For my birthday lunch we headed to Gent to eat at the 2 Michelin star Vrijmoed. Koen and I were both really excited to try the vegetarian menu, which was awarded Best Veggie Menu Benelux 2016 and 2017 by Gault Millau. And of course we ordered an extra dessert – the Stilton “sorbet” which was awarded dessert of the year 2017 by Gault Millau. So many award winning dishes to taste!

A bit of background from the Vrijmoed website:

Michaël Vrijmoed can be described as a chef from the new generation trained by his earlier mentors including Guy Van Cauteren “’t Laurierblad” and Peter Goossens “Hof Van Cleve”.

In his restaurant situated in the centre of the lively city of Ghent, he offers a contemporary cuisine bursting with dynamism, his own signature and pure flavours.

A young, driven and talented team supports him!

Eight months after the opening of in 2013, the restaurant already obtained a michelin ster. In 2015, Gault & Millau honoured Vrijmoed with the title of “young top chef of Flanders” and in 2016-2017 the restaurant has the honour to hold the title of “Beste veggie menu Benelux” from Gault-Millau.



Burrata with tomato sorbet on the left; scallion soup on the right



Cauliflower soup on the left, hummus on the right



Grilled zucchini with avocado and wild garlic



Chioggia salad with beets and pomegranate



Shallots gratin with hazelnut and cherries



Birthday girl




Baked portobello with green tea and pine, served with a mini mushroom toast



Stilton “sorbet” which was awarded Dessert of the Year 2017 by Gault Millau



Excited to try the stilton sorbet




First dessert – Spinach with white chocolate and citrus – very delicious!



Enjoying my spinach dessert



Apricot with almonds and amaroula (a cream liqueur from Zimbabwe made with the fruit of the marula tree)



Birthday surprise – dame blanche from the chef!

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