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Where to Eat in Belgium, Summer 2014

By alison - August 15, 2014 (Updated: November 30, 2015)

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Best Restaurants in Belgium.

Where we've been eating this summer in Belgium

Every few months I write a round up of the restaurants in Belgium we’ve enjoyed recently. Some are places we’ve written entire reviews on, others are places we enjoyed, but didn’t write full articles about. If you’re venturing beyond the borders of Brussels, here are five great restaurants in Flanders and Wallonia worth a taste.

Restaurants in Wallonia

Moulin de Val-Dieu, Aubel, Province of Liége

We visited this charming restaurant for lunch, after our trip to the Val-Dieu Abbey. The service was friendly, there was plenty of variety on the menu, including many regional ingredients, and we washed it all down with some beautiful wine (of course the local beer is a great choice too!)

My confit duck at the Moulin de Val-Dieu

My confit duck at the Moulin de Val-Dieu

We Especially Loved: The little shop on site where we could purchase some of the local goodies to take home, like beer, cheese, foie gras and bread.

Read our full review of the Moulin de Val-Dieu.

Le Moulin de Val-Dieu
298 Val-Dieu,
4880 Aubel
Tel: +32 (0) 87 68 01 70

Aux Berges de la Bel, Aubel, Province of Liége

If I could only pick one restaurant from this list to revisit, it would be Aux Berges de la Bel. Their vast sunny terrace is a beautiful place for an apéro on a summer evening. Moving into the pretty dining room for four-courses of local delicacies is a great follow up too!

Aux Berges de la Bel is definitely worth leaving Brussels for!

Aux Berges de la Bel is definitely worth leaving Brussels for!

We Especially Loved: In addition to the terrace, we loved the warm, friendly service and the fact we could stay overnight in the guest rooms upstairs.

Read our full review of Aux Berges de la Bel.

Aux Berges de la Bel
112, Route de Val-Dieu
4880 Aubel
Tel: +32 (0) 87 76 69 52

Restaurants in Flanders

G&G Cucina Tradizionale Italiana, Maasmechelen, Province of Limburg

Italian Restaurants can be found in every corner of Belgium, however high-quality, authentic Italian food is another story altogether. The last place you’d expect to find an excellent Italian meal (or any meal for that matter) is a shopping centre, but G&G Italian Restaurant in Maasmechelen Village is the real deal.

From our first sip of our Bellinis, to the crispy crunch of our pizzas, to the perfectly al dente pasta, we loved the whole experience. The service and fun, fresh atmosphere were as good as the food. Shopping mall food will never be the same!

Our meal was gorgeous and delicious

Our meal at G&G was gorgeous and delicious

We Especially Loved: In addition to the great food, we loved décor, especially the Italian flag behind the bar, made from Martini bottles.

Read our full review of G&G Italian Restaurant.

G&G Cucina Tradizionale Italiana
Zetellaan 100,
Maasmechelen, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 89 20 49 93

Passage, Poperinge, Province of West Flanders

We stopped at Passage for lunch, while visiting the Hops Museum and Talbot House in Poperinge. As the name suggests, we made our way down a little passage to find ourselves in a fresh and modern looking restaurant.

I have to admit, I was expecting casual fare, but what we were served surprised me. The dishes weren’t complicated, but excellently executed. I was particularly impressed by my grilled mushroom starter.

Passage in Poperinge, West Flanders, was a pleasant surprise

Passage in Poperinge, West Flanders, was a pleasant surprise

The prices are affordable and there are several menu options: a 3-course (with three choices for each course) menu for 39€ or a weekday lunch menu for 16€. It’s a great little spot if you are in the area.)

We Especially Loved: The young, fresh atmosphere and attention to detail.

Passage
Veurnestraat 11-13
8970 Poperinge, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 57 36 42 62

Ariane Restaurant, Ypres, Province of West Flanders

We’ve eaten at the Ariane Restaurant twice, when staying in Ypres at the Ariane Hotel, but I’ve never written about it before. This situation must be rectified as the Ariane is well worth a visit. Unlike many hotels, the Ariane’s restaurant is a winner, with friendly and attentive service.

The food is fresh, seasonal and delicious. The menu changes regularly. In fact, you can choose from a 3-course menu of the day, a weekly menu, a seasonal menu, or you can order a la carte.

On our last visit, I had a lobster bisque that was velvety perfection. My main-course rack of lamb was flawless and offset by fresh spring pea shoots. Andrew’s beef skewer was almost as big as his head and the meat was perfectly cooked.

The Ariane is a winner of a restaurant in Ypres

The Ariane is a winner of a restaurant in Ypres!

If you’re in the Ypres area, we highly recommend the Ariane Restaurant. The hotel is also a nice, affordable, friendly place to stay as well.

We Especially Loved: The variety of fresh, seasonal, local produce highlighted in the various menus.

Ariane Restaurant
Slachthuisstraat 58,
8900 Ieper, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 57 21 82 18

For more great dining suggestions, check out our Restaurant Review Page. In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you more restaurant suggestions for Brussels, for both fine-dining and cheap eats, so stay tuned.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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