Hof Van Cleve

Having only two nights to spend in Belgium, I knew I didn’t want to stay in Brussels and that I would have to choose my meals carefully. This short but intense food trip proved that some of the best culinary treasures and talents lie outside the metropolitan areas.

The challenge was that most restaurants on my list were located about an hour away from each other. I decided to spend one night in Bruges and one night near Ghent. Lunch was at Bistro Bruut and Willem Hiele. Dinners were at Hertog Jan and Hof Van Cleve. My meals were “four for four” and left such an impression that I am always adding to my Belgium list for next time.


Hof Van Cleve has been awarded three Michelin stars consecutively each year since 2005. Chef Peter Goossens’ culinary contributions include regional cuisine that pays respect to the seasons. Hof Van Cleve supports local Belgian artisans in that the plates, glasses, knives, chairs, artwork, chairs, linens and the drapes are made by local Belgian artists. On my way out, the staff handed me booklets featuring the Belgian artists whose pieces I asked about at dinner.

Surrounded completely by farms and fields, Hof Van Cleve restaurant serves some of the finest, high-level Belgian cuisine anywhere.

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The Entrance

The property is in the country surrounded by farms and fields.
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Perfectly-manicured entrance
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Starter courses on the patio while choosing between different tasting menus and an array of supplemental specialty dishes.
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2011 Ambonnay Grand Cru Rosé, Montagne de Reims, Ambonnay
Supplemental courses at Hof Van Cleve
Supplemental courses at Hof Van Cleve
Tasting menu options at Hof Van Cleve
Tasting menu options at Hof Van Cleve

Starters

Grapefuit, carrot, pepper, 'timut'
Grapefruit, carrot, pepper, ‘timut’
Grapefuit, carrot, pepper, 'timut'
Grapefruit, carrot, pepper, ‘timut’
Red Pepper, soja burrata and Skate WIng, bimi, houmous.
Red Pepper, soja burrata and Skate Wing, bimi, houmous
Wagyu, basil, cottage cheese.
Wagyu, basil, cottage cheese
Sprot, vadouvan, turnip cabbage
Sprot, vadouvan, turnip cabbage
Chicken Liver, cherry, red beetroot
Chicken Liver, cherry, red beetroot
Chicken Liver, cherry, red beetroot
Chicken Liver, cherry, red beetroot
Squid, miso, black garlic
Squid, miso, black garlic
Squid, miso, black garlic
Squid, miso, black garlic

The Restaurant

The entry at Hof Van Cleve
The entry at Hof Van Cleve
Main dining room at Hof Van Cleve.
Main dining room at Hof Van Cleve. The linens, chairs, drapes all made in Belgium.
Edi Keber Collio Bianco, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Edi Keber Collio Bianco, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Cow and goat milk butter
Cow and goat milk butter
Unlimited bread
Unlimited bread
Aqua glass for still water. Clear for sparkling.
Aqua glass for still water. Clear for sparkling.
This glass piece was designed by local Belgian artst, Anna Torfs
This glass piece was designed by local Belgian artist, Anna Torfs

The Meal

Langoustine tartare
Langoustine tartare
Langoustine 'Guilvinec,' tomato, sudachi, cucumber
Langoustine ‘Guilvinec,’ tomato, sudachi, cucumber
2011 Marc Tempe Riesling Grafenreben, Alsace, France
2011 Marc Tempe Riesling Grafenreben, Alsace, France
King Crab, green peas, vin jaune (yellow wine), cauliflower, chanterelle
King Crab, green peas, vin jaune (yellow wine), cauliflower, chanterelle
2014 Francois Carillon Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy, France
2014 Francois Carillon Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy, France
Codfish 'North Sea,' leek, buttermilk, beaufort
Codfish ‘North Sea,’ leek, buttermilk, beaufort
Codfish 'North Sea,' leek, buttermilk, beaufort
Codfish ‘North Sea,’ leek, buttermilk, beaufort
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2006 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia ‘Vina Gravonia’ Crianza Blanco, Rioja DOCa, Spain
Eel 'Grevelingen,' eggplant, chicken wing, bouillabaisse
Eel ‘Grevelingen,’ eggplant, chicken wing, bouillabaisse
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Studio Pieter Stockmans Studio designs custom porcelain pieces for Hof Van Cleve, Alain Ducasse, Lanshu Chenc and Sergio Herman.
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The knives are made from a Finland birch tree, an ox from Greenland. ivory, walrus bone, and water buffalo.
Knives at Hof Van Cleve
Knives at Hof Van Cleve
Talking about the different lengths of our knives.
Talking about the different lengths of our knives.
The carbon steel knives are hand-cleaned twice a day to keep their shine.
The carbon steel knives are hand-cleaned twice a day to keep their shine.
Ivory handle
Ivory handle
2011 Nervi Gattinara DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
2011 Nervi Gattinara DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
2011 Nervi Gattinara DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
2011 Nervi Gattinara DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
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Hof Van Cleve
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Milk-Fed Veal ‘Correze,’ celeriac, chick pea, cevennes onion. Veal cheek, bone marrow
Milk-Fed Veal 'Correze,' celeriac, chick pea, cevennes onion
Milk-Fed Veal ‘Correze,’ celeriac, chick pea, cevennes onion
Milk-Fed Veal 'Correze,' celeriac, chick pea, cevennes onion
Milk-Fed Veal ‘Correze,’ celeriac, chick pea, cevennes onion
Bone marrow, veal cheek, celery
Bone marrow, veal cheek, celery

Dessert

Weinlaubenhof Kracher Burgenland, Neusiedlersee, Austria
Weinlaubenhof Kracher Burgenland, Neusiedlersee, Austria
The cheese cart at Hof Van Cleve
Cheese cart at Hof Van Cleve
Rasberry, curd, lemon, rhubarb,
Raspberry, curd, lemon, rhubarb
Rasberry, curd, lemon, rhubarb,
Raspberry, curd, lemon, rhubarb
Chocolate 'Madagascar' 67%, almond, raspberry, sea buckthorn
Chocolate ‘Madagascar’ 67%, almond, raspberry, sea buckthorn
Chocolate 'Madagascar' 67%, almond, raspberry, sea buckthorn
Chocolate ‘Madagascar’ 67%, almond, raspberry, sea buckthorn
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Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve
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With Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve
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With Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve.
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Intricate grooves like a record on this beautiful plate.
Cappucino at Hof Van Cleve
Cappuccino
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It was like Christmas, how many desserts there were to try. These came with our coffee.
2014 Pinot Gris (60%)/Pinot Blanc (40%)Santa Maria Valley
2014 Pinot Gris (60%)/Pinot Blanc (40%) Santa Maria Valley
Sweets trolley at Hof Van Cleve
Sweets trolley at Hof Van Cleve
Sweets trolley at Hof Van Cleve
Sweets trolley at Hof Van Cleve

Kitchen

Kitchen at Hof Van Cleve
Kitchen at Hof Van Cleve
Kitchen at Hof Van Cleve
Kitchen at Hof Van Cleve
Sprinking on the powdered sugar
Sprinking on the powdered sugar
Another station in the kitchen at Hof Van Cleve
Another station in the kitchen at Hof Van Cleve
Madeleines
Madeleines
Desserts in the pass at Hof Van Cleve
Desserts in the pass at Hof Van Cleve
Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve
Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve
With Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve
With Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve
Menu at Hof Van Cleve
Menu at Hof Van Cleve
One more look.
One more look.

Info

Hof van Cleve | Riemegemstraat 1, 9770 Kruishoutem, Belgium | 32 9 383 58 48

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