Visiting Hasselt on a public holiday when many businesses were closed meant that the pickings were slim when it came time for lunch. But a lucky stumble onto the restaurant-lined Zuivelmarkt presented us with a range of promising options. And De Goie Goesting immediately caught my eye. With it’s large outdoor terrace and sophisticated candle-lit table settings, I just knew this would be somewhere I could happily spend a few hours enjoying a glass or two of wine over a nice meal. And what a lovely meal it was.
With an extensive menu offering not only à la carte options but also a variety of set menus and degustation suggestions, we were really spoilt for choice. While Merv perused the menu, I eyed the surrounding tables to help me decide what to order. I spotted some beautiful-looking dishes that helped me eventually decide to go with two ‘degustation plates’ – smaller versions of the main menu items that allow you to try a few different dishes in place of a single larger serving.
The salad of buffalo mozzarella with fig, Parma ham, rocket and basil tasted as beautiful and delicate as it looked. The melt-in-the-mouth prosciutto was perfectly complemented by a combination of both fresh and dried figs that sat on a bed of fresh and creamy mozzarella. The white halibut that followed was just as delicate, served with a risotto of shellfish and basil oil. The battered and fried salicornia (sea pickle) was a first for me, and added great texture to the dish.
With dishes like these, it’s no wonder De Goie Goesting comes recommended by the Michelin Guide. I only wish we’d managed to fit in dessert. The chocolate fondant with walnut ice cream will just have to wait until next time!
The first thing that struck me about De Goei Goesting was the vast selection of dishes. With so many choices that sounded so good it was hard to decide what to order. The degustation selection of tasting plates was right up my alley – no need to choose between fish and steak, I could have them both! But not before I devoured the delicious pork rillette that accompanied the bread…
I started with the baked cod fillet served with stewed endives, chanterelle mushrooms, potato puree and mustard sauce. When it arrived at the table I was impressed. I had expected a tiny serving for this tasting plate but instead I was greeted with a decent sized piece of beautifully baked fish. The stewed endives and mustard sauce were stunning too, adding a subtle sweetness that brought the whole dish together perfectly.
This was followed by a Black Angus beef tenderloin with a black pepper sauce and French fries – this is probably one of the fanciest looking steak-frites I’ve had. It too was generous in size and looked so inviting on the plate. The steak was grilled a perfect medium-rare, just as I had ordered, and the frites weren’t bad either, served in a paper cone on the side in typical Belgian style. I would have loved to have a bit more of the delicious pepper sauce!
I’m glad so many other restaurants were closed for the public holiday or else we might not have ventured into this gem. This restaurant delivers delicious, sophisticated food tailored to your appetite, and with their versatile degustation menu concept, there really is something for everyone.
De Goei Goesting
Zuivelmarkt 18, 3500 Hasselt