44 Reviews

First Review by JulieMarleneSimal

Good food, super quick - Edit

This was a perfect way to end our day trip to Ghent. The interior was beautiful giving an upscale appearance while the friendly staff and extremely fast service let us know that we weren’t committed to a long restaurant experience if we didn’t want to be. Overall, good food with a few good beer/wine selections, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and unbelievably quick. I definitely recommend and will return.

Pros: Fast, Friendly service, Nice atmosphere

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healthy tasty food - Edit

Worth checking, also nice place to sit and in the center

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Healthy, tasty food! - Edit

I ate here three times during my five-day stay in Ghent. Staff wear white lab coats, are pleasant and speak English. All food and drinks are organic and plant-based. There are several bowl meals, including customizable. Starters include Superseed Avocado, €5.95, which I really liked, with a crushed-seed-encrusted half-avocado on a bed of lettuce and shredded cabbage. I had a custom-made bowl meal, €9.95 – very good, hearty, healthy food, the type of thing I make at home when I have time – brown rice, soylognese sauce (mince, tomato), steamed veggies (spinach, cabbage), aioli and basil sauce. Next day I had quinoa (add €1), miso-mushroom sauce, steamed veg, turmeric onions and lemon harissa dressing. A very satisfying meal (I warmed up the leftovers for supper.) They like you to bus your own table.

Pros: The bowl meals are like home-style cooking., open all day (11:30 am - 9:00 pm, except Sundays), seedy avocado dish

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Okish food - Edit

I've been here twice so far. Once shortly after the place opened in 2015, the other a couple of weeks ago.
On both times, I left a bit underwhelmed.
The decor of the entrance room (the pharmacy like interior) is really beautiful.
The food was nice (nice springroll), the bowl was a bit bland (monotone).
The comfort (benches, stools), and the hygiene of the toilet leave to be desired (eg very dirty and wet towel).
Very busy and crowed atmosphere. Taking all these into account, ànd the fact that it is self service (and as such a bit on the expensive side for being self-service), not really impressed with Le Botaniste.
I also noticed some of the stools in the veranda seemed to be covered with leather, which is quite odd for a vegan restaurant.
In doubt to give this 2 or 3 stars, but since it is all vegan, 3 stars.
PS: Wines were said to be all vegan.

Pros: all vegan

Cons: comfort (benches, stools), close together , hygiene toilet, atmosphere (crowded, cramped)

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Nice salad bar for Lunch - Edit

It's a nice place, nice staff and good food.

There are some predefined dishes and salads (bowls), and you can also create your own plate, so you can really choose what you want to eat, in which quantity, which is great.

We had the Jeff, Pasta Il Mafioso & of course the Raw salad (with seaweed)

Overall good experience.

Pros: Nice place, Nice staff, Good food

Cons: None

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fancy vegan - Edit

Pure vegan food that is very tasty. The place's set up is a bit too theme-like and trying to be fancy/hip, but the food is delicious.

Pros: bowl portions can be made large

Cons: slightly expensive

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Location and excellent food - Edit

We have enjoyed our meal. Good quality!!! We'll go again!!!

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Great and well-executed concept - Edit

Le Botaniste is a wine bar that offers 100% plant-based bowls and other small dishes. The food is great and nutritional, plus very fairly priced especially for Belgian / vegan restaurant standards. There are a lot of options, inspired by different world cuisines, or you can pick-and-choose your own combination of ingredients.

I didn't try out any of their wine options but had a lovely local trappiste beer instead. Oh and the homemade lemonade was so nice that my boyfriend went to get a second one.

The interior is fun and beautifully executed, based on an old apothecary aesthetic (along the lines of a 'food as medicine' concept). My only comment would be that the lighting feels a little harsh and clinical, it could be cosier.

All in all a lovely place both for lunch or dinner.

Pros: Healthy and varied food options, Lovely interior

Cons: Lighting

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Delicious spicy bowls - Edit

Cozy vegan wine bar that serves tasty bowls of soup and stews as well as some entrées and sweets. Nice wines and beers available.

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South Africans approve! - Edit

A very impressive, energetic restaurant. The food tastes incredible - and is honestly the best food we've had in Ghent. Portions are filling and staff are always smiling and friendly.

Pros: Pure vegan, see something you like and just eat it

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best bowls - Edit

Great find with big bowls of great flavors

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Yummy yummy - Edit

Nice atmosphere and lots of vegan options!

We had the mezze for starters wich contained a bowl filled with hummus, curry-hummus-sort-of-dip and a dip made of veggies with a real interesting taste. In the middle of the bowl some olives, seaweed and grated carrot. And a few crackers and rice cakes to dip with.
Really nice!! I can really recommend it.

As main dish I had the Maroccan vegetable tajine with quinoa (very delicious!)
And my boyfriend had the Jeff bowl filled with potatoes and wild mushrooms.

Everything was absolutely delicious, an absolute must go when visiting Ghent!

Pros: Everything's vegan, Cute (small) place, Relaxed atmosphere

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Bowled over - Edit

Le Botaniste specializes in veg-packed, gluten-free bowls, and there are more than half a dozen here: a Japanese noodle soup, chili with all the fixings, vegan pasta Bolognese, Moroccan stew over quinoa, Tibetan curry, a big salad garnished with colorful spreads, and smashed potatoes topped with sherried mushrooms. Customers also have the option to create their own combinations from the selection of sauces, toppings, bases, and sides. Other items include sushi made with brown rice and guilt-free desserts, such as a flaxseed brownie placed in a little pool of freshly made cashew milk.

Pros: Healthful whole-food concept , Order from menu or originate your own

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Loved it! - Edit

Beautiful little cafe and wine bar. Great food and really lovely staff. We'll be visiting here again during this holiday!

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Delicioso! Delicious! - Edit

Lugar agradable y comida deliciosa, cln personal atento. Todo vegano y rico. ¡Repetiré seguro!

Pros: 100% Vegan

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Lovely venue, food OK - Edit

I've been here a few times during my stay in Gent and have really mixed feelings about it.

La Botaniste has a really nice conservatory type room at the back and a few tables outside. Both have a great atmosphere for eating. The menu sounds interesting but unfortunately some of the dishes are somewhat bland. I've had the pasta and the chili which were both just ok. The Tibetan Mama was much more tasty. The food is already prepared so service is fast.

On one occasion we had a bottle of wine which was really quite expensive and not very impressive. The staff can be a little inept at times too.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Bland food

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Delicious, healthy and fast! - Edit

We ate here twice on a visit to Gent, and loved the food. We had Tibetan Mama (chickpea curry with rice and kimchi), Mezze bowl, Sushi rolls, Pasta Mafiosi, and build your own bowls. The kids were able to have a bowl of plain pasta too which was useful! We also had a dessert and some cookies and they have vegan wine and beer too.
Really good food and easy to eat with kids too.

Pros: Great selection, Kid friendly

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Interesting, but not to everyone's liking - Edit

The three of us went there on a Friday night, and we got the “Full Treatment” which enabled us to taste a variety of the dishes on their menu.
The mezze with sushi roll was a great starter to share, very tasty and rich in different flavours. The bowls we ordered however were rather disappointing: While they contained exotic ingredients (e.g. Gentse kimchi) and their flavour combinations were interesting (things I probably wouldn’t have tried in my own kitchen), not all of them were actually enjoyable. “Pasta al Mafiosi” was alright, as was “Tibetan Mama”, but “Jeff” and “Vegetable Tajine” just weren’t to my liking at all. (I still don’t understand why there were raisins and olives in the same dish…)
We also got to select three desserts, which were cookies and cakes of the day. They were okay, but nothing special, and we wouldn’t have gotten them if they hadn’t been a part of the deal because they were quite pricey for being so small.
After that, all of us were full, and we all agreed that this had been quite an unusual but also exciting dinner. Note that everything we had also seemed to have been organic, fresh, and reasonably healthy.
We took our time eating and noticed that it was never too crowded. We had plenty of time to admire the beautiful interior: It looks like you are dining in an old pharmacy.
All in all, it was an experience that I wouldn’t want to have missed, but I’ll probably not go there again, seeing as the taste of most of the main dishes just wasn’t my cup of tea. To others, I’d probably recommend the “Create your own bowl” option, which lets you pick and mix special ingredients according to your tastes.

Pros: beautiful interior, interesting flavours, gluten-free and nut-free options

Cons: hit-and-miss main dishes

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Loved it - Edit

My mom and I got the tibetan mama and vegetable tajine, which were both very good! I loved the flavor explosion & would definitely recommend it to others!

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-12

Pros: Tasty food, Beautiful interior, Affordable

Cons: No cash

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Heerlijke snelle betaalbare vegan bowls. - Edit

Veel keuze uit vegan bowls. Zeer snel bereid en super lekker! Niet duur. Ook ruime keuze uit biologische wijnen en vegan desserts. Je moet binnen bestellen en zelf je eten meenemen naar een tafeltje. Zeker Hier komen eten!

Pros: Alles vegan voor verschillende smaken , Goedkoop , Snel

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elegant and vegan - Edit

Great vegan spot.
We loved the setting. High elegant ceilings. A choice of seating styles. Mainly casual.
Nice ambience.

We chose the orangery area. This was very nice.

The food was delicious. It felt healthy and hearty and there was a decent choice. Most things were bowls.

Pros: all vegan, nice setting, tasty

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Sympathiek - lekkere gerechten - fijne plek - Edit

Lekkere gerechten, super aardig personeel en een fijne plek om te zitten. Goede prijzen. Gaan!!

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Disappointing - Edit

We had lunch at Le Botaniste today and even though the menu looked promising and the place itself is really nice the food was on the dull side. We had the tibetan mama bowl (hard to imagine any resemblance with any tibetan dishes or ingredients: coconut milk, kimchi (!), peanut butter sauce...) and the taijne (which was too soupy and the broth lacked depth while the scarce quinoa had sunk at the bottom of the bowl). Basically, if you're well traveled or have experienced authentic world food, you'll be let down by this Flemish "interpretation". On a positive note, the service (well, it's mostly self service) was friendly and the prices are okay.

Pros: prices, supposedly organic ingredients, place

Cons: taste

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Good Chile bowl - Edit

Good vegan Chile bowl with brown rice and quinoa.

Pros: exerything is vegan! bowls are quite large.

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good food for a reasonable price - Edit

Cute little restaurant in the heart of Gent. There are about 6 meals to choose from and they're all vegan. Very tasty and not cheap at all (for Belgium). Cozy interior as well. They do prefer you to pay with a card and not with cash money, so keep that in mind.

Pros: in the city center, cheap, nice interior

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Food was okay but a little under-spiced, leather seats made us question "veganness" of the wines - Edit

At first glance, you wouldn't suspect Le Botaniste to be an all vegan place, it blends in well with the other "normal" shops in the area.
The inside is pretty cool, the front is made up like a pharmacy, staff even wear these white jackets, and the back is nice and colourful. However, the seats were leather, which we didn't expect in a place that claims to be 00% vegan. This made us question a little, if the wines were really vegan, too. We didn't ask, though, so please, go and inquire yourself, should you be interested in having a glass!

We decided that we wanted one of their bowls - you can choose from a (conveniently English) menu of ready bowls or create your own by combining different bases, toppings and sauces. The bowls were a decent size and definitely made us full. The taste was good, however, both our bowls could have been seasoned more and had some toppings we didn't really get. Unfortunately, there was no salt on the table either. The home made lemonade was really good. Prices were absolutely okay.
I would probably come again but sneak in some salt and create my own bowl.

Pros: Nice concept, Possibility to create your own bowl, Pretty inside

Cons: Food needs more seasoning, Leather seats

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Delicious - Edit

The food is of great quality and taste, good ingredients and quick service. Good variety to choose from too. its a bit expensive but you are getting quality.

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