Devotion, that is the word that I can use to describe Thomas Verbist from restaurant ‘T leeuwekopke. Cooking, serving and cleaning, Thomas does it all himself in his restaurant and he does it all with a smile (if only there were more people like him). If this doesn’t confirm that he likes his job than what will? After years as chef on cruise ships and private yachts Thomas decided in April (this year) it was time to come ashore. You might think that because Thomas does everything alone that this might influence on the waiting time, but I can say for a fact that this wasn’t the case. ‘T leeuwekopke only has room for about 10-12 people, which allows Thomas to provide his guests with all the attention they need. This restaurant is a cozy restaurant that truly gives you an ‘at home’ feeling.
For my Fiancée it was already the 2nd time at ‘T Leeuwekopke and she told me I had to try this restaurant. I’m glad she did! We had also asked from friends of ours to accompany (Beatriz and Tim).
On the blackboard written ‘à la carte’ menu you’ll find 2 types of starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts. I don’t know it for a fact, but I think that Thomas decides every morning what he’ll put on the menu.
Back to the food! As appetizer Thomas made us a yummy pumpkin soup (you might be surprised how difficult it is to make a good soup). This was followed by some Scallops with scorzonera also known as black salsify and duck as starters. Wild seabass, deer fillet and sole as main courses. We finished with some apple pie (I looooooooooove apple pie)
We drank a 2011 Austrian Grüner Veltliner from Netzl with our starter. For our main course we went for a red 2009 Portuguese Douro wine named D4U (Douro for you).
I can only say that I’m glad I tried ‘T leeuwekopke , honnest food for an honnest price and served with a sauce of love and devotion.
Restaurant ‘T Leeuwekopke
Address: (close to the vrijdagmarkt)
Leeuwenstraat 6, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Phone n°: +32 (0)497 37 71 06