Went to "De Kaai" with my wife last week.
Location; this is in Boom ( Antwerp ) - next to the river "De Rupel" - The location is modern, grand & impressive. There is a lot of glass indoors, so you have always a nice view. Be sure in to ask in the summer for a place outdoor, next to the water.
Service; 2 waiters are serving all the tables. They are very friendy, know what food & wines they serve. And are always looking for enhancing details. So this is more than ok.
Food; It is "bristo" food in a new jacket. We ordered tapas, carpaccio, boullabaise and steak. Tapas where worth the price; a big plate with loempias, chicken, sauses and other fingerfood. Perfect! But the rest... Carpaccio was soso; Meat was ok, only bland vinigar & the parmezan was not the real stuff. The bouillabaise was small but ok. The steak was... just a steak. A large piece of meat smacked down on the plate with a bit of green salad.
Price; A starter costs 14 - 18 euro A meal costs around 20 - 25 euro - Dessert around 8 a 10 euro. Everything is overpriced for what you get.
Wine; Smaller wine selection, but the waiters know how to sell it. The house wines are young & quite sweet.
Price & General conclusion; Way to expensive! We had a bill over the 120 euro. Yust for food that you can prepare at home. We where very disappointed. If you like fine cuisine, ad 50 euros extra and go the "Pastorale" ( 2 star restaurant - 5 minute drive from the Kaai ).
We will come back but only for sitting at the water with a tapas plate. Know what to expect when you visit the Kaai; Nice location, good waiters, mediciore food & a very big bill... Be warned!
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