A very decent spot to have a meal and a good beer. Lots of good, traditional Belgian dishes on offer. While the beer list doesn’t have too many uncommon beers to offer, all the classics are present, plus a few other interesting ones. The restaurant itself is lovely, and if the weather is nice you simply MUST eat in the couryard. (On our visit it was wonderfully sunny and sit in the courtyard we most certainly did.) Prices here are pretty much par for the course - which is to say, not bad. This place is definitely more of a ’great food place with decent beer’ than a straight-up beer place, but it’s probably one of the best places to have a meal with beer in Antwerp.
Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 21, 2011
Have been here in Feb 2010 with my dad and March 2011 with friends. It was absolutely empty on our most recent visit (Sunday night) Lovely courtyard and interesting rooms both downstairs and upstairs. The beer list isn’t bad, and prices were not too bad I seem to recall my Giradin Black Label at being a good bit less than 5 Euros which was pretty good.
We enjoyed a nice Belgian meal here as we ducked in out of the cold winter wind. The warm food paired very well with our big, malty ales. The upstairs boasts a comfortable lounge while the main level is all business - food and beer. Our service was pretty good and we left with happy food and beer thoughts. This is a good meal spot when in town and is away from the tourist areas.
Being springtime, the yard is a nice area; but I can’t imagine eating in the dull high ceiling rooms during the bad season, it must feel like being the son of the servant in the past centuries. The beer list is quite extensive, for a restaurant it’s definitively interesting; there are the classic, not the modern beers, but at least there are also a few lambics. The waitress didn’t seem to enjoy her work.
Rune (637) Tromsø, Norway | May 17, 2011| Updated July 3, 2011
City central place located close to the Gothic cathedral. We passed the cosy beer garden and found our seats in a rather spacious room at the rear of the bar. With the classical music, including psalmody, white church candles and the bible we soon went into a kind of consecrated and relaxing state of well being. The beers we ordered from tap, Arend Blond and Moeder Overste, contributed to the laid back feeling. They had seven beers on tap and a very decent list of bottled beers (visited with Finn, 29.04.2011).
As you walk in from the street you enter a small courtyard. On our visit, on a very cold Sunday evening in March 2010 the only thing in the courtyard was a huge gas torch flame for smokers to warm up on, the tables and chairs were stashed away for the winter. The far righthand corner hosts a small chapel, the entrance to the actual bar is in the far left corner.
Once inside you see an almost square room set out like a restaurant and most people seemed to be eating on our visit, we had already had a Shwarma in an Iranian joint by the station. It was no problem just wanting a beer though, others were doing the same.
Mixed crowd of customers, mostly British, with three Americans behind our table (it was the ZBF weekend).
Beer selection and service were both fine, we were joined by a couple of British guys we’d met on the Friday in the ’Oud Arsenaal’ and crossed the road with them to finish off our drinking in the ’Vagant’, as did many others who had been in ’The Great White Eagle’.
Lovely place in a beautiful old building with a fantastic courtyard. Certainly my favorite place to eat in Antwerp (the beef stew is probably the best I’ve had). The beer selection isn’t extensive, but there’s certainly some nice options.