Beef stew in Domus, Lovania
It is usual to summarize the Belgian cuisine to mussels, french fries and beer. A trip to Flanders will make you discover through its dishes a much more varied cuisine in a country that has looked more at its French neighbors than at its fellow European centers. Let's say that in Flanders they are able to search the sophisticated French touch with German abundance and that, without a doubt, is a winning combination for many.
In good weather or not, you will see quite crowded restaurants in cities like Leuven, Ghent or Mechelen. If the sun accompanies the terraces overflow with good atmosphere and beers proliferate along with the typical dishes of the region. Flamingos like to go out for lunch or dinner in restaurants and that helps the proliferation of establishments that play with the traditional culinary base as well as touches of modernity in the dishes.
Steamed mussels in Chez Leontine, Ghent
As everybody knows, French fries are a Belgian classic that you will see very frequently in Flanders alone or accompanied by their second main course: the mussels. The difference in how fries are made in Belgium is that they use vegetable or animal oil at 160 degrees for a while, then take them out to drain and then fry them a second time. That causes them to be more crispy.
Fresh oysters in Pakhius, Ghent