We are the first to recognize the difficulty in satisfying everyone’s culinary wishes when you are having a meal at a seaside restaurant. Quite often the tastes of families with children or even grandparents are miles apart. Brasserie Henry has found an excellent solution for this problem by offering a number of so-called signature dishes such as ‘mussels prepared by the Chef with Marsala wine’ and ‘vol-au-vent with a Hollandaise sauce and French fries’. These are two dishes, which were specially selected for the Zeesterre. Children can tuck into a spaghetti or shrimp croquettes. Something you should definitely try is the Nicoise salad, which has been prepared with freshly grilled bluefin tuna!
Apart from Brasserie Henry’s extensive range of cocktails, they also offer 10 different types of gin. The white house wine is French whereas the rosé and red wines are Spanish. They also offer a number of more notable beers such as the Omer, the Ommegang and the Poppolou, an Ostend beer.
We arrive on a warm summer’s day and find an inviting terrace looking out over the sea and the trendy beach clubs. Brasserie Henry’s interior, however, is more traditional and rustic and can best be compared to a Parisian brasserie. Take a seat on the trendy and spacious terrace while the waiters serve their customers in a composed and relaxed manner.
We would like to taste one of the famous cocktails and opt for the Mexican Mule, prepared with tequila, lime juice and ginger beer. Surprising, refreshing and definitely asking for seconds. In short, an excellent aperitif. Unfortunately, we are not fond of the pepper coulis accompanying the cob and therefore opt for the meat instead: grilled ‘Duke of Berkshire’ pork chops with a pickles-based béarnaise sauce and rosti potatoes (€ 24). The pork chops have been sublimely roasted and are just slightly red. The sauce is absolutely exquisite. The rosti potatoes are an excellent alternative for French fries.
Albert I-Promenade 65 bus 22
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Type of cuisine?
Brasserie offering fresh pasta, fish and meat dishes.
Open from 10.30 am.
Closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
Travelling by public transport?
Take the tram and get off at the Marie-Joséplein stop. The restaurant is only a few minutes’ walk away.