Attitude Belgitude in Belgium for Foodies

1) Willem Hiele

For Willem Hiele★, the North Sea is both an endless source of inspiration and a playground in which he can lose himself every day. Products such as mussels, shrimps and seasonal vegetables from his own backyard and which he forages in the dunes, are cooked in creative ways to extract their deepest flavours. His team provides that same personal touch, as they welcome you to the former fisherman’s cottage that was originally owned by Willem’s parents. This venue is closing its doors permanently as from January 2022, but the good news is that chef Willem Hiele is brooding on a brand new project in Ostend, his hometown on the east coast. We can hardly wait to find out what he has in store for us!

Terrace at Willem Hiele restaurant

2) Cuchara

Nothing at Cuchara★★ is conventional. Ever the food rebel, chef Jan Tournier shares his vision on the future of cooking with an avant-garde set menu of 16 courses. Japanese-inspired cuisine is served by extremely competent staff against the backdrop of a contemporary yet unconventional (black!) interior. Jan and his team have succeeded in combining food, design and music into one multi-sensory universe.

interior of Cuchara restaurant in Lommel

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3) Bon Bon

Opened in 2001 with little more than a stove and a dish- washer, Bon Bon★★ has since won an array of awards for its sustainable, produce-led food. The dishes by chef Christophe Hardiquest put a spotlight on traditional products from our Belgian culinary heritage. Think of a creative interpretation of classics such as eel in green herbs or tomato stuffed with shrimp. The restaurant’s maître Benoît Brochard landed the ‘Maître d’Hôtel’ trophy in Lyon in 2019, and the restaurant’s wine list is as extensive as the service is impeccable.

restaurant interior of Bon Bon

Avenue de Tervueren 453, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

+32 (0)2 346 66 15

https://restaurant-bon-bon.be

4) Oak

Oak★ is a top-class restaurant with a living-room vibe run by Marcelo Ballardin, a proud chef with Brazilian and Italian roots, serving bold flavour combinations in unexpected textures. From the internationally inspired amuse-bouches to the after-dinner cocktail, Oak seizes every opportunity to delight its guests. With amazing food at moderate prices, you can already guess what the downside will be here: it’s not easy to get a table.

restaurant interior of Oak

Hoogstraat 167-001, Ghent

+32 (0)9 353 90 50

https://oakgent.be

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