Lieven Van Assche

Gault&Millau ranks top spots for food and drinks in Belgium

Earlier this week the new Gault&Millau guide for the Belux was released. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem) and Bon-bon (Brussels) retain their top score of 19.5.  David Martin of restaurant La Paix in Anderlecht (Brussels) is Chef of the Year. 

In all over 1,400 restaurants got a visit from an anonymous Gault&Millau inspector.  1,327 addresses are listed in the present guide including 198 in the capital.  The guide lists 240 new addresses, an absolute record. 

Newcomer of the Year is Souvenir in Ghent run by the Icelandic chef Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson and Joke Michiel. Maxime Maziers at Bruneau in Brussels is Best New Chef of the Year in Brussels.  Thijs Vervloet of Colette in Westerlo gets the honour for Flanders.

Peter Goossens of Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem remains the best chef in Flanders.  He shares a top score with Christophe Hardiquest of Bon-bon in Woluwe (Brussels).  L’air du temps of Sang-hoon Degeimbre is ranked third.

Cahier POP started last year and lists the best gourmet and street & fast food addresses.  It now includes 250 places where you can get hold of great food.  This year's top locations are Peppe’s in Genk, My Tannour in Brussels and Samëlla in Visé. The Gault&Millau has the ambition of being more than a restaurant guide and also includes the section ‘Great Cocktail Bars in Belgium’. Botanical by Alphonse in Namur, BarBurbure in Antwerp and La Pharmacie Anglaise in Brussels are the top spots.