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Masters of Taste

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The third edition of the culinary festival ‘Masters of Taste’ (‘Smaakmeesters’) takes place from 30 September until 31 October in Antwerp. Dozens of chefs and restaurants are impatient to let you enjoy some delicious dishes and drinks. Tease and please your taste buds in Antwerp!

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Restauranttip: Umami

Wij houden ervan om onze gasten te inspireren om het maximale uit hun verblijf te halen. Daarom geven we ook regelmatig onze warme aanbevelingen met restaurant-adresjes in Antwerpen. Deze keer is Aziatisch restaurant Umami aan de beurt. Itadakimasu!

Umami gebruikt de term  ‘Asian Cosmopolitan Cuisine’ en dit is niet overdreven. Je waant je meteen in een grootstad als Londen of Parijs en kan helemaal opgaan in de hippe ‘cosmopolitan’ sfeer. Het kreeg een nieuwe inrichting met een mix tussen oosterse chic en hedendaags minimalisme. Het restaurant en de bar bieden plaats aan 200 gasten. De kelderverdieping wordt in beslag genomen door de keuken waarin naast een hightech teppanyaki ook een Japanse robatagrill staat, genoemd naar de oude Japanse visserstraditie van grillen op een houtvuur. Hier werkt de grill op lavastenen. In diezelfde kelder zijn er plaatsjes voorzien aan de toog zodat je een uniek zicht hebt op de keuken en ook een heel aantal tafeltjes.

Umami

Op zondag kan je vanaf 11u30 komen brunchen op de Umami Brunch mét kidscorner! Umami voorziet een aparte ruimte voor alle kinderen met opvang waar ze kunnen knutselen, schminken, sushi maken en op drukke zondagen met kinderanimatie van een clown of goochelaar. Donderdags organiseert Umami de Dim Sum Club: 16 heerlijke dumplings aan €29.

In Umami, de benaming voor de vijfde ‘hartige’ smaak, komt een brede waaier aan oosterse bereidingen aan bod, van sushi en sashimi over dim sum en gerechten op de robata en teppanyaki tot heerlijke currygerechten, springrolls en tempura’s. Voor een kennismaking met het uitgebreide scala aan bereidingen zijn er de menu’s die respectievelijk €45 en €59 kosten.
Een aantal bereidingen van de kaart zijn: tartaar van zalm met koriander en wasabi, potstickers van tijgergarnaal met rode curry, salade van papaya en avocado,  kipsatés teriyaki van de robata grill, geroosterd buikspek met truffel-teriyaki, woudchampignons, look en soja en nog een heleboel andere lekkernijen.

Sinds kort heeft Umami ook haar sushikaart uitgebreid. Er is een ruim assortiment maki, sashimi, nigiri en heerlijke sushirollen van de chef denk maar aan de alombekende Dragon Eyes, Manhattan, Volcano & Sexy Roll, allen aan de correcte prijzen!

Umami Sushi

De wijnkaart is aangepast aan de oosterse bereidingen, met ernaast nog een mooie selectie van een viertal zeer kwalitatieve sakes, geïmporteerd door Luc Hoornaert, de Antwerpse specialist van Japanse producten.

Extra tip: spring zeker ook eens binnen bij de buren Bazar Bizar en ga snuisteren in hun leuke collectie aardewerk, boeken en andere Oosterse spullen.

Umami
Luikstraat 8
2000 Antwerpen
Tel. 03/237.39.78

www.umami-antwerp.be
info@umami-antwerp.be

Veggie restaurants in Antwerp

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From 1 March to 15 April, the “Dagen Zonder Vlees” (in English: Days Without Meat) will make us once again aware of the fact that vegetarianism has a very positive impact on the environment and that veggie food is tasty, healthy and not at all boring or monotone. The aim is not to have everybody stop eating meat but to make as many people as possible think about their meat consumption and try out vegetarian alternatives. To help you around, we made a list of some good veggie restaurants in Antwerp.

 

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Fast fish in Antwerp

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Fast food nowadays no longer equals unhealthy and tasteless crap. There are many refined burger bars (De Burgerij, Ellis Gourmet Burger, Burgers & Booze,…) and hotdogs have been upgraded to “haute dogs” (e.g. Würst, soon in Antwerp as well). Fish is gaining more and more popularity as fast food as well. Antwerp has three very powerful fast fish concepts that you definitely need to give a try. Check them out…

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Veggie restaurants in Antwerp

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From 11 February to 26 March, the campaign Dagen Zonder Vlees (literally “days without meat”) is running in Flanders. It means that many people are trying to eat less or no meat at all during the 40 days of Fast until Easter. The campaign wants to make people aware of the impact of meat consumption on the environment. The aim is not to convert everybody into vegetarianism, but to sensibilize people and convince them that a diet with less meat or fish isn’t boring or tasteless, on the contrary! In Antwerp there are lots of good veggie addresses. We give you some tips!

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Bib Gourmand in Antwerp

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Bib Gourmand, the little brother of the famous Michelin Guide, has made its annual selection of restaurants in the Benelux where you can eat a high-level menu for the affordable price of 37 €. There are 169 Bib Gourmand restaurants in Belgium, of which 7 in Antwerp.

There are 3 new Antwerp restaurants in the Bib Gourmand listing: Ciro’s (traditional kitchen), Bún (Vietnamese streetfood) and B23 (wine-dine-bistro).

B23 restaurant antwerp

The other restaurants include:

 

So if you’re looking for a place to have a great culinary experience in lovely Antwerp, stop looking… Just check out one of these awarded restaurants!

Foodie hotspots in Antwerp // Part II

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Last week, we shared some foodie hotspots with you. Have you managed to visit one of these places? Let us know how it was! This week we have even better news, because we have some more tips for you! Are you ready to discover tasteful and gastronomic Antwerp?

  • Divin: master sommelier Sepideh Sedaghatnia has Iranian roots. She’s been living in Belgium since she was 17. She was elected “Sommelier of the Year” in 2013 and is the author of the book 69 things you’ve always wanted to know about wine. Only a few months ago, “Sepi” opened her own restaurant at ‘t Zuid in Antwerp. Divin is a trendy wine bistro, where people come to enjoy the atmosphere, the music, the wine, the fingerfood, the tapas and the daily specials. Come have a seat at one of the big tables or at the counter, and experience what Divin tastes like! Verschansingstraat 5-7, Antwerpen, www.divinbysepi.be

Divin wine bar Antwerp

  • Plateau Royal: Philippe Hawinkel has always been into seafood. He once had a seafood wholesale store, was a cook on a private yacht and sold oysters on Antwerp markets. In June 2015, he opened his River Café & Seafood Restaurant Plateau Royal, located on the first floor of the Noorderterras, with a magnificent view on the river Scheldt. On the menu you can find a so-called “seafood plateau royal” with either 1, 2 or 3 layers. But you can order a simple fish dish as well. In short, this is the place to be for “fishie foodies”! Jordaenskaai 27, 2000 Antwerpen, plateauroyal.be

Plateau Royal seafood Antwerp

  • Món means “world” in Catalan. A big oxhead sculpture, a glass-walled kitchen in the middle and a Josper charcoil oven are eyecatchers in this bistro. The Món chefs use their very own charcoil, which gives a delicate and particular taste to their homegrown meat from a farm in Stabroek (near Antwerp). Try one of their homemade sausages! Sint-Aldegondiskaai 30, 2000 Antwerpen, www.monantwerp.com

Mon bistro antwerp

Have a great weekend! And if you happen to visit one of these place, keep us posted on your experiences :-)

Source: Weekend Knack, pictures by Wouter Van Vaerenbergh and Daniel Geeraerts

Foodie hotspots in Antwerp // Part I

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Bistros, food shops , trendy eateries and gastronomic restaurants are booming in Antwerp. The city offers infinite challenges for foodies. Here are 3 hotspots that you might wanna check out:

  • Bites & Wines: in her cosy mini-eatery Katherine Nash shows that vegan cuisine isn’t boring and monotonous at all. The menu, on which you’ll find no meat or dairy, changes every day. Katherine uses fresh biological ingredients and her meals are all gluten-free. The perfect place for people with a food allergy or intolerance. Oude Beurs 60, 2000 Antwerp, www.bitesandwines.be

Bites & Wines Antwerp

  • Tan: “Cross cultural living food” is this health shop/cooking class/restaurant’s mantra. In the shopping area, you can buy specific kitchen utensils such as juicers and the Vitamix superjuicer. You’ll also find biological fruits and veggies, gluten-free grocery goods, healthy candy and all kinds of soy products. The restaurant menu is entirely gluten- and lactose-free. You can also follow a cooking couse on the basis of “living foods”. A truly inspiring place! De Burburestraat 6, 2000 Antwerp, tanclub.org

tan antwerp

  • Chickpea: Jossy, who comes from Israel, opened this place only recently. The number of places is very limited: four people can sit around the table, five at the counter by the window. Jossy sells Italian coffees and fresh juices. There’s hummus in 5 varieties (such as chickpeas and mushrooms) and salads. What to think of a low carb tabouleh or fresh tomato-cucumber salad with mint? Exactly: irresistible! Oudaan 4, 2000 Antwerp, www.chickpea.be

Chickpea antwerp

Keep on eye on the blog, because we’ll share more hotspots next week!

Source: Weekend Knack, pictures by Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

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