De Peerdestal restaurant in Antwerp, Belgium

De Peerdestal is a cosy two floor restaurant on Wijngaardstraat, a cobbled lane in the heart of Antwerp’s old town, a couple of minutes walk from the Grote Markt, the historic central square.

In Flemish De Peerdestal means ‘the horse stable’ and a near life-size wooden horse provides part of the decor here. Chandeliers hang from the beamed dark wood ceiling of this character packed restaurant specialising in Flemish cuisine.

From goose liver to eel in sauce

The gebakken ganzeleve – lightly fried goose liver – is one of the specialities of the house and served as a starter, along with freshly baked brown bread, on a bed featuring cooked apple and a delightfully dark, full-flavoured Madeira sauce. The Paling in’t groen, succulent eel in a green sauce, is another regional speciality that comes highly recommended.

De Peerdestal’s menu lists a number of fish and meat dishes. The mussels, mosselen as they are called here in the Flemish speaking part of Belgium, are renowned as regional and national delicacy and can be ordered in four styles of preparation in De Peerdestal. The house special is a sauce featuring coconut milk, coriander and lemon grass. Traditionalists might be more tempted by the white wine or garlic sauces, or even the natural option.

Horse fillet with Madeira sauce

Another of the restaurant’s specialities is fillet of horse served with Madeira sauce, the paardefilet pur Rossini met madeirasaus. Perhaps a few travelling Brits have acquired a taste for horse in recent months? Knowing what is in this dish means many people pass up the opportunity of trying it.

This is a popular and centrally located venue,so it’s worthwhile making a reservation, especially on weekends.

The maandmenu, a three course menu of the month, offers good value for money. It gives you a number of choices, an aperitif cava and post-dinner espresso. The regularly changing seasonal menu is also a value way of enjoying a selection of the restaurant’s dishes.

Further information

De Peerdestal is at 8–10 Wijngaardstraat, De Peerdestal, Antwerp, tel. +32 (0) 3 231 9503.

See the Antwerp website for ideas about things to see and do in the city.

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