Aroy Aroy

Aroy Aroy Restaurant (Ghent)

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Oggy Oggy Oggy! In Ghent’s historic center, Michael and Jason Blanckaert are writing their own legend: that of two brothers – one is Thai by adoption, and the other used to work as a chef at J.E.F. – who deserve medals for their Belgian-Thai cuisine. The 411? A set menu that combines small bites and plates to share, like: oyster with nuoc mam and a smoked eggplant cracker; delicious plaice fillet topped with chopped portobello mushroom on a seaweed and soy sauce broth; ultra-fresh scallops seasoned with ginger, samphire and green meat radish; punchy garlic and Thai basil mussels; a small shot of cucumber green tea to cleanse the palate; terribly good green curry with endive and kale; pork belly drizzled with dark soy sauce and flanked by celeriac… We had to call it quits after the refreshingly cool blood orange sorbet, plus a turmeric crema catalana. Aroy, aroy, aroy! // Romy Van Helden

FEELING THIRSTY? More or less local bottles: Xarel·Lo, Spanish bubbles from Els Vinyerons (€7.50 a glass, €48 a bottle), or Pachorra, a Grenache by Alexandre Durand from the Domaine Pèira Levada (€42), plus gueuze Tilquin beer (€13 for 370mll). Food and beer pairings €19, food and wine pairings €27.

PRICE: Menu €62.

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