Thursday, June 6, 2013

Komkommertijd, Gent Belgium

Location: Reep 14, 9000 Gent, Belgium

We took a long weekend in Belgium recently and we arrived on a public holiday. I had forgotten that it was a public holiday and most places on my list of places to eat were closed. Thankfully Komkommertijd was open as we were super hungry. It is a buffet place so we could eat as much as we wanted.

I tried a little bit of almost everything. First up (clockwise from the top left) mini spring rolls. I didn't think you could really mess spring rolls up too much, but somehow they managed to make them not very good. Really there was basically nothing inside them so it was just deep fried spring roll wrapper, which was unfortunate. Next up fried onions. This was really greasy, but very tasty. The batter was nicely spiced and it was really good. Then there were stuffed mushrooms which I didn't try as I hate mushrooms, but Raymond said they were okay. Then there was a potato, carrot, and some other vegetable that I was not familiar with in a milky mixture. It was not that good. The sauce whatever it was didn't really have much flavor so it didn't add anything to it. The vegetables were also undercooked  so the potatoes and mystery vegetable were not good. Next a rice dish - basically rice and peas and flavoring. The flavors were very light, but tasty. Then a carrot, broccoli and pepper dish which was one of my favorites of the meal. It was slightly sweet, and had a very nice flavor. Last is a bean dish, a little spicy a little sweet. Unfortunately the beans were not rehydrated fully and were still kind of hard so it was not as good as it could have been. I would have enjoyed it a lot more had it been cooked fully.

That was it for the hot dishes. Cold dishes included pesto pasta which was pretty good. Not the best I have ever had, but my favorite thing they served here. There was also some lettuce and two dressings to make a salad.

There were also some roasted vegetables which were just not good. They were oily and just not good. There was also some carrot salad which I did not try, and a cucumber salad which was not good. I don't know what the flavor was, but I did not like it at all. Then some small containers of nuts and such to put on the salad. There was also some soup, which I forgot to take a photo of. It was like sun choke or something, I couldn't quite place all the flavors but it was tasty enough.

Then for dessert there was cherry chocolate nut cake. This was just alright. It was very moist, but not very sweet and didn't have much flavor.

Overall - I was not very impressed with Komkommertijd. There were undercooked dishes and some that just were not good. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't very good either. I wouldn't make a point to stop back here.

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