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“A place with ambience, flavours and a great wine list”
Review of Le Homard Rouge

Le Homard Rouge
Ranked #73 of 894 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 1, 2012

There is a small problem with Trip Advisor and smaller towns (like Ghent). Once a few places get positive reviews, future visitors are more likely to pick those in the top 5 and never try any place else. This is not to say those top 5 are not great places, but in my travels, I have often found that there exists a treasure trove of places off the tourist path that well reward you for seeking them out. I would put Le Homard Rouge in that category of restaurant. When I say off the tourist path, when it comes to the compact city of Ghent, this is not a problem. Everything there is within walking distance. The place exists in the renovated cellar of a canal-side building. It has a nice, cozy character and if you sit by the back windows, you have a nice view of the canal itself and the Opera House. As you enter and head down the stairs, you pass the chef hard at work, but also get a sense of the great aromas coming out of the kitchen. As you are seated, the hostess is very good at explaining the menu (if you don't speak Dutch or French). As it is a seafood restaurant, you can imagine this is their special focus. Le Homard Rouge literally means "red lobster" and they have a lot of lobster on offer. They have a tank in the back with their fresh catch. We went for one of the pre-set menus on offer and were not disappointed. We also chose a bottle from their excellent wine list, where all the wines available are there to fit with the seafood on the menu. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and were very glad we took a chance to visit a place that only had one other review on Trip Advisor. If you too should decide to make a trip here, you will be impressed with Le Homard Rouge. To finish off, we did also eat at another place in Ghent the following evening that was in the Top 5 on Trip Advisor. While very good, my wife and I both agree that Le Homard Rouge was the better place.

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Reviewed August 14, 2011

This restaurant is a little difficult to find, but it is in the city center. Ideal for a culinary stop while walking through the historic part of the city. The front entrace demands some exercise: very narrow, steep stairs. The rear exit (I don't know if it's also an entrance) is a beautiful terrace (a must on a warm summer night) on a canal opposite the Ghent Opera building. The restaurant actually appears to be in the basement of an old building, and has kept many of its aspect in the interior decoration.
Our second visit to this restaurant. Welcome was very warm, service timely and efficient, staff friendly and helpful. The white wine (Saumur) was excellent. The bill remained within reasonable expectations.
If I want to formulate some constructive criticism here, I would suggest the following: the Baby Lobster menu consists of four half baby lobsters in different preparations (Asian, Italian ...), only once accompanied by a small portion of rice. I know there are heartier choices available A la carte, but this menu certainly does not fill a hungry stomach. I would recommend the chef to add a little side-dish (vegetables, pasta, ...) for every course.

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