Fine Dining in
Estaminet "L' Hazewinde"
Just twenty miles from the Belgian
town of Poperinge lies the tiny village of Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel. Nextdoor to the Estaminet that we
will review, the
an artisan bakery. Here
you find the most delicious breads and the "apple flambée"
that is on the neighbours menu.
Estaminet "L" Hazewinde"is a
genuine Flemish restaurant, situated in a picturesque old farmhouse. A proud Flemish Lion adorns the facade, wreathed
with hop flowers. Hop
that is used to brew beer, and is still grown in the region around
The manager of "L" Greyhound "used
to work as a sommelier at L'HUITRIERE" in Lille. It still shows in the exquisite
wine list. But
as in all Flemish Estaminet, the beer here is also largely represented.
order bottles of Trois Monts, Maredsous, Saint-Omer and Saint-Bernard,
but also a L'Hazewinde amber on tap.
The menu offers a choice of
delicious dishes. Besides
the aforementioned "tarte flambée" there is "potjevleesch"
and "tartiflette au mont de cats" on the menu.
A local apritif is the "Amer
Picon", a bitter liqueur based on orange peel. There are two kinds: Picon Vin
Blanc and Picon Bière. We drank a Picon Vin Blanc, where
white wine and lemon syrup is mixed with the Picon liqueur.
Next, we let us go on the
delicacies that were offered: a "tartiflette au Mont des Cats", a stew
pan with potatoes and bacon, covered with a thick layer of local grated cheese and
then oven grilled. Heavy but delicious.
The nearby Mont de Cats houses an
abbey where the monks are engaged in making a cheese that can best be
compared to the famous French "Port Salu". The orange color of the crust is
obtained by rubbing with regular brine stained with rocou. (A natural product based on Annato
seed) The cheese mass is hard and has small holes, the aging time is
less than a month.
The second dish we chose was a
variation of the classic Flemish Potjevleesch (game meat). The "Lapin façon
Potjevleesch" consisted of a rabbit leg and a nice big piece of bacon,
picked like Potjevleesch. Again, this cold dish was really great-great!
that day we had tasted the Potjevleesch of "Le Roi du Potje Vleesch"
(the king of game meat) in nearby 59270 Godewaersvelde. Beside this restaurant is also a
shop where one can buy all kind of local specialties: eg hard to find
cheeses such as "Brique the Cassel) and local beers, and of course,
their own Potjevleesch. The
prices of "Le Roi" are quite high and the taste of his game
meat is imho inferior
to the taste of the"Lapin façon game meat" of
Compared to the Potjevleesch at "Le Roi...", I would definitely call
the chef of "L'Hazewinde" the Emperor Of Potjevleesch...
Two appetizers, two main dishes and
two coffees, all for €35 (£30.00), I can hardly wait
to come back
Unfortunately there is no website for "L' Hazewinde", however,
there is a mentioning on a website hosting more French-Flemish
De Panne (BE)
november 10, 2010
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