Hertog Jan, a restaurant near Bruges where chef Gert De Mangeleer grows his own vegetables, herbs and flowers to help create modern European dishes, wins a third star today in Michelin’s guide to Belgium and Luxembourg.
That takes the total of Belgian three-star establishments to three. Another two win a second star: De Jonkman, also near Bruges; and Le Chalet de la Foret, in Brussels. ‘T Zilte retains its second star after moving to Antwerp from Mol.
Jaloa, in Brussels, is among 14 venues that are awarded a first star, for a total of 99, Michelin said today in an e-mailed release. Another 22 Bib Gourmands for good cooking at moderate prices take that total to 140.
Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two stars are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one star denotes a very good restaurant in its category.
The awards (with N denoting new):
Three stars: Bruges: De Karmeliet Bruges: Hertog Jan Kruishoutem: Hof van Cleve Two stars: Antwerp: ‘T Zilte N Bruges: Danny Horseele Bruges: De Jonkman N Brussels: Sea Grill Brussels: Comme Chez Soi Brussels: Le Chalet de la Foret N Duffel: Nuance Eghezee, Noville-sur-Mehaigne: L’Air du Temps Ellezelles: Chateau du Mylord Hasselt: Aan Tafel bij Luc Bellings Ypres, Elverdinge: Hostellerie St-Nicolas Opglabbeek: Slagmolen De Panne: Hostellerie Le Fox Profondeville, Arbre: L’Eau Vive Reet: Pastorale Luxembourg, Grund: Mosconi
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)