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“Excellent food but rather slow” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Karel De Stoute

Karel De Stoute
vrouwebroerstraat 5 | 9000, Ghent, Belgium
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Ranked #14 of 562 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nice young couple recently took it over and made a great little restaurant!
Dorset, England
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“Excellent food but rather slow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

When we got there we thought that we might be the only customers but the place, somewhat hidden away, was soon close to full. Unlike another reviewer, we didn't find it too noisy, and the outside courtyard tables are probably lovely in the summer

We had the 5 course taster menu with wine - I think 58 Euros and wine at 20, but not sure as it came as part of the package at the nearby Harmony Hotel. We got lost between amuse bouches and courses, so it felt like more than 5. I can't praise the food enough and the wine was well chosen, with no question of just having a glass of each, in fact we had to refuse a couple of offers of more. We left feeling full enough but not overstuffed.

Service was friendly and helpful, but a bit too long between courses. I'm sure this was deliberate rather than due to inefficiency, but I'm afraid that it was a bit too long for us - in at 7:30 and not out till after 11:15. We did notice a few other people yawning later on.

I'd still recommend the place; perhaps a la carte next time.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Liverpool, UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Excellent standard and keen to impress”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

This was one of five restaurants we visited in T'Patershol during a trip to Gent and it was easily the best.

We found it by accident - it doesn't shout its presence- and the entrance is modest. The small dining room is, however, beautifully appointed, cosy and friendly. Service was excellent, attentive and efficient. Prices on the wine list were reasonable and the quality (of a pinot gris d'Alsace) was excellent.

The food was a joy; every course was perfectly prepared with a real flare for flavour and the amuse bouche genuinely added to the experience. The menu offered is limited; you feel that the emphasis of the chef is on making the dishes he prepares as good as he possibly can rather than serving a diverse menu. He did add variety though by offering several of the dishes presented as starters as possiblre main courses.

Our strong impression of this restaurant was of a young couple determined to offer a high standard and in this they succeeded admirably. I have no doubt that their reputation will grow - get in early!

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dendermonde, Belgium
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“nice surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

we visit this restaurant in may 2010 and for us it was a very nice surpise ... excellent food and the desserts were very good and a we received a lot of surprises (like extra dessert and extra drink at the end) . The menu was 50 eur and 70 eur with wines. This is one of the best restaurants in Ghent. The restaurant is very small and therefore very romantic .
Don't hesitate and try this restaurant. You need a reservation for dinner .

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belgium
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375 helpful votes 375 helpful votes
“A lot of promise”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

This small restaurant has a chef who shows a lot of promise. His wife is a promising maitre d'.
The ingredients were fresh and of a good quality. The fish was slightly overdone but that's a minor remark. We also had a really palatable Italian red wine.
The only essential critic is one that can't be helped but was really annoying. The accoustics are terrible. We are not easily put of by a bit of ambiance but here the noise was disturbing. It's a pity but we will give it another chance because the food and the people were nice.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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