't Waterhuis: 't WATERHUIS:beer+good pastas near a big fireplace
t'Waterhuis is most famous for it's beers, and local people come eat here often.
In winter it is very cosy eating a pasta close to the fireplace. A great alternative for the usual restaurant! t'Waterhuis is well known for many years, even before WWII.
Also especially with English beer-tasters, but the atmosphere stays calm ;)
Favorite Dish: Some of their great pastas
There is a large variety of restaurants spread all over town anf serve delicious food.
Some typical fish dishes are: 'Sole à l'Ostendaise' (sole with a white wine sauce and shrimps), 'Tomate Crevette' (a tomato filled with shrimps), 'Paling in 't groen' (eel in green sauce prepared with parsil, spinach and other green herbs).
El Mariachi: EL MARIACHI - Delicious Mexican food!!!
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,...
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TEX MEX: TEX MEX : best price/quality Mexican Food !!!!
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 €
Fish market: Chewy stewy
Well, this isn't exactly a restaurant, but along the Vissers Kaai, I stopped at one of the tent-like stalls and bought some fish stew. All of the stalls sell it, so I just decided to choose one. When I walked up to the lady who was dishing it up, I asked what it was and she said, "Fish stew. Do you like spicy or no spicy." So, I decided to order the one with a little kick to it.
For 1.50 Euros, it was worth trying, but I have to be honest and say that it wasn't that great. There were big chunks of, well, I'm not sure what they were, but I'll describe them as rubbery slugs of some kind. I'll eat anything and the taste wasn't bad, but my jaw was tired after trying to chew these suckers for about ten minutes and I didn't even finish it.
Next time, I'll order something else. There were all sorts of more recongnizable and scrumptious looking things on sale here.
Just off the main road are...
Just off the main road are numerous fish stands where the hungry visitor can find every possible fish preparation (mussels, crab meat, young herring -'maatjesharing' - and others) to eat while continuing his stroll alongside the quay until the beach. Almost halfway to the beach is a smaller fish market - the 'Vistrap'- where larger specimen can be bought (mainly sole, plaice, shrimps).
Some typical Belgian fish dishes are: 'Sole à l'Ostendaise' (sole with a white wine sauce and shrimps), 'Tomate Crevette' (a tomato filled with shrimps), 'Paling in 't groen' (eel in green sauce prepared with parsil, spinach and other green herbs).
Broodjeszaak Carelli: Great Baguettes
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.
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De Mangerie: Five Courses For The Price Of Three!
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.
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The restaurants in Ostend...
The restaurants in Ostend serve delicious food. They specialise in Dover Sole, Shrimp croquettes and ‘tomato filled with shrimps’. There is plenty of choice in Ostend. You will find a whole row of restaurants along the quay side. Gourmet dinners, low budget lunches, foreign food ( Greek, Chinese, Italian …) a candlelight dinner, all of this is possible in Ostend. There is a large variety of restaurants spread all over town. In the centre of town there is the main market place called the “Wapenplein “ In the middle there is a kiosk with a band stand, surrounded by plenty of pubs and tearooms . Do'nt forget to pay a visit to Stene, at the edge of Ostend. It is a picturesque place with lots of restaurants.
Kombuis: the best place for Mosselen !!
This is the best place to eat "Mosselen", you can have them in different tastes, garlic, cream, curry, ricard,white wine,.....
The interiour is very, very basic, so don't expect a romantic night out, but the food is delicous.
Favorite Dish: Mosselen !!!!
Ostend Queen - fish brasserie: The culinary sense of Pierre Wynants
Kursaal Ostend was restaured at the end of 2004
The restaurant on top is a nice place to be with friends, enjoying an excellent meal, payable, although the "chef de cuisine" is nobody else than P.Wynants - the owner of restaurant "Comme chez soi" in Brussels.
The view on the beach of Ostend is perfect.
The restaurant is still under construction ( feb/2005) but acceptable.The elevator to the second floor produce sea sounds - the chairs are special in this sense that they give a feeling of being in the middle of seatrip.
Favorite Dish: The actual daily menu consisting out of daily fresh seafood
- Soupe de poisson a la flandrienne
- Plateau fruit de mer Ostend Queen
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Toi, Moi et la Mer: TOI, MOI ET LA MER : Nouveau Cuisine,not expensive
Rather new restaurant, very cosy inside with dim lights & modern furniture.
The kitchen is 'nouveau cuisine', it's a fine stylish restaurant with great menu for only €32 !
Favorite Dish: MENU ’TOI MOI ET LA MER’ €32,00
Oostendse vissoep met kaas en rouille
Soupe de poissons à l’Ostendaise,rouille et fromage
Huisgemaakte garnaalkroketjes met citroen
Croquettes aux crevettes
Aardappel met Oostendse Grijze garnalen Fijn sausje met bieslook
Pomme Polder farcie aux crevettes grises d’Ostende
Inlandse Entrecote met groene peperroomsaus
Entrecote sauce au poivre vert à la crème
Scampistaartjes in roomsaus van het huis
Scampis, sauce à la crème
Kabeljauwhaasje in lichte jus met duxelles van Champignons,bintjespuree,
basilicumolie en zongedroogde tomaatjes
Cabillaud à la vapeur, duxelles de champignons, Puree ,
huile au basilique et tomates sechées
Quattro van gebakken zeebaars,coquille,gamba en tonijn,
Pommade van tomaat ,Romige Risotto ,olijventapenade
Quattro de bar de ligne,,coquille St. Jacques,gamba et thon,
Lamskroontje met Porcinisausje, bladspinazie en linguine
Couronne d’agneau,sauce aux cepes , epinards et linguine
Dessert’toi moi et la mer’
MAXZIM : Best Ice Cream in Ostend (and cheap)
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!
BISTROT DE LA MER : great seafood!!!
Romantic restaurant with veranda chairs and terrace. Best local seafood, mid-priced, good service, recommended!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is :
Starter : Gambas in spicy sauce (or Scampi Oriental)
Main dish : Northsee-fish with fries (Salmon, Lotte, Kabeljauw, Griet) grilled.
Pitta Nür - best Pitta in Ostend !
This is a great pittabar with best price / quality pitta's you will ever experience.
A nice, honest & friendly couple from Turkey opens this essential pitta place.
You can eat inside or take-away. Sometimes people wait almost till outside the pittabar, cause it has so much succes. A must for a fast take away snack!
Favorite Dish: Favorite plate : €4.5 (normal)-€5 (large) for a chicken dish with french fries & vegetables.
Once you tried this crispy chicken plate with french fries and garlic sauce, you will always compare other pitta's with this one and will never be satisfied again!
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