Year after year the uncontested number one in Belgian gastronomy. The only Belgian restaurant to hold three Michelin stars, receiving the highest quotation of 19,5/20 in the Gault&Millau guide and ranked number 20 on the list of The Best Chef Awards 2018. No doubt Peter Goossens is one of Belgium’s most respected chefs. He’s also the representative of the true Belgian cuisine in the most refined form and he embodies service with a capital S. But what makes him tick? How did he get at that top level of haute cuisine and how does he and his team manage to give the very best of themselves day after day? Intrigued and curious as we are, we arranged a trip to Hof van Cleve, the culinary temple representing Belgium’s finest.
Brussels. The capital of Belgium and Europe, it’s the place where cultures meet and where creativity has no boundaries. Where else could chef Giovanni Bruno have started a restaurant like Senzanome, where the Italian cuisine is lifted to the highest level. His reinterpretation of Italian classics is focused around honest top quality produce in a simple and refined presentation. It’s all about the details, but everything starts from the basics. Read more
Located in the beautiful green quarters of Brussels, the capital of Europe, there’s one of Belgium’s most loved places for gourmands: Restaurant Bon-Bon. In fact chef Christophe Hardiquest is probably the best representative of the Belgian culinary identity, combining classic, flavourful cooking techniques with contemporary influences and a huge love for local produce and preparations.
In the mundane mountain town of Courchevel, there’s a unique, well-known building with a rustic white façade. It’s the home of Le Chabichou, one of the most famous hotel – restaurants in the area. Chefs Stéphane Buron and Michel Rochedy present a refined gastronomic cuisine in a wonderful atmosphere. Read more
Lately we had seen some really nice Instagram pictures of ‘Pillows Grand Hotel Place Rouppe’, a brand new hotel that had just opened in Brussels. And guess what a couple of weeks later we received a very special invitation to discover this hotel. It must have been our lucky day!
Gastronomic enjoyment at Fleur de Sel in Kasterlee
Our visit to Fleur de Sel in Kasterlee is the perfect proof that word-of-mouth advertising works best. A series of beautiful dishes on Instagram, a lot of good reviews online and one of our acquaintances Jürgen, who has already been there 30 (!) times already, made us put this address on top of our wish list. The fact that the restaurant turned out to be open on Mondays – which is the standard closing day for most restaurants – encouraged us to make a reservation immediately. Let’s just start off the week with an afternoon of gastronomic enjoyment. Just because we can 🙂
The Flemish Ardennes are a real paradise for cyclists and hikers, but also for foodies. In Brakel you will find restaurant “De Vijf Seizoenen” (the five seasons), where you can spoil your taste buds. We followed the beautiful landscape to this place for a long lazy Sunday lunch. Highly recommended.
About six months ago, we were enchanted by the charms of Andalusia. With its beautiful nature, hospitality and tasty food, this region has conquered our hearts. A place where we could find all these assets was Casa Piolas in Algarinejo. The restaurant and tapas bar team welcomes guests from far and near with love and enthusiasm. And that is something you can really taste! Read more
Do you want to enjoy gastronomic food at a triple A location? Then restaurant ‘t Zilte is the place to be. There are few places that appeal as much to the imagination as the top floor of the MAS in Antwerp, and even more if you know that you are not only spoiled with breathtaking views, but here, your taste buds too will be taken care of.
Innesto Restaurant in Houthalen guarantees sophisticated cuisine with a good balance of taste. During the “Jong Keukengeweld-actie” (The Young Kitchen Talent Campaign), young chef Koen Verjans invites young people between the age of 18 and 30 to taste extraordinary, casual, stylish and creative gastronomy. Enjoy!
To fans of creative cuisine chef Danny Vanderhoven will certainly be no stranger. He exchanged his restaurant in Rekem for another one in a new building about two years ago. And one with class, that is the least you can say, as the beautiful location of the Terhills hotel in Maasmechelen matches perfectly with the style and richness of Danny’s kitchen. That’s our conclusion after a nice, relaxing lunch in the restaurant. The perfect way to start a weekend away.
Welcome at restaurant Nuance in Duffel. Stylish, tasteful and personal. Three basic elements that characterize and make restaurant Nuance a place worth to visit.
The more color, the healthier. Or so I’m told. This salad with salmon, fennel, snow pea and pomegranate is a winner in any case! We have used salmon marinated in Gin & Tonic for a change, creating a very subtle sharpness and bitterness, but as the rest of the dish is filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, this little sin will certainly be forgiven. 🙂 Read more
Winter is the perfect season to prepare something with beetroot. Not just because they are easy to find then, but also because they add color to your dish, something we all can use when everything looks gray and dreary outside.
Next to that, we have decided to work with two other ingredients to get an extra summer boost. Salads and edible flowers make us eagerly look forward to spring. A real boost for the mind and for the taste buds, as edible flowers have in fact heaps of flavor and are therefore much more than just a decorative element. Therefore, you should definitely taste the flowers if you plan to use them in a dish. They can really make or break the whole experience, depending on the rest of the ingredients and whether they fit or not.
The third main element in our preparation is goat cheese. We have chosen a soft artisanal goat cheese from Holland made by De Bokkesprong. These cheese makers use the milk of goats from their own stable, trying to work as natural as possible.
“Now where is that recipe?” you will probably think. Well, there are not a lot of instructions for the preparation. Just add all elements together in a bowl and season everything. That’s it, really. 🙂 Below you will find the list of ingredients.
- Mixed salad
- Colored, cooked beets
- Soft, fresh goat cheese to crumble
- Edible flowers
- CressOlive oil
- Pepper and fleur de sel
Tip of the Day: Select a beautiful bowl and do not just keep it for special occasions. A simple salad like this one will taste extra delicious when presented beautifully. We have used a bowl from the Pure-collectie of Pascale Naessens for Serax.
This Italian-style quiche looks very nice, even though we say so ourselves. Thanks to the combination of oregano and tomato, you will get that typical Mediterranean flavour.