Blanco Restaurant (Knokke-Heist)

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A coconut’s throw from Tulum – sorry, we mean Knokke-Heist station, you’ll find Blanco luxuriating in its beautiful decor dreamt up by interior designer Anthony Boelaert (beige and terracotta limewashed walls, banquettes galore, extravagant pendant lights). The owners? Céline Buysse in the dining room, and chef David Cantré, who mixes up the Mediterranean, Knokke-Mex style: nachos dripping with shredded beef birria (stew); devilishly fresh gambero rosso carpaccio with a coconut foam and harissa oil; before a terrific corn taco flaunting Holstein short ribs, salsa Mexicana and mole. ¡Ándale! // Kiko Zushi

FEELING THIRSTY? Liquids that are totally on theme: Del Maguey mezcal tasters (€30 for three glasses) and a Pornstar Martini cocktail (vodka infused with vanilla syrup and passion fruit purée, €15). There’s also Armand & Gaston Gueuze from 3 Fonteinen (€25 for 37.50 ml) and La Varenne de Chanzé, a white Anjou from Pierre Ménard (€68 a bottle).

PRICE: Small plates €7-25, build-your-own tacos €30-43, mains €82-140, sides €7, kids’ main €22, chef’s menu €68.

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