Discover Benelux, Issue 54, June 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Discover West Flanders  |  Top Food, Drink & Sleep Spots

An oasis on the Belgian coast TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK  |  PHOTO: RESTAURANT TERRASSE DU ZOUTE

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy coastal town of Knokke by making a stop at La Terrasse du Zoute. Settle down for a refreshing drink, treat yourself to homemade ice cream or enjoy a gastronomic meal under the sun at the spacious outdoor terrace. As one of the largest terraces in Het Zoute, the restaurant is a relaxing oasis in the town’s vibrant shopping district. At just a stone’s throw from the beach, the restaurant is wrapped around the building of Hotel Lugano (see opposite page) and offers lunch, dinner, tapas and aperitifs. “We start in the morning at half past 11, and close in the evening at half past 11. The kitchen is continuously open, so you can always come here for something to eat or drink,” says Stefan Vanhollebeke, owner of La Terrasse du Route and Hotel Lugano. Vanhollebeke did not take half measures when setting up the restaurant in 2009 and invested in a top-of-the range kitch-

en. Taking up nearly half the total floor space, it allows the chefs to maintain an extensive menu of local specialties and international dishes. “We have something for everyone, from classic prawn croquettes, which is a real must-have, to carpaccio and fried cod or lemon sole. We offer prime cuts of beef, such as the filet or rib-eye steak, as well as a tartar of Wagyu,” Vanhollebeke says. “But we also serve a fantastic Thai coconut and cauliflower soup.”

At the bar, mixologists offer a choice of 70 different cocktails, and sommeliers help guests pick from numerous wines and Champagnes. “We only serve premium brands, including a selection of 25 different gins,” Vanhollebeke adds. La Terrasse du Zoute serves a set lunch (weekdays only) and a seasonal threecourse dinner alongside their à la carte menu. Starting in the late afternoon, guests can also order from the tapas menu for smaller bites. Groups of over eight people require a reservation.

The seating area is divided into four different corners, allowing for a quiet drink at the lounge, a relaxing meal in the garden, a cocktail at the indoor bar, or visitors can watch life pass by along the buzzing Kustlaan shopping street. “Each area has its own atmosphere, from trendy to classical,” he says. “We can also accommodate groups and families without making you sit right on top of each other.”

Web: www.laterrasseduzoute.be

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