Bouchéry Restaurant (Brussels)

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At 812A Chaussé d’Alsemberg is a house with a garden and a small dining room decorated in cozy beige tones. That’s where Damien Bouchery, an inspired chef who was born in Rennes and spent time in Switzerland, created Bouchéry in 2010, in tandem with the artistic culinary advisor Bénédicte Bantuelle. The fruit of his plant-forward tropism, the menu features a series of artistic plates with elegant, carefully-considered compositions: potato waffle, butternut squash, clementine and hazelnuts; lacto-fermented carrot purée with pine nuts for the starters; scallop carpaccio with seaweed and a sweet buckwheat-ginger-caper-turmeric sauce; grilled and pickled eryngii mushrooms grown at Caves de Cureghem in Anderlecht, with a potato-mushroom emulsion, spätzles and meadowsweet powder, sponged up with homemade sourdough bread made by Romina Büx; soft-boiled egg topped with spinach, black rice and shaved walnuts over a goat cheese velouté; and a clementine-centered dessert, as a subtle sorbet infused with sea-buckthorn, plus a tuile, juice and clementine quarters in a coy chocolate cream. // Ringo de Balmalon

FEELING THIRSTY? Natural wines – Ronceray, an Anjou chenin from the Château de Plaisance served by the glass (€11), Utopiste, a skin-contact Gewurzt’ from Kumpf & Meyer (€56 a bottle), 68 Ares, a Loire white from Complément’Terre (€39), Fatima, a rare Flemish red from Servaas Blockeel (€87), plus Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen and Oud Berseel beers (€13 to €61 a bottle), and homemade alcohol-free drinks, like apple and bay leaf kefir, coffee kombucha or meadowsweet lemonade (€5).

PRICE: Menus €39 (Friday lunch), €49, €69 and €89 for four to six courses.

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