A new month brings a new category for Daily Dose of Denim. In our hotspot series, we will present cool places in Antwerp (and beyond) and we will focus on spots with a strong link to denim countries: the US of A, the UK, Japan, Italy and The Netherlands.
First up is Bar Chine, an Asian new style bar & restaurant located at the cosy Draakplaats in Berchem, Antwerp. We have been fans for years of Cuichine, Bar Chine’s bigger brother, so we were really eager to check out this place, which opened in November 2014.
Bar Chine brings together some of the hottest trends in food right now: you can order small and simple streetfood dishes to share with friends and family and… there are some fabulous cocktails for you to discover!
The interior of this bar & restaurant is mainly made out of brick & wood. The furniture, with big tables to share food with your loved ones, are made of pressed pine and bring warmth to the place.
We had a nice chat with chef Chuck Tang and maitre d’ Dae Hwan about the new place. Chuck is originally from Hong Kong and Dae Hwan is Korean, which explains the Korean influences on the menu. When asked about their favourite dish on the menu, Dae Hwan didn’t hesitate: it’s the kimchi dog, a Korean hot dog made of a pure pork sausage and crisp bread, served with kimchi, coriander, cucumber, spring onions and kimchi mayonaise.
Besides the kimchi dog, you can find a great selection of small bites and bigger dishes at Bar Chine. We tried the steamed clams with soy sauce, sake, ginger, onion and coriander and made little lettuce wraps with pork belly, kimchi and Korean chili sauce. All of the dishes were fingerlicking good.
So let’s talk drinks now. Bar Chine worked with Manuel Wouters of the renowned cocktail bar Sips to create original Asian-inspired cocktails. We enjoyed a blushing dragon, a cocktail made of cava, lychee and rose petals. Perfect if you are into sweet cocktails! If you are more of a sour kinda guy or girl, you should give the Spicy Dragon a try. This gin-based cocktail contains chai, ginger and blackberries and is strong and refreshing at the same time.
If you are not a fan of cocktails, there is still plenty to choose from: Japanese plum wine, beers and a whole range of specialty sakes.
Bar Chine is currently preparing for Summer – a spacious terrace will be installed so that you can enjoy the dishes and drinks al fresco and they will pop up at Antwerpen Proeft, the fine food festival that will take place from May, 14th until May, 17th at Waagnatie in Antwerp.
But for now, we recommend you give Bar Chine a try and discover this new kid on the block with great potential.
bar: 12am – 3pm / 5.30pm – 12pm
restaurant: 12am – 2pm / 5.30pm – 10pm
bar: 5.30pm – 12pm
restaurant: 5.30pm – 10pm
Closed on Tuesday
Pictures by Woodmonkey