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“A place you really got to try” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vrijmoed

Vrijmoed
Vlaanderenstraat 22, Ghent, Belgium
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Ranked #9 of 560 Restaurants in Ghent
Cuisines: Belgian
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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A place you really got to try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Finally I was able to eat at Vrijmoed for a very special occasion and it was sure worth the wait. Great tastes are being offered in a relaxed mood.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Leuven
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“The top in Ghent and ready to conquer the rest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

For once, the hype is justified. Much is expected from this young chef and he delivers. No, he overperforms.
The full menu is 5 courses, but the first starter consisted of several small plates that other restaurants would serve as separate dishes: each plate was a balanced composition.

Every course was consistently on a very high level. The preparation with ox tail powerful but not overpowering. I opted for the additional winter truffle and it did add an extra dimension. 15 euro is not cheap for some truffle shavings, but in the context of the dish: worth it. Only the main dish (farm chicken) could have done with a little more aroma and 'depth'.

The most pleasant surprise was probably the bill. This level of gastronomy at this price point is hard to believe. In fact, I cannot imagine that this can be maintained, but Vrijmoed will still be on top of my list for a re-visit if prices do take a hike.

This place is peerless in Gent (sorry Vitrine e.a.). And it will develop even further if the chef can develop his signature. I have little doubt that he will.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ghent, Belgium
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Best place for foodies in Ghent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

What's there to say? Michelin star well deserved. I'm already looking for my next booking at Vrijmoed. If you intend to give this place a try (you definitely should), plan well in advance, it's fully booked months ahead. Without a doubt the best restaurant in the centre of Ghent.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Deinze, Belgium
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“a young star”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Michael Vrijmoed started a restaurant in the center of Ghent. And not just a restaurant. He and his whole team will welcome and surprise you with delicious dishes. Realy amazing for such a young man. Carefuly presented, full of tastes, a joy for your tongue and with a never ending smile of the whole staff. If you have a chance, just go for this reservation! It's a must.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ghent, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Superb cuisine and friendly service: Ghent's new number one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

In December, we enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Vrijmoed. It was our third visit so far and, as on the previous two occasions, we were delighted with the delicious food, the creativity as well as consistency of the kitchen team, and the topnotch service. Our friends and family, who joined us for a special occasion, were equally impressed with how exceptional standards were maintained from the first amuse-bouche, throughout the 5-course menu, to the mignardises at the end. The sommelier's wine pairings were also inspired. As Ghent foodies, we're very happy that Vrijmoed has joined our city's culinary world: for us, Vrijmoed has quickly managed to establish itself as Ghent's best restaurant.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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