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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