With the locals feasting on the likes of Moulle, Frites, Waffles, Crepes, and lots of lots of Beer, who has the time for a "Healthy Meal"?!
Quite luckily I came upon reading a review on a restaurant named 'Reliva'; Where the food comes in all shapes and sizes to satisfy and please any appetite or dietary need!
Reliva first opened their doors in October of 2012, and the unique name is derived from Re = Restaurant, Li = the first 2 letters of the chef's name Lien, and Va = for the first 2 letters of the chef's last name Vandeputte.
1. Courgette chutney met avocado
2. Carpaccio van coeur de boeuf
3. Vegan lasagne van zomerse groenten
4. Chocolademousse 'Raw'
My favorite was of course the Lasagne course (there's a reason they call me Tanya Lasagne!)
Freshly made noodles, perfectly cooked summer veggies, meaty bits of TVP (textured vegetable protein), and a very delicious sauce.
I thoroughly enjoyed each and every bite of this generous helping!
This was one of my the best entrees that I had on this 3+ week trip!!
It was no surprise to find out that Lien started her love for cooking at the young age of 10 years old, cooking Italian food along side of her parents (who also shared a love for cooking), and with her father being of Italian decent, it's no wonder that Italian food is still so close to her heart!
The dessert course was a "Raw Chocolate Mousse". Something that our server, 28 year old Brecht Blomme explained that the chef (his girlfriend), has been working on for over a year. Tweaking the recipe and that it has evolved into something very special!
After dinner, we had some lengthily conversation with our friendly server, who gave us much of the history of the building, as well as Lien's future plans and dreams for Revila.
In addition they also offer Belgian beers Belgian wines of high quality.
It also happens that this sweet, young, and talented couple also reside onsite. They live on the 2nd level of this same 1452 building and every Thursday-Monday for both lunch and dinner services they are there pouring their hearts and souls into making each visit something healthy, memorable, and delicious!
With the warm atmosphere, great food, and wonderful service, you certainly don't want pass up on this one! Stop in and tell Brecht & Lien, that we said "hello!"
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