A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a new restaurant in Antwerp. I was strolling along the old part of the town and was first attracted by a vintage design shop opposite. When I turned around I saw a sign that said 'Native' written on the window of a house with beautiful tiled floors. I could hear a little tummy grumble. Just in time to try a new lunch spot.
Native is a new wholefood restaurant close to one of the nicest streets in Antwerp (Kloosterstraat). It's not a vegetarian restaurant, although there are lots of seasonal vegetables on the menu but the chef has chosen to only work with local produce that is wholesome and organic.
There is a nice choice of sandwiches and salads for lunch. It was a toss up between the lentil paté with bacon, the hummus and almond grilled chicken and the red beet tapenade on grilled goat cheese. The last one won this time but I will be back to taste the others too. Native is also open in the evening and then the menu changes to vegetables stews, organic meat dishes and fruit based desserts.
I couldn't decide what to drink with my sandwich. I didn't fancy any of the organic juices although they looked nice, so I went for a beer, which is unusual for me. I didn't regret it because the white Maya beer worked really well with the earthy flavours of the red beet. On the menu are three beers from Jessenhofke brewery, a smaller artisan brewery from the Hasselt region.
Native is the kind of restaurant that was missing in Antwerp and I really hope people will find this little side street that is a bit hidden. Native is definitely worth a try.