A real classic Belgium food experience in an old fermette
TEXT: DEBBY GROOTEMAN | PHOTOS © CORBOO
For tourists who want to enjoy the real Burgundian, Belgian cuisine, restaurant Corboo is the place to go to. The restaurant can be found just ten minutes from the city centre of Ghent and is located in a 200-year-old fermette. Original elements from the farmhouse are still visible both on the inside and the outside, which fits well with the classic menu they are serving.
The menu at restaurant Corboo consists of delicious dishes that are made with top ingredients only, with everything freshly prepared in the restaurant kitchen by owner and chef Alexander Corbisier. “From the biscuits we serve to the bread and the ice cream, we make everything from scratch. Since the restaurant only works with seasonal products, the menu also changes regularly. We cook mostly with local ingredients from the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Lamb from the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands and fish from the North Sea are good examples of what we serve. In the end, it all depends on what is on offer and the season. In summer, for example, the fresh seafood platter is a big hit.”
The restaurant is famous for the fresh game dishes that are offered from mid-September till January. The meat, like pheasant and hare, is cooked in a classic style, and served with a matching wine. In fact, with all items on the menu, the restaurant puts great detail into the accompanying wines. “We offer more than 200 different wines, mostly from France, Spain, Italy and Austria. We really appreciate Austrian wine, since it is the leader in organic wines.”
Inside, the restaurant’s decor can be described as classic, in keeping with the menu. “We offer set tables with white linens and crystal glassware. And, of course, comfortable seats. There is plenty of space around the tables so the guests are not packed together. We want them to savour the experience of a special lunch or dinner.” When the weather allows it, guests can also be seated on the terrace that offers a Provençal look and feel. One part is covered with vines, the other part is surrounded by olive trees.
Tourists will find that the dishes and special menus at Corboo are very fairly priced. And this year, the restaurant also got a special mention in the Gault & Millau guide.