Having lunch or dinner on the Ostend Promenade is still an incredible experience, both during the summer as well as in winter time. Moreover, this certainly is the case when you end up at a highly recommendable restaurant where you can sit down to an exquisite meal. Welcome to Toi, Moi et La Mer.
It is actually only logical that this restaurant serves excellent North Sea fish, which comes straight from the sea onto your plate. Its chef, Christophe Snauwaert, only works with fish, which originates from the sea directly in front of his nose and is freshly delivered every morning. This ranges from the weever to the tub gurnard and sole. The shrimps you can savour in Moi, Toi et La Mer of course also come from Ostend and were bought at the “Vistrap” (the well-known Ostend open-air fish market). In short, this is a highly recommendable restaurant on the Promenade. As a result, both inhabitants of Ostend as well as tourists go to great lengths to “conquer” a place on the delightful terrace.
Although the wine list features quite a number of affordable Spanish and Italian wines, you should try a different approach and opt for a fresh and tasty local beer such as the Keyte, Brugse Zot or Poppolou. Popular local heroes perfectly match the delicious Ostend shrimps.
Whereas a lot of establishments on the Promenade opt for clear shades of white, Toi, Moi et La Mer is predominantly decorated using warm colours. As a result, there is no chilly atmosphere, but you feel right at home and would love to spend hours in this restaurant resembling a cosy living room. Comfy leather chairs, a fine collection of trouvailles, a couple of books and in the distance, the soft rippling of the North Sea. In short, exactly what you need to relax in an instant.
Although we hesitate for a moment – because the menu features many tempting dishes – we eventually decided to go for the traditional cuisine, which perfectly matches our heavenly spot on the sun-drenched terrace. We have chosen a € 37 Bib Gourmand menu consisting of delicious shrimp croquettes and Ostend fish soup as a starter, followed by perfectly cooked soles, accompanied by crispy French fries and homemade mayonnaise. At the end of the evening, the magical sunset was the icing on the cake.
Albert I-Promenade 68
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Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Travelling by car?
Park your car at the Ostend Casinocar park (fees apply).
Travelling by public transport?
Take the tram and get off at the Marie-Joséplein stop.