You might not be familiar with ‘The Flemish Foodies,’ but in Belgium they are ‘The Beatles’ of the culinary industry. Three young chefs, brought together by talented photographer Piet De Kersgieter on a mission to transform the Belgian foodie landscape.
Apart from being young, gifted and surprisingly approachable, each of the chefs have their own distinctive persona. The result is a trio of exciting restaurants in Ghent: the previously posted Volta, De Vitrine & J.e.f.
Today, I eat @ ‘De Vitrine.’ Translated it means ‘window.’ A playful allude to its unique location: the city’s red light district. Chef Kobe Desramaults challenges tradition, and when it comes to restaurant location, he introduces a new ‘trendy.’ Lunch starts at 12:00, and dinner is organized in 2 shifts: 18:30 or 21:00. Best if you arrive a little early so you can enjoy a glass of wine in the retro-looking transformed butcher store.
On the tunes of Jimi Hendrix, I eat with a group of funky-looking diners: tweed jackets, cuffed pants and Wayfarer Black Frame glasses. From the dining room you are entertained by the serene action in the open kitchen. Only rarely will you spot Kobe behind the furnace. His ‘right hand’ Matthias Speybrouck and team are carefully executing his dishes.
First to arrive: poached oysters, whelks, whey-sauce, yarrow and common winter cress. A curious and wonderful adventure! Next up is woodpigeon with barley, pumpkin and chickweed herb. Apart from being a visual feast, all the components are cooked to perfection and full with flavor. Kobe breaks boundaries, and his fearless attitude translates into his food: atypical ingredients and unexpected pairings. Rock & Roll indeed!
The Vitrine: Brabantdam 134, 9000 Ghent, Belgium, tel +32 (0)9 3362808.