Lombric Restaurant (Brussels)

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Things are buzzing over at Lombric! Sybille Kowalski and Anthony Jaeger traded in their respective careers in communications and journalism to attract anyone who wants to enjoy nature in the Forest neighborhood, like moths to a flame behind the glistening glass facade of their neighborhood bar. Once seated on the warm and welcoming terrace, experience a series of fiery, plant-forward chefs’ residencies. The night we went, it was Jules Lavergne (ex-Bout de Gras) who sent out all of the following: an herbaceous hummus that took us by surprise; flame-charred sardines in a sea of olive oil; a tamago egg (marinated in soy sauce and mirin) with lacto-fermented chili sauce, bok choy and beets; kimchi-spiced bok choy; beetroot cooked in a salt crust with cream and lemon; and spinach mac-and-cheese-style, sauced up with bread from Brood. All compost-compatible – even the semolina cake that was a little on the dry side… // Luce Berdon

FEELING THIRSTY? Naturopathic wines served by the glass and on tap, like Kaboulo, an Anjou grolleau from Anthony Robin (€6.90), or by the bottle and also sold to go: Adèle, a Rhone white from Éric Texier (€39), Beau Gosse, a Touraine cabernet franc from Lisanne van Son (€40)…

PRICE: Small plates €4-17, dessert €8.

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