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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

Hof Van Cleve

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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