The House of Eliott is now Maison Elza – Ghent

‘The House of Eliott’ is now ‘Maison Elza‘. No more dinners but breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea with homemade scones instead! Open from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Same cosy interior but a different approach! We haven’t tried it yet, but if we do, we will surely write about it!

Aaaah Happy places. Yes this time we definitely visited a happy place, it made us smile and happy anyway. It was a surprise, since this time Neil had made the reservation for a restaurant, and I was smart enough not to ask any questions. ( Yes I managed to suppress my curiosity!) We walked from our hotel in Ghent towards the Gravensteen. We took a drink in the bar next to the restaurant since we were a bit early. The bar ‘Club Reserva’ is also a music bar with daily live music in the cellar. Some people having a drink in the bar were waiting for the live performance downstairs. The bar is in a brown jazzy style, but seems to miss a bit in atmosphere. But it was good enough to have a drink and talk a little. At 8 PM we entered  ‘The House of Eliott’, which Neil offered as an early birthday dinner (one month in advance, but this also meant I was having a very prolonged birthday party this year, so no complaints!)

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We could choose between a table already free downstairs or wait five minutes for a table upstairs. The upstairs seemed lighter and a bit more attractive, so we decided to wait five minutes in the ‘Salon’ in front of the bar when you enter. We took the time to take in the surroundings, which are lavishly decorated in a nostalgic twenties style, a bit bohemian and burlesque, with a fascination for Chanel (so pearls everywhere). After five minutes we were taken to a romantic table with leopard seats. A lot of lobster on the menu, and I love lobster, so no worries there. There were two menus (Menu Eliott and market Menu) and we chose the shorter one (market Menu), with half a lobster as starter and half a lobster as a main course, and a dessert after. And half a bottle of white wine. We received bread while waiting, together with pepper, salt, oil and butter and a small pot with fresh herbs with some scissors to cut onto the bread. Really cute and delicious, especially the virgin olive oil was of very good quality. (and you can really win me over with these kind of original and tasty ideas ). We were also brought an appetizer with fresh grey shrimp and cauliflower cappuccino. The hosts are hip, charming and very friendly. They obviously love their job and the restaurant they are running. The music is in the same twenties style and ads to the warm atmosphere.

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The first lobster was very succulent and the combination with green asparagus, rucola and Italian cheese original and refreshing, without drowning out the tasty lobster. We ate the lobster till there was nothing to suck out anymore! We got some cucumber sorbet in between and after that our second half lobster with white asparagus Flemish style, on sea lavender ( a vegetable that looks a bit like spinach). It was Flemish style with a twist and with a poached egg on top! Besides lobster I also adore white asparagus, and again the cook really knows what he is doing. The lobsters are really fresh, combined with high quality ingredients and prepared with love for the product.

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We went for the favourite dessert of chef Tom, based on strawberries in different preparations, I believe there was white chocolate mousse and some strawberry sponge cake, and a lot of fresh strawberries. I think I should remember this meal for my last supper (should I ever have to choose one, god forbid!), since it includes most of my favourite ingredients: lobster, white asparagus and strawberries. We combined it with a coffee to end in style. This restaurant takes the coveted first place on Tripadvisor for restaurants Ghent, and they more than deserve it! Go and feel happy!

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Address:
Jan Breydelstraat 36, 9000 Gent
09 225 21 28

Open
Thursday from 6 pm, Friday to Monday from 12 to 2 pm and 18pm to…. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday