Housed in a former merchant’s house, de Floreintijinen is a special occassion restaurant. The two-story restaurant has huge windows that let light flood into the dining room, where smart and savvy locals sit at tables covered with crisp white linen. It could all seem stuffy, but the quirky modern art on the walls helps head that off. The service is impeccable, and the kitchen delivers dishes that mix classic tradition with contemporary spicing. Top ingredients appear in starters like terrine of goose liver with a pear compote and a spicy brioche or a foaming "cappuccino" of crab with Armagnac cream. Fish get royal treatment here, from a simple sole meunière to the superb crab from the Barents sea, which come curried or with truffles and are the most expensive dishes on the menu at €74 to €84. Meat makes an appearance with classic dishes like leg of lamb with green beans, a potato dauphinois, and a thyme jus. The wine list ranges throughout the world.
Academiestraat 1, West of Jan van Eyckplein
Our Rating Neighborhood Center Hours Tues–Sat noon–2pm and 7–9:30pm Transportation Bus 4, 14 to Jan ven Eyckplein Phone 050/67-75-33 Prices Main courses €34–€74, lunch menus €22, dinner menus from €52 Cuisine Type French, Belgian Web site De Florentijinen
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