Friday, 22 October 2010

Amadeus, Ghent (BE)

This is one of these places where you mainly go to for the atmosphere. That doesn't mean that the food's not good, it really is, but the decor and the ambiance are even better, and quite unique.

First of all, Amadeus is specialised in spare ribs, all you can eat, with a jacked potato topped with their special herbal butter and a mixed salad. They do offer a few other options, like a local chicken and potato stew called "waterzooi", a mixed grill, gamba's, etc., but you'll see that most people go there for the ribs, and come back for more. 

The interior puts you right back in the 1930s, and every room throughout the restaurant has its own feel: some of them are decorated with art deco wall mirrors, others with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and the whole place bathes in warm, cosy light. The background music fits the decor perfectly, and adds to the feeling that you've stepped back in time and ended up in someone's living room, be it with a whole lot of other people. It's usually quite crowded, which I generally don't like in restaurants, but in Amadeus it's okay.

Another eccentricity is the way they serve their wine. It comes in 1,5 liter bottles that are set on the table, and afterwards they'll charge you by the centimeter, which more or less corresponds with the number of glasses.
We go there regularly, sometimes just with 2 or 3 people, sometimes with a bigger group, and the bill has always been fair and correct.

If you have a bit of space left in your stomach after one of their lavish meals, they serve a few typical desserts that are worth trying, like rice pudding with caster sugar or chocolate mousse. Their irish coffee is supposed to be good, be it of course not very local, but I've never tried that myself so I can't testify to that.

By now there are four Amadeus restaurants in total, of which two in Ghent, one in Brussels and one in Antwerp. The one I'm focusing on is the oldest one, located in the quaint quarter of the city, called "Patershol", an area very close to the centre that is packed with restaurants and bars and has a really authentic historic feel. It's a bit of a labyrinth with old narrow streets, cobblestones and gorgeous historic houses testifying to different building styles throughout the ages, but you always end up somewhere interesting. Definitely a must-see!


Amadeus is located at walking distance from the main sights in the city centre (only a few minutes from Vrijdagsmarkt - Friday's Market).
Main courses go from +-13 euro (if you don't count the vegetarian salad for 7,5) to around 17€, with their specialty: spare ribs √† volont√© at 14€.

Contact details:
Amadeus I
Plotersgracht 8/10
9000 Gent
Tel. +32 09 225 13 85

Open 7 days a week from 18:30 till 23:00, and from 18:00 till 23:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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