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Thursday Treat: Ricardo’s Odeon

Ricardos_Odeon_starterAfter a few years of closure, the Odeon theater/club reopened with a new food concept in their basement. Former chef of Neva at the Hermitage, Ricardo van Ede, cooks what comes up to him with the available fresh ingredients of the day.

This means there’s no menu, but you can expect high quality food on your plate, as chef Ricardo earned a Michelin star at the beginning of his career when he was just 21. After working for restaurants in Belgium, Luxemburg, London, Wales and Amsterdam he is now at the helm of his own venue where he unleashed his sturdy touch on the dishes he serves. Though the now 52 year old, overly tattooed and white bearded chef looks a bit rough on the edges, his cuisine –which he names ‘rough’ as well– is nice to the tastebuds.
Van Ede only wants the best ingredients –he’s a firm adept of ‘farm to table’ food– so he even created his perfect bread in collaboration with the ‘Vlaamsch Broodhuys’.


He is a passionate cook for sure. And welcoming. It’s up to the guest to just have a glass of wine, a 3-course diner or an entire food fest. When local TV AT5 asked him what he prefers about his job he answered: “The murmur of people enjoying their evening.”

Our table was pretty quiet while eating…and we were there for a presslunch. So this can only mean we enjoyed every bite. We started speaking again when the cute pink chocolate piglets accompanying the tea and coffee came to the table. Nothing ‘rough’ about that.

For more information and table bookings click here.

Ricardo’s Odeon
Singel 460

Wednesday to Saturday 6 pm – 11 pm
Sunday 3 pm – 11 pm




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