Schnitzel restaurant (Antwerp)

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Anyone who expects to eat thinly pounded veal Milanese when stepping through the front door of this wine-red facade will need to be flexible: despite its name, the restaurant owned by Geert Weyn (ex-Dôme) doesn’t serve schnitzel – and don’t even think about asking for it! Instead, you’ll find a five-, six- or seven-course tasting menu that pays homage to bistronomy in a truly enjoyable setting (old-fashioned tiling, art deco light fixtures, shelves lined with bottles of wine). For us, the day we went: the chef’s famous pâté en croûte (pork and celeriac, other times it’s asparagus and chicken); sensational pointy cabbage and Brussels sprouts served with hand-rolled semolina and t’faya – a Moroccan preparation made with raisins, cinnamon and stewed onions; perfectly cooked cod and chicory served two ways (braised and raw), all drizzled in a heady sherry sauce; and mango rice porridge, soufflé and ice cream. // Janjan Bon

FEELING THIRSTY? Bottles adorned with names that we love popping open, like a red from Jeff Coutelou of Le vin des amis (€41), along with an interesting selection of beers – Doktor Rudi de ’t Verzet (€5), Girardin gueuze (€20 for 75 ml), or Jambe de bois from the Brasserie de la Senne (€5.50).
PRICE: Menus €39 to €54.

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