Serves meat, vegan options available. Eatery offering a changing weekly menu, which includes vegan starters, main dishes, and desserts. Menu is updated weekly on the website. Open Wed-Sat 18:00-22:30, Thu-Sat 12:00-14:30. Closed Sun-Tue.

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13 Reviews

First Review by stevenoyelle


Points +17421

05 Jul 2023

Original and delicious lunch

Update: second visit in Jan 2023. Again had a nice lunch. Vegan camembert, chickpea nuggets and hummus.
Nice food.
Didn't like the lonely caged bird in the hallway though (wasnt there previously)

Had the soup (with coconut, 6€), vegan rice paper dumplings (with shiitakes, pumpkins, cashews, ...19€) and hummus with baked mushrooms and toast (19€).
The soup came very swiftly, main dishes were a bit of a wait.

Really liked the food! And although it was hummus, it really tasted amazing bc of the mushrooms and sauce. Soup was also very good.
I love that they have other dishes than burgers and bowls, and they also change the menu regularly.
There was also vegan dame blanche on the menu but we were stuffed. (Also a vegan appetizer with vegan camembert).

Very nice atmosphere. Relaxed. Cosy. Very friendly service. Restaurant room is not accessible - steps to get in (maybe one can enter via the large terrace at the back).
Only one toilet, not accessible.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-03



Points +216

27 Apr 2023

Zeer lekker

Gezellig restaurant. Leuk ingericht. Meerdere vegan opties voor voorgerecht, hoofdgerecht en dessert. Staat ook duidelijk op de kaart.
Ook lekkere huisgemaakte ice tea.

Eten was ook echt heel lekker. En toch een gezondere optie dan frieten of burger.

Vriendelijke bediening. Bij mooi weer ook een leuke ruïne stadstuin waar je kan zitten.

Pros: Heel lekker eten, Vegan dessert, Gezellig

Sandra Geerts

Points +61

08 Apr 2023

Friendly service, some vegan options

When we visited they had 4 vegan options on the menu.
One starter was sold out, one main was a veggie pasta that could be made vegan by switching pasta to rice. The other mail was a curry with rice. So vegans have basically two options with rice.
It isn’t that difficult to get vegan pasta, so I don’t understand that way of thinking.
Not so happy either with the non vegan milk and cookies served with our coffee.

Pros: Friendly service

Cons: Basic cuisine, Noisy


Points +303

09 Mar 2023

Pricey but tasty

The chef was willing to adapt meals wherever possible.
Very helpful staff especially with translation.

Pros: Options for vegetarians and vegans., Helpful staff who will adapt meals to your taste., Fabulous surroundings, very popular.

Cons: Pricey but seemed normal for Belgium.


Points +43

Mostly Veg
09 Nov 2022

Vegan options

Zalig sfeer en vriendelijke mensen.

Pros: Vegan tapas - altijd lekker , Vegan maaltijden

Cons: Niet altijd de best vegan maaltijd , Soms lang wachten


Points +2634

10 May 2022


Excellent place, with a nice uqiet garden in the back.
The menu changes weekly and, as I understood, always has 2 vegan options. When I was there is was a curryand a houmous toast - which is not the most creative - yet it was flawless.

Pros: the garden

Cons: you might want to book a table in advance


Points +506

12 Nov 2021

Delicious lunch in a cosy place

I had the vegan weekly suggestion (which is clearly labeled on the menu): falafels with couscous and houmous. It was delicious and everything looked homemade. The place is very cosy and nicely decorated, we spent and amazing moment. Only the service is a little bit slow but we were not in a hurry, so this was not a problem for us.


Points +62

12 Sep 2021

Lekkere vegan opties

Gezellig restaurantje met wekelijks een ander menu en altijd 1 vegan optie. Hele vriendelijke eigenaars

Updated from previous review on 2021-06-20

Pros: 1 vegan optie en wisselend menu

Cons: Soms trage bediening maar nog altijd de moeite


Points +30

22 Aug 2021

Gezellig, vriendelijk en lekker!

Maandelijks kun je ons terug vinden in ‘Den Olifant’, weekelijks wordt het menu aangepast met een vegan en veggie optie.


Points +284

01 Aug 2021

Decent place

If no other options, this is ok. Restaurant also serves meat/fish

Updated from previous review on 2021-08-01

Pros: Nice location, Friendly staff, Not expensive

Cons: Long waiting for a simple dish, Menu changes often and not always for the better, Personal opinion: bland taste


Points +63

25 Jul 2021

Vegan rijstschotel met falafel

Weer heerlijk ontspannen gegeten en echt lekker.

Updated from previous review on 2021-07-04

Pros: Smeuïge rijstschotel met paddestoelen , Geen standaard Falafelballetjes maar echt lekkere


Points +137

19 Jun 2021


Gezellig restaurant met elke week een andere vegan maaltijd. Vriendelijke uitbater en personeel. Dicht bij de markt van Ieper. Prachtig terras. Zeker een aanrader.

Cosy restaurant with a new vegan option every week. Friendly owner and staff. Beautiful to sit outside. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Different vegan option each week


Points +19

07 Aug 2020

Beautiful place, good price, lovely dishes!

Den olifant lays close to the city center. Has a fix vegan option and a weekly different vegan option... Aside from this they also have some vegetarian options...
The place looks great, is very cozy and the owners are very friendly!
The food is delicious!

Pros: Different vegan options, Good price, Lovely staff

Cons: not always very fast because of fresh dishes, Only open from Wednesday to Sunday

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