The Pakhuis is an equally or more interesting for its architecture as for its food. In a building with wrought iron windows to let in natural light, diners are spread over two floors and a terrace that allows smoking. The food, typically Belgian, includes dishes like mussels and fries, delicious. They come in a big pot.
The Bridge Brasserie Tavern is one of the most famous and recommended restaurants in Ghent. It's in Sint-Baafsplein Square, next to the Cathedral and the NTG Dutch theatre. It's not very big, but it has a very nice terrace on the square. Its varied menu is based on typical Belgian cuisine, so to inaugurate my first day in Flanders, I couldn't resist trying the famous mussels and fries. The mussel season is from July to February, and you can have them with white wine and celery, or with garlic and cream. I ordered mine with white wine and I was surprised when they brought me a 1 kilogram pot of mussels, and a large plate of crispy chips with two kinds of sauces (pink and mayonnaise). It was impossible to finish it all, so there's no need to order an appetizer. They also have pasta, toast, salads, meat and fish. It's not cheap, about 18-20€/plate, but keep in mind that it's in one of the most touristy places of the city. They also have menus from € 22.