My absolute favorite dish?
What is vol-au-vent?
What is vol-au-vent? Well, that depends on where your order it. In Belgium, it’s a round puff pastry that’s filled with a combination of chicken, mushrooms and meatballs. It also goes by the name “vidée”. Typically, restaurants serve it with fries or mashed potatoes.
You can order vol-au-vent or vidée in many Belgian restaurants or bistros. But flavor, quality and ingredients differ. As an absolute vol-au-vent-lover, it’s my duty to help you find the best place to eat vol-au-vent when visiting Antwerp.
# 1 Bistrot Miro: a creative and delicious interpretation of vol-au-vent
In 2012, chef Michael Roelants opened ‘Bistrot Miro’ together with his wife. Conceptually, Bistrot Miro is a feel-good bistro that serves popular dishes. The focus is on fresh products.
Bistrot Miro’s version of vol-au-vent is one with croutons instead of the classic biscuit. It contains large pieces of juicy chicken, white Enoki mushrooms, duck gizzards and meatballs. For a supplement of you can add baked sweetbread. It’s a creative and delicious interpretation of a vintage dish.
The fully renovated property of Bistrot Miro is located across from the beautiful Borgerhout district house on Moorkensplein. The interior features an authentic wooden floor, vintage lamps and stylish chairs. There is room for 22 couverts and another 5 at the bar next to the open kitchen.
Location: Moorkensplein 28, 2140 Borgerhout
# 2 De Pelgrim: vol-au-vent with Triple d’Anvers
The chefs at De Pelgrim guarantee super delicious and typical Flemish food. One of their best dishes is the vol-au-vent made with Triple d’Anvers, a triple beer from Antwerp. It is brewed at De Koninck, the brewery right across the street from De Pelgrim. The vol-au-vent tastes super-fresh, with big chunks of chicken and delicious meatballs. The chef serves it with French fries and salad. But feel free to replace those fries with croquets.
When the weather is right, find a table on the sunny terrace.
Location: Boomgaardstraat 6-10, 2600 Berchem
# 3 De Natie: fresh mushrooms and a homemade pastry
De Natie is situated in a refurbished warehouse close to Park Spoor Noord. It houses a nostalgically decorated café as well as a restaurant. Normally, the restaurant and café are separated by a curtain. On a slow day however, you dine in the cozy café.
De Natie is all about classic Flemish cuisine. On the menu are Belgian favorites like steak, stew and vol-a-vent. The vol-au-vent deserves all the credit. It contains big chunks of tasty chicken, well seasoned meatballs and fresh mushroom. The fluffy pastry is also home-made.
Location: Van de Wervestraat 18, 2060 Antwerpen
Did you have an awesome vol-au-vent elsewhere in Antwerp? Let me know in the comments below. I’d be happy to check it out!