Gigi Il Bullo – Fuck the pasta (Antwerp)
Gigi Il Bullo is a small and cozy restaurant in the center of Antwerp. The interior is tastefully decorated with dark tables, industrial elements and beautiful photographs that are made by the chef himself.
The dining rooms offers place for 30 guests and boasts a big bar/wine cabinet where an impressive collection of natural wines is on display.
Dario Puglia is a remarkable, very friendly chef who offers a spontaneous, experimental kitchen and surprises guests with unusual ingredients and combinations.
Dario’s roots are Italian, but don’t expect to eat traditional Italian food at Gigi Il Bullo. The chef doesn’t want to be labeled and Italian ingredients are just a small part of his cooking philosophy. The best way to describe his kitchen is a no-nonsense bistro kitchen, based on pure and honest flavors where everything you eat is made in-house. Dario is also part of the Gelinaz! culinary collective, a wild bunch of worldwide cutting edge chefs that stand for an experimental, collaborative attitude and try to build a bridge between cooking and arts.
We visited Gigi Il Bullo on Sunday the 27th of October 2013 and enjoyed the ‘white-paper menu’, which gives the chef carte-blanche to prepare a selection of dishes (6 courses € 48 or 8 courses € 68). We enjoyed a playful menu with strong, natural and honest flavors where the products determined the flavors – not the seasoning or the techniques. This way we were able to (re)discover forgotten tastes and the purity of great ingredients.
Homemade charcuterie, bread and snacks
Dario and his wife present beautiful biological wines and interesting beers at fair prices. Ask the lady of the house for some help and recommendations, and let yourself be surprised.
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
Gigi Il Bullo is a breath of fresh air in the Antwerp dining scene. The atmosphere is great, the food is tasty, honest and surprising, and the chef is nothing less than an icon. A great spot for culinary night out with friends!
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 7/10
– Wine Pairing Buds 7.5/10
– Price/Quality Buds 8/10
– Service Buds 8/10
– Experience Buds 7.5/10
Gigi Il Bullo
Leopold De Waelstraat 9
+32 3 295 66 27