Cor De Chasse (Wéris)
Cor de Chasse is a hotel and 1 Michelin star restaurant in Wéris, a small town near Durbuy in Wallonia. Wéris is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Wallonia, praised for its dolmens and menhirs and houses in 17th– and 18th-century architecture.
The hotel and restaurant are located amidst 2 hectares of green and boast a charming pool in the garden. The family hotel is managed by Mario and Aurore Elias and offers peace and tranquility in one of the six impressive luxury rooms (three with private terrace) and three guest rooms. The rooms are modern, beautifully decorated and well integrated into the renovated castle farmhouse. Combining great food and lovely rooms, this place redefines ‘bed and breakfast’ to ‘bed and dinner’ and does it right.
Highly recommended are the very interesting formulas, which combine one or more nights with breakfast, a gastronomic dinner and a lunch. Our package contained one night in a standard room with breakfast, a 6-course dinner and a 3-course lunch for 150 €/person. A culinary bargain! If the luxury rooms or suites are available, we do recommended to upgrade (160€ / 170 €/person) as these rooms are recently renovated, offer beautiful bathrooms and (some) have great views on the garden.
Mario Elias, chef and owner of Cor de Chasse, is the youngest in a family of cooks. He was born in Ostend and moved to Barvaux, where his parents managed Restaurant Le Petit Chef. Mario attended pastry school in Waremme, hotel school in Spa and went to work in gourmet restaurants such as Le Capucin and Château d’Hassonville, where he spent two years as chef cook.
He has been highly praised by his peers and with Cor de Chasse he succeeded in building a successful restaurant in quite a remote region in Belgium. The Michelin Guide describes him as the leading man of the new Walloon gastronomy and rewarded Cor de Chasse with a first star.
Mario demonstrates a modern cooking philosophy and offers gourmet dishes based on local produce. Through books, contacts with colleagues such as Sang Hoon Degeimbre and much experimentation, he has learned the latest cooking techniques. His dishes are tasty, using fresh ingredients without taking too much risks. The business card is the four-course menu for an easy digestible 50 €!
Together with Be-gusto and the girlfriends we enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Wéris and tasted several dishes during a 6-course dinner and a 3-course lunch. For the Dutch review by Be-gusto, click here.
Cod / lobster / Hendrick’s gin: Cod marinated in Hendrick’s gin, cucumber, lemon rose coriander, cream cheese from the Paquet farm and radishes from the garden
White tuna / Mediterranean / tomato / chorizo: different tomato/chorizo structures, sorrel from Spain, tofu and avocado
Bacon from a Walloon farmer / langoustine: peas with cherries, ginger flavored black quinoa, popcorn
Guinea fowl from the Provence: Nougat from Fontenay potatoes, artichoke puree, pissaladière
Ganache from carrots, watermelon, lychee and syrup from herbs from the garden
Berries / beetroot / chocolate: pickled beets, yogurt, hand-rolled couscous
Coffee & sweets
Matching wines are presented with the menus and there is an interesting wine menu on offer, focusing on mainly French bottles. We had pleasant wines with both of our menus, but didn’t make any big discoveries.
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
Cor de Chasse is an interesting gastronomic getaway located in a beautiful region in Wallonia. Food is good, rooms are beautiful and the prices are amongst the cheapest you can get for this type of gastronomy and hotel rooms in Belgium. What are you waiting for?
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 7.5/10
– Wine Pairing Buds 7/10
– Price/Quality Buds 9/10
– Service Buds 7.5/10
– Experience Buds 7.5/10
Cor de Chasse