Although I already had a couple of nice “welcome home” meals lined up for when I got back to the UK, De Superette in Ghent marked the final meal abroad for me on this splendid and lengthy trip I’ve enjoyed so very much.
Based in an old grocery store, the set-up reminded me instantly of a blend of Bæst and Franklin with a massive wood-fired baking rig behind counter seating and an open dining space. It felt like a highly creative space for cooking.
Their menu has sharing plates to start followed by pizza main courses. This sounded like a splendid idea to me.
I opened with a dish of carrots with orange, sesame and yoghurt. The humble carrot has been the runaway winner of best ingredient I’ve eaten on my travels. There have been so many outstanding uses of the orange (although sometimes purple or yellow or white) beastie that they are too many to list. This fresh and satsifying opener was another one.
I then had a dish of whole barbecued mackerel with young turnips. The oily fresh was beautifully cooked with a good char to the skin and deeply flavourful flesh. It was excellent.
The pizza to follow was right up there with Bæst as the best I’ve been served on the trip. The dough was pillowy light yet retained good chew while the simple topping of tomato, mozzarella, basil and garlic was spot on.
With their outstanding sourdough bread always close at hand to mop up any final sauce splatters, this was an excellent final note for my global symphony.
Overall, De Superette is a truly splendid place. I was completely charmed by it and would happily dine here twice a week if proximity allowed. It’s one of many must-visits when you come to Ghent which I urge you to do at your earliest convenient opportunity.
Blythe scores De Superette
4.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: carrots, mackerel, pizza
I drank: Carpano Antica, Saison Dupont, sparkly water,
I wore: maroon shirt
Total bill: €55