Then you are going to want to read this and take notes!
Twice a year Visit Flanders organizes “Jong Keukengeweld“, a culinary treat for 18 to 30 year olds by young chefs! In March and October youngsters can book a table at top notch restaurants and even Michelin star restaurants or restaurants with a Gault&Millau rate of at least 15/20. It’s the perfect excuse to treat your taste buds and indulge in Flemish gastronomy. 51 top Flemisch restaurants with young chefs under 35 open their establishments for young foodies like us!
So if you are a foodie but you don’t speak Dutch, you’ll need to learn the word “Jong keukengeweld”, which means “Young Kitchen violence” (when translated literally). It’s the perfect excuse, when you don’t have an a specific reason to go out for a fancy and gastronomy dinner. Not that you really need one… Or it could be a good way to introduce your friends into the world of foodies :).
We are super excited that it’s that time of year again and bookings are starting on the 18th of September. Less excited that it’s going to be the last year that I can participate since the big 30 is creeping up on me too. Read about Ine’s 30th Birthday and her foodie experience here.
Now it’s my time to pick a good restaurant and treat myself for getting older! It all doesn’t seem that bad when you can celebrate it with good food and good company.
The hardest part really is going to be picking the restaurant!
How to book?
Bookings are possible as from the 18th of September on the “Jong Keukengeweld” website.
But be fast, since the best hotspots will book up quick!
- 45 euro for a 3-course menu (including water and adjusted wines and/or beers)
- 55 euro for a 3-course menu (including water and adjusted wines and/or beers) in restaurants with a Michelin Star or a Gault&Millau-score of 15/20
*Prices are economical compared to the normal rates
Tried & tested
Graanmarkt 13 – Antwerp:
Food: Fresh veggies and herbs from the rooftop garden, pure and simple kitchen.
Interior: Industrial but still cosy with an eye for detail; Graanmarkt 13 is not only a fantastic restaurant but also a hotel and a clothing shop with distinctive vision on fashion.
Sail & Anchor – Antwerp:
Food: The combination of a British chef and flemish co-owner gives an interesting vibe which results in super tasty combinations. I still remember their Salmon, one of the best ever eaten in a restaurant.
Interior: The ceiling-high windows plus some sunshine gives the authentic fishbone floor all the honor it deserves. Wooden tables and dito café chairs do exactly what they need to do: make gastronomy accessible by creating a cozy atmosphere. The navy blue corner in the back takes us on the ferry across the channel
© Kris Vlegels
Cuchara – Lommel:
Food: Small bites with lots of flavor, that makes you guess what kind of flavours are floating around your taste buds
Interior: High ceilings, big windows and a darker interior that brings an unexpected homey atmosphere to the dinner table.
De Kwizien – Hasselt (2x):
Food: former Lady Chef of 2015 serves delicious food, one of her specialities is definitely her eye for detail for desserts!
Interior: you don’t really go for the interior. It’s a bit old fashioned and rather suited for middle-age people
Mondevino – Borgloon:
Food: Their slow cooked pork belly with fresh pickles and smoked beans is just to die for.
Interior: A cosy but not super trendy interior with a nice garden in the back to digest your lunch/dinner.