Tartine, the French word for a slice of bread. At this breakfast and lunch bar in the heart of Antwerp, they take bread very seriously. On the menu, you will find a variety of ‘tartines’ inspired by a tour around the world. How does Bangkok sound with homemade peanut butter, sesame oil, cucumber, sriracha agave, chili, mint and coriander? Or are you more tempted by the Middle East? Then a Tartine Beirut with hummus, freshly grilled vegetables and halloumi or a Tartine Istanbul with goat cheese, cardamom and carrot marmalade, spring onions, pistachios and coriander might be right up your alley.
Don’t worry, if you are not in an exotic mood – there are also options with good old Gouda, homemade soup and delicious salads. My favorite is probably the Tartini Italiano with ham, cheese, mozzarella, green pesto, pine nuts, arugula, tomato, Parmesan and red onion. The Tartinis (yes with an ‘i) are the grilled sandwiches on the menu and never disappoint. An insider favorite is the Tartini Monsieur which is not on the menu but is probably the best ham and cheese grilled sandwich in Antwerp. That’s right, don’t tell them I told you!
Finish your meal with a homemade lemonade that includes lime and freshly sliced cucumber or one of the many colorful ice teas. On hot summer days go for an Eiland coffee that is a twist on an Iced Latte but with dreamy and tasteful coconut milk. Enjoy!