for somewhere to eat, but didn't want to stray too far. I was looking for somewhere half-decent, not too busy, nor too quiet. Travelling solo I didn't want an intimate, couples-only, sort of place but then I didn't fancy anywhere bright and brash either.
De Mangerie worked perfectly for me. Although trendily-modern from the outside the frontage of plate glass windows revealed a characterful interior of dark-stained wood, elegantly (but not over-formally) laid tables, subtle lighting and, most attractively, a mixed clientele filling about a third of the space. There was another single guy eating at one of the window tables, several couples scattered about as well as some slightly larger groups.
A quick check of the menu, posted by the front door, indicated that this was very seafood orientated, the prices looked more than reasonable, and so in I went. I felt immediately at ease - there was a gentle buzziness to the place, aided by subtle background music and the cheery waiter, who turned out to be a total star, indicated a window table which offered both panoramic views outwards and was central enough to be inclusive within the dining room itself.
Then it got even better. Having handed me the menus he produced a bottle of Cava (the Spanish equivalent of Champagne) and offered me a complimentary glass whilst I perused the menu. It was only then that he realised that neither French nor Flemish were my native languages and immediately proposed fetching me an English version. I insisted I was OK, adding that I did need to practice, and that I could read French even if my spoken use of it was halting.
This seemed to please him and I'd soon made my dining decisions, opting to eat from the Dagskaart which had two courses plus coffee for 25 Euros from which I chose the fish soup starter to be followed by a monkfish main course. The freebie Cava having set the palate I continued with white wine, a half-litre of Gewurtztraminer, as my accompaniment.
Favorite Dish: Then the next unexpected treat arrived. Along with the bread, which was obviously home-made and absolutely delish, came a trio of "Amuse-bouches". These comprised a little bowl of intensely savoury black olives, a creamy cheese mousse with a crispy cracker and, best of all, a shot glass of lightly-jellied Gazpacho topped with a zingy Wasabi dressing. I was now in gastro-heaven.
Next up was the fish soup - a rich tomatoey, stock-based, liquor which hid, in its depths, a feast of chunky seafood. This came interestingly accompanied by a slightly phallic Grissini stick dipped in rouille and grated parmesan. Phallicness aside, this was excellent too; full of flavour and the presentation in its curved-handled bowl aesthetic as well as functional.
The monkfish main course lived up to its predecessors. An ample portion of crispily-roasted chunks of fabulously fresh meaty fish was perfectly cooked, the little garnish of roasted cherry tomatoes, on the vine, added colour, the micro-herb saladette a touch of lightness, the creamy pepper sauce rich and pungent and of course the bowl of frites were sort of compulsory, this being Belgium.
Now it was cigarette break time, before coffee, to the mock aghastness of my waiter.
Pleasantly replete and with the rain having temporarily stopped I took a short circular wander of the seafront promenade with its lit-up artworks, a minor delight in itself, before heading back to yet another pleasant surprise.
No sooner had I sat back down when my waiter arrived with the coffee - "How's that for timing sir?" as he placed the tray in front of me. I'm not usually a pudding person but here coffee is another course and as well as the after-dinner chocolate this came with a little glass of creamy mousse and a home-made nutty, chocolate-dipped, biscuit. Just enough of a sweet set of nibbles to make a perfect finish to what was one of the best meals I've enjoyed for ages and with a total bill of 40 Euros, including a well-deserved gratuity, was very reasonably-priced.
Terrible service; we found pieces of cork floating in our wine which were removed by the staff with a spoon. They reacted irritated when we mentioned the cork. Cosy interior and average food, however we won’t visit them again!
Favorite Dish: Ceasar salad; lots of ingredient's, tasy salad.
This simple little place on Sint Petrus-en-Paulusplein serves half baguette style sandwiches which are made with deliciously fresh tasting bread and a wide selection of fillings. It's in no way a flash or posh place, but it's clean with friendly and efficient service and really quite good value. My partner and I each had a baguette and a bottle of fruit juice and it cost less than €10 for the two of us.
Perhaps one of the best selling points for this place is that in good weather you can sit outside and eat on the square with great views of the impressive front of the Sint Petrus-en-Pauluskerk.
This restaurant was the nearest sushi restaurant to Blankenberge would you believe on the birthday weekend trip we made.
This restaurant is located right on the water front with great views of the inlet and the boats...but beware there is no dedicated parking and we had to park quite a way away and walk back.
The service seemed to be hurried and we felt slighty uneasy and rushed ..even though there were other people in the retaurant and it was not late it seemed as if the waitress wanted us all gone for some reason??
When the sushi boat arrived we were pleased with the overall look of it and some effort had gone into the presentation which was a nice touch.
We found all the sushi and ingredients to be of a good quality and fresh and very tasty.
We cant comment on any other food as we did not have any but this retaurant also does wok, noodles ,teppanyaki and side dishes such as edamame and gyoza.
This restaurant also has a delivery service for Oostende and Bredene but it cost between 20 and 35 euros depending on the distance.
Favorite Dish: Sushi!
Great restaurant, good price/quality food, lots of choice, nice atmosphere due to the cosy lights in the restaurant. Also possible reservation for groups. Take a mixed plate of mexican stuff...you will like it ;)
Burrito (Fish, beef or chicken)
Enchillada (Fish, beef or chicken)
Chili taco’s con carne
Fajitas (Beef, chicken or mixed with scampi’s) Chili Con Carne
Tostada - Mexican pizza
Mixed Mexican Plate
Caribbean Curried Chicken
Favorite Dish: Mixed mexican plate, enchiladas,.....
From the grill
Mixed Grill 17,00 €
T-bone Steak 18,00 €
Maxi Mixed Brochette 17,00 €
Caribbean Ribs (Full Rack) 10,00 €
Grilled Salmon 12,50 €
Grilled Gambas 18,50 €
Côte à l’os ( 2 P) 34,50 €
Jerk Tropicana Grilled Chicken 12,50 €
This restaurant is really my favorite in Ostend.
You are welcomed by the friendly chief and you can choose your place against the window, or if you are in a group, there is a second place with a long table for everybody.
This restaurant has delicious plates of real Mexican food, pancakes filled with chicken, special plates with mushrooms, melted cheese and meat, a wide choice of plates...and not to forget the great cocktails!
If you ask the chief a coke-light, he brings it to you, saying ' a coke without whiskey for you?'
Everything is well presented.
If you say it is your birthday,the chief gives you a belt with 10 glasses and a free bottle of tequila which you may share with your friends. You also get real Mexican hat to put on. You get a lemon,salt and you can start filling the 10 glasses for you friends...and drink some real tequila...
Then if the atmosphere is really moody, he puts on his micro,and he starts a sort of show. You may sing for your birthday if you want :)
This place is great for groups and also for couples. The restaurant is clean, tidy, nice and atmospheric.
Favorite Dish: Pancakes filled with chicken
or plate with mushrooms & cheese,...
For a perfect example of one of Oostende's sumptuous Continental pattiserie/bakeries Caruso is well worth searching out. The window display of cakes and confectionery will tempt even the most savoury-toothed and once entered the aromas of fresh-baked bread and brewing coffee will have an amnesiac effect on those who have already had breakfast.
Unfortunately I only had time for a quick coffee but was suitably impressed by this place. Staff are friendly and welcoming (even though it was just a coffee) and the general ambience has the refined laid-backness you'd expect from one of its Viennoise contemporaries but none of the stuffiness you can sometimes encounter in Paris.
Not just for sit-down meals though as the bakery seemed popular with the locals for their daily bread and the impressive chocolates on display look ideal for your Belgian souvenirs without being hugely expensive.
Fun little casual restaurant. Specialty is mexican, but there are enough other choices on the menu for people who are not into mexican. Not chic, but cool decorations. Quick service. Reasonable prices. Huge portions. I managed to eat a quarter of my plate :) Usually quite busy, and not that many tables, so best to make a reservation in advance.
Friday is usually a Chinese or Indian meal, this time Chinese.
Busy early evening and a varied menu to choose from.
All enjoyed our meal, plenty of veggie options for Mrs B.
Friendly service and reasonable prices, a good meal.
Close to where we were stopping the menu enticed us in.
Several very good value set meals and enough vegetarian options for Mrs Bonio.
Food very tasty, friendly service and prices reasonable too, recommended.
It's part of the Alpha Hotel.
Originally this started as a take-away traiteur store, but due to the big succes (best price/quaility) and original Italian recipes the 2 Italian cooks have expanded their place to a restaurant and are planning a terrace also for in summer.
In the restaurant you can see the cooks prepare the pizza's in their authentic oven. Great for a take-away but also if you want to eat quality food with fresh recipes for a fair price.
Favorite Dish: Try the Lasagna Napoli or Vegetarian.
Also the pizza 'speciale' is fine, but the Moussaka is the best, although no Italian stuff.
When you are in Ostend city and the weather is nice, you really need to try an Ice-cream from Maxzim.
Lots of choice, we like the orange,lemon and special tastes.
Price is only €2 for 2 balls (and they are big!) and nice presented in a big horn with spoon.
Don't have a picture, but you'll like it.
Most ice-cream sellers ask €2.20 and the balls are half the size!
Sympathic seller also, so very recommended in general!