Ostend has got a new place2b. At least if you are looking for urban vibes and delicious social bites! Mommy’s Bastards mixes quality drinks and appetizers with eco style interior, New York vibes and yummie fingerfood to share – or not to share.
De Mosselbeurs in the Dwarsstraat near the Vissersplein in Oostende is no more. The name has been around for a quarter of a century and was founded by Enrico Ricciolini and his wife Nancy. For ten years, their son Kevin and friend Stefan Westerlinck have been running the well-known restaurant but the duo decided it was time for something else. “We realised that the places in Belgium to get a decent apertif with some nice fingerfood are sparce whereas the Belgian customer, epicurist as he is, definitely is willing to pay some extra for quality appetizers”, Stefan tells us. “This idea was the departure for a new concept we decided to baptise “Mommy’s Bastards”.
Sharing is caring!
“Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends”, is one of the baselines of Mommy’s Bastards. So we decide to order a few social bites, put them in the middle of the table and share them. Clearly we are not the only ones doing so. We try “Mommy’s meatballs, To Die For!” with siracha and rosemary. And, yes, indeed they are to die for. The “North Sea Shrimp Croquettes” with parsley mayo and lemon we think is rather disappointing: 4 euro for just one croquette… it’s totally the opposite of the abundance of The Butcher’s Plate with proscuitto San Daniele, rilette Duke of Berkshire, Butcher’s bacon and salami long bride (16 euro). The charcuterie just tastes delicious, a plate that defintely is value for money! As is the “Tuna Poke” with ponzu, avocado and nachos. Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert does.
You live only once… lick the bowl
Wine is bottled poetry
As Kevin and Stefan consider wine as bottled poetry the choice of red and white wine is big. Non-experts don’t have to be afraid to order as the menu explains the main flavours of the wine. The Spanish Matsu el Recio (Tinta de Toro) red wine distincts itself by notes of “chocolate, black fruit and a silky smooth” round taste while the Rolling Stones merlot wine from the USA should remind us of “black cherries, cinammon, spicy”, as we read.
Drinks for real bastards
Further on the menu lots of quality drinks for real bastards. Kevin and Stefan are born horeca enterpreneurs and know where to look for quality stuff. Pisco Sour, Basil Smash, … loads of gin (even a non-alcoholic gin&tonic) and other things like homemade icetea.
We tried Mommy’s Favourite Gin: Marconi 46 an Italian gin from Poli at Schiavon (Vicenza), one of those rare distelleries that exist allready more than a century. The base is rather classic but two kinds of pines and muscat grapes define the aftertaste. A must for ginlovers!
We are sure that Kevin and Stefan will be enlisted in the top 100 of Belgiums crazy bastards who actually changed Ostend (for the better). Even after all those years in the horeca they still have got the drive to spoil the customer with a big smile. You can even get breakfast in the form of “homemade granola and Greek yoghurt” or “a thick slice of bread with marmalade or chocolate pasta”.
Every Saturday a live dj from 7pm till 11pm does the rest.
Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 23:00
(kitchen 12:00 – 22:00)
Come in & say hi! But not on mondays 😉
Dwarsstraat 10, 8400 Oostende, firstname.lastname@example.org (they don’t do reservations)