Antwerp’s The Jane awarded second Michelin star

Summary

Michelin has announced its 2016 guide to Belgium, with few big surprises except a second star for The Jane in Antwerp, which only opened last year

West Flanders has most stars

No change at the top, a slight shift in the middle, and 10 new arrivals on the ground floor. Michelin has announced its star ratings for its 2016 edition. The announcement in Ghent was postponed from November, following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Flanders’ three-star restaurants – the only three-Michelin-star restaurants in the country – remain the same: Peter Goossens’ Hof Van Cleve in Kruishoutem, Geert Van Hecke’s De Karmeliet in Bruges and Gert De Mangeleer’s Hertog Jan in Zedelgem, West Flanders.

The headline-grabbing news this year was the awarding of a second star for The Jane in Antwerp. The restaurant – owned by chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Bril, both of the former three-star Oud Sluis in the Netherlands – received its first start just seven months after opening last year.

In Brussels, the restaurants Sea Grill, Comme Chez Soi, Bon-Bon and Le Chalet de la Fôret held on to their two stars and are joined by La Villa in the Sky on the 25th floor of the IT Tower on Louizalaan, a spin-off from La Villa Lorraine and chef Alexandre Dionisio. Elsewhere in Flanders, all two-star restaurants held on to their stars.

All four of last year’s one-star restaurants in Ghent have kept their star: Vrijmoed, run by Peter Goossens’ former sous-chef; Horseele; Van den Bon; and Publiek, the latest venture from Flemish Foodie Olly Ceulenaere.

Arriving on the star scene for the first time are Bistrot du Nord in Antwerp, Alexandre in Brussels, d’Essensi in Schilde, Alain Bianchin in Jezus-Eik and Danny in Maasmechelen.

Two restaurants lost their star: Va Doux Vent in Brussels and Lijsterbes in Berlare, East Flanders. And in Hasselt, Giovanni Oosters of restaurant Vous Lé Vous lost his star as a result of the restaurant’s limited opening hours.

West Flanders, meanwhile, has 32 stars spread over 23 restaurants – not only the most starred province in Belgium but one of densest starred regions per capita worldwide.

Photo: Sergio Herman (left) and Nick Bril of The Jane
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