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Le Pristine

4.5 (335) $$$$ $$$$ Italian, Modern, Mediterranean


Summary: A stylish blend of Italian techniques with Dutch flair.

Le Pristine, located in a fashionable area of Antwerp, presents a unique culinary experience, merging Italian culinary techniques with the flavors of northern Belgium and the southern Netherlands. The venue boasts a stylish interior inspired by Flemish old masters, designed by Space Copenhagen. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining in the courtyard during good weather or visit the adjacent café for a more casual setting that serves pizza, pastas, and cocktails, along with natural wines from the restaurant's selection. With its modest pizza oven at the entrance, Le Pristine surprises visitors as they move further in to discover the actual dining area with an open kitchen, which is a sight worth seeing in itself. The design and decoration of the space are reason enough to visit, but the food, a hybrid kitchen with intense flavors, is the main draw. Meticulously combining ingredients and techniques from the Zeeland and Italian cuisines, the restaurant creates a flavorful repertoire with its own identity. North Sea crab, mussels, and cockles are integrated into an Italian flavor palette, and small pizzas or pizzette are turned into delicious starters meant for sharing. Veal cheek is elevated with guanciale and sage, and a classic like tiramisu is reinvented with elegant presentation. Le Pristine aims for a multisensory experience, and this dessert is a prime example of that ambition. The restaurant echoes an upscale brasserie with high ceilings, polished table service, and a hip interior that combines designer and vintage elements. In the open-plan kitchen, the team works quietly, blending Italian romanticism and seafood delights with great finesse. The cuisine is balanced, fresh, acidic, and sometimes surprising. One standout dish is the cannelloni stuffed with Eastern Scheldt lobster in a delicate white wine sauce. Diners will appreciate that all dishes are designed to be shared. Le Pristine is a world-class culinary destination and a vibrant hotspot in Antwerp.


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Lange Gasthuisstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

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