Dock’s Café is the place to go in Antwerp for a tasty, hearty meal. The city is full of cute cafes with pretty doorways and quirky designs, serving bagels and sandwiches. However, sometimes a light bite won’t cut it.
Despite the name, Dock’s Café is a brasserie. It serves amazing French-Italian food. Really tasty, filling dishes. Given the standard of food, it’s a little pricey if you’re on a budget. My insider tip would be to go for lunch and enjoy the special menu. And if you’re a fan of oysters, you simply must visit – no excuses. Dock’s Café has it’s own oyster bar, serving fresh catches, including ten species of oysters, two of which are its own. I’m not a fan, but the guys scored them very highly.
Although they’re included on the lunch menu, you’ll need to pay a little supplement (5 Euros) to get those slippery suckers. The soup may look boring, but hand on heart it’s one of the most creamiest, surprisingly delicious ones you’ll ever eat. It’s perfect for a blustery day in Antwerp. I guess their highly acclaimed chefs really do know their stuff.
Mains are even better. The menu isn’t in English, so the supposed beef stew actually turned out to be a fillet of beef in a rich gravy sauce rather than chopped meat. However, the guys were more than pleased with the upgrade.
The salmon fillet and winter vegetables shouldn’t be underestimated. The oysters and seafood really are a big deal here. And when I say big, I mean big. Just look at the size of that huge bit of salmon.
Absolutely cooked to perfection. Can you believe that’s sold as a dish for lunch and at a reduced price? It’s definitely worth going just for this one.
Dock’s Café is arty, quirky and full of character. It also happens to be in a great location, obviously on the docks, but also right by Steen Castle. The main feature of the restaurant is the curved staircase that you’re greeted with as soon as you open the ginormous door. Little snitch style touches (HP fans, you’ll know what I mean) adorn the menus and door handles. Huge bouquets sit on tables, pretty stars hang from one of the walls and curved banisters dance round the room. Everywhere you look there’s something different going on, but it’s classy and somehow works.
Visit Dock’s Cafe
The lunch menu costs just 18 Euros and the dishes change regularly. You can check the menu out and book ahead (highly recommended) on their website. You’ll find Dock’s Café at Jordaenskaai 7, 2000 Antwerp.
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