Belgium > Gent
baxterfish (158) , England | June 10, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Sufficient rather than great beer list. Has a kind of modern Art Deco look about it. Food is good but pricey.
Piero1987 (23) California | April 9, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice place and ambient.
adamjackson (112) Canaan, New Hampshire | March 5, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great stew, great bottle list, pretty small joint but nice view of the canal. I really enjoyed dining here but it was very expensive.
tquest (14) , Belgium | September 7, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer restaurant with some delicious food. (try the ístoverij with Rodenbach vin de cťrťale)
If you know the place, you can sit on the outside, next to the water, a superb view!
The have quite some range of beers, and about 4 beers on tap. Place is not that cheap though ....
ekstedt (80) GŲteborg, Sweden | July 26, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A nice restaurant i the mediaval parts of Gent, whith a small place to sit by the canal. Good beer list, ate a very good flemish beef stew.
tderoeck (126) Gent, Belgium | May 8, 2012| Updated June 5, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I have not eaten here, but have had a few beers on different occasions. Always a nice selection of beers, always some Dupont on tap. I really should try out the terrace out back this summer...
UPDATE: now Iíve eaten here a couple of times. Nothing fancy, but decent "pub food", even if we donít really have a pub food scene in Belgium.
BlackHaddock (233) , England | March 30, 2012| Updated June 5, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Modern, hip sort of bar, reminded me of a sixties style place, big stools and funky chairs. Clean and bright with pastel colours used throughout.
The place is L shaped and you enter through a door that is set back from the road in a shop entrance/foyer. We walked through and sat at the rear which has views of the water and an outside area during warmer times. It was lunchtime but we didnít eat, most people seemed to be on their own reading or just chilling. All very civilised and calm.
Service with a smile, neat beer list and a complete contrast from all the other bars we visited in Gent.
shoulderbroken (121) Tokyo, Japan | November 26, 2011| Updated June 5, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice place to eat if you want to have some good beers too. Nice canalside location, although you canít really see that much. Food is a touch on the pricey side, but it was very good. Service was great. We didnít have a reservation but they fitted us in on a Saturday night. Attentive and friendly too. Beer selection is good, not massive choice, but plenty of good stuff, De Dolle bottles and Dupont draught.
Boudicca (387) London, England | August 28, 2011| Updated September 13, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
The Patershol area, once one of Gentís poorer quarters, is now a desirable city centre neighbourhood with its mediaeval street layout, attractive small houses, cobbled streets and a wide choice of restaurants. Aba-Jour has been a long-standing favourite of ours as a place to eat. Itís entered through a dark arcade off Oudburg, a main street running through the area parallel to the canal, and the door is flanked by two barrels and an old wooden juke box.
Thereís a long bar topped with an art deco panel from which the glasses hang, a low ceiling and a raised area at the back with views over the canal Ė not at its prettiest here as itís mainly the backs of old warehouses, but interesting all the same. Thereís also a narrow waterside terrace downstairs under the shelter of a large willow tree.
The dťcor is quite minimal apart from some ferns, large round wall lights and a few pictures, including an intriguing 1920/30s photograph of two women holding a ladder.
The staff are always friendly and thereís an extensive food menu. If youíre after hearty fare, look no further than the stoverij, a rich and delicious Flemish beef stew. The beer list is solid although unexceptional. There were six beers on draft when we last visited, including La Chouffe, Duvel Saison and Poperings Hommelbier. The bottle list of c.60 includes Westvleteren but whether they actually have it I donít know.
(Last visited 11 June 2011).
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