Hof van Cleve – wonders
The Benelux region is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and one of the very best is Hof van Cleve. The restaurant, owned and managed by Chef Patron Peter Goossens and Lady of the House Lieve Goossens, is located in a farmhouse in Kruishoutem. This small and picturesque town is located a short drive from Ghent, on the outskirts of West Flanders. A surprising location for a world-class restaurant, yet food-lovers from everywhere in the world find their way to this brilliant restaurant. Upon entering the property, one is immersed into a world of peace, luxury and finesse. The interior is bright and comfortable, with spacious tables, modern artworks and luxurious materials coming from Belgian artisans whenever possible. The beautiful terrace is the ideal spot for the start or the end of your meal on warmer days.
Chef Patron Peter and his wife Lieve Goossens founded Hof van Cleve back in 1987 and have earned most of the highest recognitions and accolades in the gastronomic world. Before opening Hof Van Cleve, Peter Goossens worked at some of the best restaurants like the Parisian Pré Catelan. The Chef Patron has become world famous for his culinary talent and profound love for quality products. His cooking style has roots in the traditional French and Belgian cuisine, but with influences from other regions such as Asia as well. Peter Goossens’ cuisine is all about the perfect balance between classic and contemporary elements and between creativity and intensity. The cooking is always on a very high-end level and all that is served makes sense. Flavour depth is key and each flavour remains recognisable for your taste buds, creating dishes that are pure, warm and simply delicious.
The Flemish people have always been huge food lovers and the location of the region is ideal with all sorts of produce nearby, as well as a constant supply of gastronomic inspirations. Chef Patron Peter Goossens is one of the few chefs that entirely optimises this advantage, using only the best products he can find. Indeed, at Hof Van Cleve, it is all about the product. Only the very best products of the highest quality available are used, and products are prepared in a recognisable, pure manner. Dishes like the native oyster preparations excel in flavour, delicate finesse, and let you discover how a perfect oyster should taste like. The preparation of the Oosterschelde lobster could be defined as the perfect lobster dish. This kind of lobster is a delicacy from the pure waters of the Oosterschelde and the chef serves it with morels, peas, sea lavender, a flan of bisque and a velouté of dune asparagus.
Guest can choose from a carefully crafted à la carte menu, with classic dishes like the frog legs from ‘les dombes’ with bellota, parsley and m’hamsa, or the amazing grilled turbot with spinach, lobster béarnaise and bouillabaisse puree. There are also three menus available, including a full vegetarian option. These menus are an excellent choice to get a full impression of the Chef's sophisticated cooking style.
The service at Hof Van Cleve, led by Lady of the House Lieve, is impeccable and extremely professional. The team serves the guests with an eye for every detail and nothing is too much to create a memorable meal for every guest. Head Sommelier Mathieu Vanneste dares to think outside the box and surprises the guests with different and appealing wine pairings. In addition, several special artisan beers are also served and it is not a big surprise that the wine list is fantastic, with amazing references from all big houses.
Hof van Cleve is about perfection in the form of some of the most delicious food available in the world. From the impressive amuse bouches parade, to the equally impressive petits fours chariot, every single serving will create a big smile on your face. Expect to eat some of the best products you will ever taste, served with respect for the ingredients and prepared in a way that truly focuses on flavour. Hof van Cleve is one of the very best restaurants in the world, so do make the effort to make the journey to Kruishoutem. You will not regret it.
Hof van Cleve scored 94 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
By Andy, Frank, Sven & Adriaan
Hof van Cleve
Phone: +32 9 383 58 48