Starred chefs and a former Top Chef at the helm of a pop-up restaurant near Brussels

The concept

We told you about it at the beginning of the summer: ephemeral bubbles have set up a stone’s throw from Brussels, more precisely in the magnificent gardens of the Rixensart castle. A concept that inevitably has directly seduced more than one. The idea? Here, you eat a 3-course gourmet meal in private transparent domes. As a couple, with friends, or with colleagues, each dome can accommodate between 2 and 8 people maximum.

The aperitif is held in the courtyard of the castle of Rixensart with all the guests. When we came, the festivities began with a glass of champagne and a duo of appetizers, just to make our mouths water right away. As soon as the chefs give the go, the guests are invited to settle in their respective dome lit by the light of lanterns and candles. This is followed by a meticulous organization and dishes licked to perfection.

In video, our experience with the menu concocted by chef Kevin Lejeune:

Gourmet plates

Once the aperitif was over, we crossed the courtyard to reach our dome and we were surprised by the spectacle before our eyes: the bubbles gravitated around a central dome in which officiated the chef and his team while the subdued lighting of the premises completed the picture. An idyllic setting, which on a clear sky, even seems straight out of a fairy tale: you then eat under the stars with the surrounding nature around you, all this while you are at the gates of Brussels.

A Top Chef at the helm

Among the guest chefs, it was the young Kevin Lejeune who launched the hostilities. The young starred chef had been at the helm of this restaurant since September 17. From September 27, it is Benjamin Laborie, the former starred chef of the restaurant La Ligne Rouge in Lasne, who will cook until October 4. The young Brussels chef César Lewandowski will then follow from October 5 to October 14. To close this edition, former Top Chef Sébastien Renard will be present from October 15 to October 24. Eliminated at the gates of the final of season 13 of Top Chef, this candidate has worked for big names in gastronomy such as Alain Ducasse and Marc Meurin. During the show, he was part of Philippe Etchebest’s brigade before joining that of Paul Pairet. He is also close to Camille Delcroix, another emblematic candidate for Top Chef and above all the big winner of season 9. Beyond his unwavering smile, what made an impression was also the atypical personality of this candidate as well as his fine cuisine often featuring ingredients from the north of France. We don’t yet know the menu he will offer, but we can therefore already expect some surprising combinations!

In terms of price, it takes around €150 per person for the 3-course menu including a welcome drink, 3 courses and a digestive. To book your dome, go here as soon as possible before all the dates are already booked!

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