Where to Eat in Belgium and Luxembourg
Known for waffles, chocolate, frites and beer, Belgium and Luxembourg also have an exceptional fine-dining scene, brimming with talent and exciting locations. Cherry-picking the best of French cuisine, and innovating their own culinary identity, Belgium and Luxembourg are incredible destinations to enjoy the creations of some of Europe's best chefs.
Courtesy of Castor
Two-Michelin-star Castor restaurant in Waregem (near Kortrijk) is a beacon of new, innovative Belgian cuisine with flair. Helmed by chef Maarten Bouckaert, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients captured at just the right time and presents them with a surprising twist. It's an exploration of taste and flavours in simple, design-forward surroundings.
Jo Grootaers, the chef at Altermezzo, Young Chef of the Fiande 2018, despite his young age (30 years) offers a solid yet constantly evolving menu. The restaurant is located on the outskirts of Tongres in a former school. With a Michelin star and a Gault & Millau score of 16/20, Altermezzo can be counted among the best restaurants in the province. With a varied menu, from peasant chicken to desserts, and a splendid terrace, lunch or dinner at Altermezzo will be a breath of air thanks to the refreshing and delicate cuisine of the young chef.
The basis of every dish at Boury is the main ingredient, specially selected to be of the highest quality with accompaniments chosen to exalt taste and harmony. In his philosophy, the award-winning Tim Boury composes new dishes with a focus on the use and balance of noble products. His high-end cuisine takes centre stage in a fabulously renovated townhouse in the city centre of Roeselare, 120km west of Brussels. Gastronomic finesse meets impeccable, friendly service with tableside elements for a dining experience that feels equally classic and new.
Gerardo Metta heads one of the best Italian kitchens in Brussels, where a high level of accomplishment is the standard, especially in dishes such as the bluefin tuna (in the photo), which is served with a veal tuna ice cream and anchovy caviar. Also not to be missed are the tubettoni with monkfish milk, pine nuts, and Taggiasca olives; and the risotto asiago and wild sage, Mantuan pear and coffee. The cellar, exclusively from La Botte, and the sommelier Giuseppe Giampiccolo, will surprise you.
Ghetta, born in 1993, took over the kitchen of Da Mimmo in April 2019 at the behest of the Litvine family, the new owner of the restaurant. In November 2019, Gerardo won his first Michelin star and thus became, at the age of 26, one of the youngest starred chefs in Europe.
Ma Langue Sourit
At Ma Langue Sourit, chef Cyril Molard (chef of the Year 2020), offers harmonious cuisine, which combines unique textures, techniques and flavours, while remaining balanced and respecting the seasonality of the products. With refined and appealing cuisine beautifully presented on every plate, as the name suggests -Ma Langue Sourit (My Language Smiles) - the restaurant puts positivity and warmth at the heart of everything it does.