Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Antwerp | Top food, drink & sleep spots

A healthy lunch in Antwerp’s trendiest district TEXT: KOEN GUIKING | PHOTOS: MINT

There is no need to resort to unhealthy options when looking for a quick lunch in Antwerp. The centrally located lunchroom Mint offers a wide range of nourishing sandwiches, burgers and salads. Good to grab on the go, but even better enjoyed when seated on this trendy restaurant’s terrace while being served by some of the friendliest staff in town.

player. Their sandwich with Parma ham and goat’s cheese, for instance, comes with lettuce, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, onion, sundried tomatoes, nuts, honey and a chive dressing. “We don’t serve simple sandwiches,” Schouwaerts points out. “Our metropolitan sandwiches are loaded with fresh, high-quality ingredients. We want to show people that a lunch can be healthy; even a quick lunch.”

Every meal served from Mint’s kitchen contains a colourful bonanza of vegetables, which makes for a spectacular presentation and mouth-watering flavours. “The base of all our meals are healthy greens, which can be topped up with fish, meat, chicken, cheese, eggs or more vegetables,” says Michaël Schouwaerts, who runs the lunchroom with his wife Nathaly Geysen and their friend Pieter Loridon, a former professional basketball

But there is no need to rush your lunch at Mint, just off Antwerp’s trendy Nationalestraat in Antwerp, near the Fashion Museum. There is ample seating inside the restaurant as well as on the terrace, overlooking a rare green square in the centre of Antwerp. This is an ideal place to try some delicious afternoon sweets with a glass of Mint’s own gin or a very special cup of coffee or tea. This popular eatery in Antwerp’s fashion

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district serves an exclusive coffee and tea brand, aptly called Couture. The tea menu alone consists of almost 50 flavours. “All the teas – black, green, white and herbal – are made with full leaves,” says Schouwaerts. “We also make our own ice tea.” Likewise, the selection of special coffees – with ingredients like crumbed biscuits or marshmallows and chocolate flakes – is made with roasted coffee beans from the Couture range. During the week Mint is open from 11am till 6pm, while on Saturdays it also serves continental breakfast –with a glass of sparkling wine if requested – or yoghurt with muesli or cruesli and fresh fruit, which can be topped with superfoods like goji berries, chia seeds, raw chocolate and honey.