Bar Bristol

Bar Bristol Restaurant (Ostend)

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We’re eternally grateful to Charlotte and Bruce Lybeer, who had the brilliant idea of transforming a dreary Ostend bistro into a bar packed with good vibes. From the first rays of sunshine, the petrol blue counter attracts early risers as well as late-nighters, thanks to its neo-neighborhood bar atmosphere that continues right up to the street-corner terrace. In addition to his meaty, sea-faring and vegetarian menus, Bruce delights à la carte with comfort food that’ll banish the blues, while always paying attention to his sourcing. We ordered: dainty amberjack sashimi with tomato water, fermented chilies and kumquat; North Sea prawn croquettes; and some delicisouly old-fashioned tarte tatin for dessert. // Anita Kane

FEELING THIRSTY? A wine list with a fondness for all things pet’ nat’ and skin contact, with bottles from France, Spain and Italy: Grande Soif, a Riesling from Léo Dirringer, Les Quinze Hommées, a muscadet from Jérémie Huchet, as well as house wine in all three colors (€5 a glass) and locally-brewed beers.

PRICE: Set menus €32 (weekday lunch), €47 (dinner), dishes 8-20 €, desserts €9-10.

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