Our choice of ‘t Zilte for our November tradition (we were at The Jane in 2022) with friends and Isabelle is truly remarkable, as it stands as a pinnacle of culinary excellence with its multiple prizes and coveted 3 Michelin stars. The restaurant’s commitment to a unique design, blending wooden interior elements and earthy tones in harmony, creates an inviting atmosphere that complements the characterful setting.
Perched on the top floor of the MAS – Museum on the “Eilandje” of Antwerp, ‘t Zilte offers more than just a dining experience; it provides a sensory journey. The marine setting of the city, influenced by the Scheldt River, adds an extra layer to the evening, allowing you to feel the connection to the natural environment. Even before entering the restaurant, the surroundings offer a preview of the unique experience that awaits, making each visit a truly immersive and memorable occasion. May your upcoming dinner at ‘t Zilte be filled with culinary delights, shared laughter, and the joy of tradition in a setting that reflects the essence of Antwerp’s maritime charm.
In the heart of Antwerp, ‘t Zilte emerges as a culinary sanctuary, where each dish is a masterpiece, meticulously crafted to elevate the senses.
This started with fantastic appetizers and tasty bread.
The culinary symphony begins with the Scallop, a delicate dance of flavors featuring Jerusalem artichoke, veal, porcini, and the exotic touch of Buddha’s hand, setting the tone for an extraordinary gastronomic journey.
The crescendo continues with the Imperial Heritage Caviar Oscietra, a regal composition of lacquered poultry, abalone, apricot miso, and corn. Each bite unfolds a tale of opulence, as the interplay of textures and tastes creates a harmonious balance that lingers on the palate.
As the epicurean voyage progresses, the Monkfish takes center stage, accompanied by squid, eggplant, X.O. sauce, and caper leaf. This dish exemplifies the chef’s mastery, seamlessly blending diverse elements into a culinary masterpiece that transcends expectations.
The aroma of White Truffle permeates the air, heralding the arrival of a dish that marries walnut, salsify, egg yolk, and Vin Jaune. A tribute to indulgence, this creation showcases the chef’s ability to transform simple ingredients into a sublime experience.
Sweetbread follows suit, a sensory delight that weaves together lobster, ratte potato, black curry, and bouillabaisse. The juxtaposition of flavors is a testament to the chef’s ingenuity, turning each component into a harmonious symphony of taste.
The Wild Duck, adorned with beetroot, turnip, malt, and fermented cherry, unfolds as a culinary canvas, where every element plays a crucial role in creating an unforgettable gastronomic masterpiece. The dish resonates with innovation, tradition, and a touch of avant-garde.
Fontainebleau arrives as a sweet interlude, a finale that captivates with raspberry, agastache, pomelo, and anaperitivo. The dessert is a poetic conclusion to a culinary narrative that celebrates the finest ingredients and culinary artistry.
The grand finale, Manjari, beckons with yuzu, sesame, sea salt, and parsnip. This chocolatey epiphany is a testament to ‘t Zilte’s commitment to pushing boundaries, marrying unexpected elements to create a dessert that transcends the ordinary.
In each dish, ‘t Zilte unveils a narrative that goes beyond mere sustenance, embodying a culinary philosophy that embraces creativity, precision, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. With each plate, ‘t Zilte doesn’t just serve a meal; it crafts an immersive experience, leaving an indelible mark on the discerning palate.
In the heart of Antwerp, ‘t Zilte not only tantalizes taste buds with its Michelin-starred cuisine but elevates the entire dining experience through service that defines the highest standards of excellence. From the moment we stepped through the door until our final farewell, each interaction was imbued with a genuine warmth and conducted with a touch of French finesse.
What sets ‘t Zilte apart is not just the culinary prowess but the personal touch provided by the chef’s own family. The luxury of being served by the chef’s wife, daughter, and son-in-law added a familial charm to our gastronomic journey. Their attentive service, always delivered with a smile, transformed the evening into an intimate affair, where every detail was considered.
The impeccable service extended beyond mere formality. The chef’s family actively participated in enhancing our experience by generously sharing insights into the dishes. With passion and knowledge, they guided us through the menu, providing hints and tips that elevated our appreciation of each course. It wasn’t just a meal; it was a guided tour through a culinary landscape, making every bite a revelation.
From the artfully crafted appetizers to the divine sweet treats accompanying our coffee, each moment was met with a resounding WOW effect. The seamless choreography of service and gastronomy left an indelible mark, creating a dining experience that transcends the ordinary and lingers in the memory.
In the realm of ‘t Zilte, service is not a transaction; it’s a symphony, with each note played to perfection by the chef’s family. As we departed, satiated and inspired, we carried with us not only the flavors of an exceptional meal but the warmth of hospitality that turned an evening into a cherished memory. ‘t Zilte, where service is an art form, and every guest is treated to a masterpiece.