Situated in Sint-Katelijnevest, the restaurant looks small from the outside but goes a long way inside. There’s a garden terrace, but the August 2021 weather didn’t allow us to sit there.
The interior design plays with black, grey and copper-gold-brown.
De Godevaart has existed for many years now, but went out of business in 2017. Dutch entrepreneur Jan ‘t Hoen from restaurant Johannes in Amsterdam took over the business. Martijn Hendrikse runs De Godevaart and together with Sam Ruizendaal is now in charge of the kitchen.
“We serve seasonal dishes, where quality, craft and taste are of paramount importance”, the website says.
As with many fine dining restaurants, you can eat à la carte or opt for a set menu. It’s always smart to choose the set menu. Frank, Steve and I went for the five-course menu, with wine pairing.
- Roasted prawn with zucchini, spring onion and bumbu.
- Dorade laced with smoked eel, mini leek and miso sauce.
- Anjou pigeon with pistachio, and pomegranate aceto.
- Veal tenderloin, parsley root cream, osso buco and veal and mustard sauce.
- Selection of European cheeses with accompanying garnish.
- As dessert: mango, coconut, lime and lemongrass.
There were also two amuses-bouche and mini éclairs to accompany the coffee and tea.
The five-course version omits the cheese platter. The four-course menu is €59, five €69 and six €79.
The dishes were not exaggerated in their concept. You could taste the ingredients and you knew what you ate. I was really impressed with the dorade a nd with the Anjou pigeon. I never had such tender pigeon.
De Godevaart offers a gastronomic but not overly conceptual dining experience at prices which will not make you weep.
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