Dining at Dageraadplaats (Zurenborg)

Dageraadplaats is a big square in the Zurenborg neighborhood. It hosts about 20 bars and restaurants. The wide variety of establishment attracts a mixed audience. Ranging from alternative artists to young parents, to businessmen and students. Dageraadplaats offers something for everyone. The street plan and the atmosphere make it a unique spot in Antwerp. Therefor, popularity of the neighborhood has reached new heights.

Three restaurants on Dageraadplaats highlighted

Dining at Dageraadplaats means first having to choose between many different styles of food. To help you narrow down your choices, let me highlight three restaurants to consider.

1. Primo

A Plate of meatballpasta at restaurant Primo

Primo is an Italian restaurant that specializes in simple, yet tasty pasta. Don’t expect a fancy plate. It’s just good honest food. Suggestions change regularly.

Primo caters to people wanting a quick bite as well as people looking to wine and dine. For the latter, they offer many appetizers, entrees and a few dessert choices. The interior is serene white.

In summer, you can enjoy your meal on a cosy outside terrace. Beware, tables on the terrace are placed very close to each other. You might want to get a seat somewhere at the edge. Otherwise you might listen in on conversation to the right and left of you.

Waiters are friendly, but sometimes somewhat forgetful. Price-wise the restaurant is very affordable, although some items on the menu are priced too high. However, Primo is a solid choice for good and budget-friendly Italian food.

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www.primo-antwerpen.be

2. May’s: French & Thai restaurant

May’s is named after their Thai female cook who prepares both Belgian and Asian food. As far as I’m concerned, the Thai options are great. I’ve tried one of the suggestions on two occasions and they have not let me down. Service also met expectations.

On sunshiny days May’s is also a good option for a drink before or after diner. They have a big outside terrace that’s oriented just perfect for enjoying the evening sun. By the way, you can also have breakfast and lunch at May’s. It opens everyday at 10 am.

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www.mays.be

3. Ardent

A dish of crab in garlicbutter with toast served at restaurant Ardent A dish of steak served at Ardent

Ardent is one of the more fancy restaurants at Dageraadplaats. Ardent means passionate. The word absolutely describes their chef’s cooking. The chef surprises with refined French-Belgian cuisine and respect for local seasonal products.

At Ardent you have the choice between a 4-,5- or 6-course meal or ordering a la carte. Normally restaurants demand that the whole table orders the same menu. At Ardent, however, they didn’t mind at all when I ordered an entree and a main platter, while my partner had a 4-course menu.

This restaurant offers a lovely gastronomic experience with attention to detail. The crab I had, was phenomenal, both in taste and portion-size. The wine choices are excellent as well. Service is friendly and casual.

Price-wise this restaurant is in a higher class (dinner for two was about 200 euro), but it is certainly worth it, as the restaurant is surely deemed to receive a Michelin star soon.

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www.resto-ardent.be

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