After the normal Saturday morning errand run (aka grocery shopping at Carrefour planet with my 2 favourite Canadians)… we decided to head out to the infamous South African Wine shop just outside Ghent, called Paradisi.
I got to stock up on my favourite Graham Beck Railroad Red along with a few other delights and although Brenda was in Franschhoek… her partner provided us with a slew of knowledge, suggestions and helpful hints on what would suit each of us (and our budgets).
We all left with a minimum of 6bottles each… but by this time it was 2pm and we were all starving!
Did you know that most restaurants close their kitchens around this time? Well – we didn’t realise how difficult it would be to get a decent meal and after visiting 2 of the suggested restaurants provided to us by Paradisi… we eventually lucked out at option #3 – a great little Brasserie called *Cafe des Arts*!
Beers were served with the appropriate glassware (actually – so were the cooldrinks and water… all in branded glasses… very cool)
The specials sounded brilliant and I opted for the Roasted Duck with a peppersauce, wok fried vegetables and potato gratin!
The other 3 tried out the Paella… unfortunately for HIM – it was loaded with calamari – not his favourite …. (on the upside… at least M and I got to enjoy it :))
In terms of value for money – it was less than 20euros each (although we didn’t really drink)… and the service was friendly and the kitchen was still open mid afternoon!
Would I go back? Maybe… although I was quite looking forward to trying out *HA!* which was the originally intended restaurant that was recommended to us, but their kitchen was closed :(!
Brasserie Cafe des Arts
Address: 12 Schouburgstraat, 9000, Ghent, Belgium
Telephone: +32 9 225 7906
Opening Hours: Monday 11h30-18h00; Tuesday-Thursday: 11h30-22h00; Friday & Saturday: 11h30-23h00 & Sunday: 11h30-22h00