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Top Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Ghent, Belgium

Top Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in Ghent, Belgium

by Anne Shirley a month ago
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  • 1. Le Baan Thai
  • 2. Bar Bask
  • 3. BORIS & MAURICE
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If you are looking for a medieval charm yet wish to avoid tourist crowds while exploring the marvelous attractions of Belgium, consider spending some time in Ghent – one of Europe’s pivotal cities in the old days that has now become a vibrant youthful metropolis, pierced with picturesque canals belted by well-preserved ancient mansions.

Upon arrival, you will be immediately drawn by the mesmerizing positive vibe: people here enjoy life in every aspect of it and are inviting and helpful when it comes to foreign guests. Sounds like an ideal destination for an avid foodie, doesn’t it? Ghent’s young culinary visionaries, bold and very gifted, have been causing a true sensation on the global scene for the past decade, and with our selection of the highest-rated Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in the city, you will know precisely what to try. Bon appétit!

1. Le Baan Thai
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Le Baan Thai
#198 of 1741 restaurants in Ghent, Belgium
9000, Corduwaniersstraat 57, Ghent, Flanders, Belgium, 9000
Closed until 6:30PM
Grilled chicken
Grilled chicken

Grilled Chicken is a very popular dish made with chicken. It can be served with a wide variety of side dishes, including salads, roasted or baked vegetables, mashed potatos, or sugar snap peas.

Ghent’s Patershol district is known as the city’s culinary circuit, where cozy brasseries stand shoulder to shoulder with exotic Japanese, Indian, and Turkish restaurants. Nestled inside one of the time-honored brick buildings adorned with wall creepers, Le Baan Thai has been treating the local community to exquisite delicacies for over 30 years.

Their secret garden, enhanced with numerous flowerpots exuding sweet scents in summer, is a lovely sanctuary of fine dining and natural aesthetics. The front of the house is elegant and minimalist: monochromatic beige color tone, crisp white tablecloths, mythological wooden sculptures, and gorgeous incrustations, tastefully placed to fuse Belgian and Thai cultures. The most stunning feature of the venue is its glass roof, letting sunlight smoothly add warmth to the overall atmosphere, and in the evening, the starry sky becomes your ceiling.

Dishes served at Le Baan are crafted with the utmost passion for culinary art, and decorated with colorful pansies – an adorable finishing touch. The menu reflects a modern take on classic Siamese fare: prawn soup with coconut milk, grilled chicken with peanut sauce, spring rolls filled with vermicelli and pork, and fried beef with chili and basil leaves.

The Siamese Promenade menu – €55

2. Bar Bask
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Bar Bask
#349 of 1074 pubs & bars in Ghent, Belgium
Edward Pynaertkaai 115, Ghent, Flanders, Belgium
Open until 12AM
Scallops
Scallops

Scallops are often referred to as gourmet seafood. While having very tender meat, they are considered to be rather sweet in taste. Scallops can be eaten raw or cooked.

For all things Basque, you must check out our next suggested Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded gem – Bar Bask. This trendy tapas establishment revolves around the philosophy of a simple, honest, unpresumptuous culinary experience. They possess a large glass case loaded with the freshest local produce, giving out the vibe of a vintage shop with its retro weighing scales, posters, and other memorabilia. The irresistible smokiness of your meat and seafood, crisp on the outside while maintaining juicy tenderness, is achieved by the venue’s masters thanks to the unique Asador grill – it provides the best conditions to cook the fare on an open fire.

Let the rustic rock-n-roll atmosphere of Bar Bask captivate you, sit back at their window counter, overseeing the charming Scheldt River, and have a bottle of fruity cider or San Miguel with a side of patatas bravas. If you fancy a more substantial meal, here’s what we’d recommend: start with a pintxo (a small snack), such as scallops or Bay of Biscay anchovy. Next, move on to grilled lobster or turbot. In desserts, don’t hesitate to order their authentic Basque cheesecake – a heavenly delight!

Average bill – €65

3. BORIS & MAURICE
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BORIS & MAURICE
#900 of 1741 restaurants in Ghent, Belgium
Antwerpsesteenweg 329, Ghent, Flanders, Belgium
Open until 9PM
Mussels
Mussels

Mussels are a type of bivalve mollusks, that are similar to clams and oysters. They are a great source of vitamins and have a mild, faintly sweet flavor. Mussels can be pan-roasted, steamed, stewed, or added to other dishes.

Our short Ghent culinary journey comes to its finishing line – a Bib Gourmand-awarded rookie on Belgium’s F&B map, the bold and exciting Boris & Maurice bistro. Named after two friends and talented cooks who used to work at Bodo together, the place serves French fare with a contemporary outlook. While the interiors might seem almost too neat, with a few splashes of color – green potted plants and abstract paintings on the walls, the food is complex, flavorful, and intricate.

But let the menu speak for itself with a bountiful variety of dishes, such as red gurnard Zeeland mussels and tarragon, veal roast with tonnato sauce, capers, and beetroot, and Atlantic cod with smoked bacon, herb velouté, celeriac, and nutty baby potatoes. There is no better culmination of your gourmet experience at Boris & Maurice than savoring dark chocolate ganache with orange and Marsala caramel. The establishment also boasts a superb wine cellar featuring renowned producers from France, and the knowledgeable team will readily recommend the best pairing to highlight the uniqueness of each specialty without overshadowing it.

Average bill – €50

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Anne Shirley 24 days ago Request content removal

As a sweet tooth, I adore Belgian waffles with powdered sugar!

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CrimsonDragonRider (Guest) a month ago Request content removal

I love the vibrant and youthful energy of Ghent! The food scene seems amazing. What is your favorite dish to try in Ghent?

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