St. Nicolas (Ypres)
The 2 Michelin star restaurant St. Nicolas is located in rural Elverdinge, near Ypres in Belgium.Established in a traditional villa with a patio and a small pond, the hosts welcome guests in a warm but traditional environment. The owners also offer accommodation in another villa nearby.
Chef Franky Vanderhaeghe and his wife Sandra Nys run St. Nicolas. The chef pays tribute to taste and respects his regional products. He cooks in a traditional way and emphasizes classical French preparations.
We had a 3-course promotion menu consisting of 3 small amuses, a fish dish, a meat dish and a dessert. We were a little bit disappointed in the level of innovation and creativity: for a 2 star restaurant, we expected more special flavors, better ingredients and more innovative preparation techniques.
We received a Kirr with the menu and 2 matching wines. The Kirr was a little bit too sweet to start our menu and unfortunately we did not receive information about the used wine for this aperitif. Quality of the wines was good, but we did not take any other notes.
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
As we only had a small promotion menu, we cannot comment on the normal full menu. We were a bit disappointed with the dishes we received, but we’re sure there is a lot of potential and we hope we can return soon to try the full menu.
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 7/10
– Wine Pairing Buds 6/10
– Price/Quality Buds 6.5/10
– Service Buds 7/10
– Experience Buds 6.5/10