A real Ostend fish restaurant offering refined traditional dishes in fresh and original surroundings.
Grand Café du Bassin’s menu does not only feature refined fish dishes, mainly prepared with North Sea fish, but also a couple of attractive meat dishes for the carnivores among us and salads, tapas, snacks and sweet treats for the afternoon. In short, you can take a break here any time of the day to strengthen your inner self.
A nice wine list featuring world wines available by the glass. We were, however, duly fascinated by the impressive list of beers on offer. To accompany the fish, we opt for a tasty Spanish verdejo, but we could just as well have chosen an Ostend Keyte or open a bottle of Kwaremont accompanied by a tapas platter on the cosy terrace.
Officially, the restaurant is called Grand Café du Bassin, but its interior does not reflect what we expect from a Grand Café. Mind you, this is not meant to be a negative comment: we are pleasantly surprised by the large space, which has been divided into different levels, containing lots of plants and benefiting from lots of light. A stylish and contemporary restaurant equipped with a lovely terrace offering a nice view on the Visserskaai.
Several dishes on the menu are listed with a fish symbol next to it, which refers to the ‘A l’Ostendaise-North Sea Chefs’ project, during which the chef prepares North Sea fish in a creative manner. And this is something we just have to taste. As a starter, I opt for a crisp salad prepared with freshly peeled shrimps and excellent sauces, whereas my table companion enjoys two delicious shrimp croquettes. As a main course, I am presented a small cooking pot out of which the thoughtful waiter scoops a deliciously smelling Bouillabaisse into my plate, including langoustines, mussels and large pieces of white fish. This is accompanied by grilled cheese toasts and a rouille. As the soup is fairly heavy and despite doing my utmost best, I am unfortunately only able to eat half of it. On the other side of the table, the plate is empty, which means that the Mechelen asparagus accompanied by the red gurnard, poached egg and the pretty, foaming Hollandaise sauce made with Kwaremont beer definitely went down well. Here, a true fish lover really finds everything his or her heart desires!
Grand Café du Bassin
Type of cuisine?
Fish restaurant, also offering a couple of meat dishes, snacks and tapas.
Continuously from 10 am to 9 pm.
Kitchen open from 12 am to 2.30 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Travelling by car?
The Ostend Churchill Q-Park (Natiënkaai 7, Ostend) is located very close to the restaurant.
Travelling by car?
The restaurant is located at a short walk from the Ostend railway station.