Fine Dining in Northern France
Estaminet "L' Hazewinde"
Just twenty miles from the Belgian
town of Poperinge lies the tiny village of Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel.
Nextdoor to the Estaminet that we will review, the village houses an
artisan bakery. Here you find the most delicious breads and the
"apple flambée" that is on the neighbours menu.
Estaminet "L" Hazewinde"is a genuine Flemish restaurant, situated in
a picturesque old farmhouse. A proud Flemish Lion adorns the facade,
wreathed with hop flowers. Hop that is used to brew beer, and is
still grown in the region around Poperinge.
That the manager of "The Greyhound
"used to work as a sommelier at "L'Huitriere" in Lille, still shows
in the exquisite wine list. But as in all Flemish Estaminets, the
beer is also largely represented. You can order bottles of Trois
Monts, Maredsous, Saint-Omer and Saint-Bernard, but also a
L'Hazewinde amber on tap.
The menu offers a choice of delicious dishes. Besides the
aforementioned "tarte flambée" there is "potjevleesch" and
"tartiflette au mont de cats" on the menu. (a locally produced
A local aperitif is the "Amer Picon", a bitter liqueur based on
orange peel. There are two kinds: Picon Vin Blanc and Picon Bière.
We drank a Picon Vin Blanc, where white wine and lemon syrup is
mixed with the Picon liqueur.
Next, we let go on the delicacies that were offered: a "tartiflette
au Mont des Cats", a stew pan with potatoes and bacon, covered with
a thick layer of local grated cheese and then oven grilled. Copious
The nearby Mont de Cats houses an abbey where the monks are engaged
in making a cheese that can best be compared to the famous French
"Port Salu". The orange color of the crust is obtained by rubbing
with regular brine stained with rocou. (A natural product based on
Annato seed) The cheese mass is hard and has small holes, the aging
time is less than a month.
The second dish we chose was a variation of the classic Flemish
Potjevleesch (game meat). The "Lapin façon Potjevleesch" consisted
of a rabbit leg and a nice big piece of bacon, pickled like
Potjevleesch. Again, this cold dish was really great-great!
Earlier that day we had tasted the Potjevleesch of "Le Roi du Potje
Vleesch" (the king of game meat) in nearby 59270 Godewaersvelde.
Beside this restaurant is also a shop where one can buy all kind of
local specialties: e.g. hard to find cheeses such as "Brique the
Cassel" and local beers, and of course, their own Potjevleesch. The
prices of "Le Roi" are quite high and the taste of his game meat was
i.m.h.o. inferior to the taste of the "Lapin façon game meat"
of "L' Hazewinde".
Compared to the Potjevleesch at "Le Roi...", I would definitely call
the chef of "L'Hazewinde" the Emperor Of Potjevleesch...
Two appetizers, two main dishes and two coffees, all for €35 , I can
hardly wait to come back again!
Estaminet "L' Hazewinde"