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.
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