Cuchara (Lommel, Belgium)

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The place

Restaurant Cuchara is a creative fine-dining restaurant located in Lommel, Belgium. It is awarded with a Michelin star and a 15/20 score in the Gault&Millau guide. Jan Tournier is a chef with a vision and a clear identity. His kitchen style is a special one that you won’t find anywhere else in Belgium. It is his artistic approach with an eye for presentation that makes this one of the country’s most special restaurants.

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Cuchara is located in the city centre of Lommel, a small city in the north of Belgium. The modern restaurant creates a brand new restaurant experience. The interior brings synergy with the cooking style and gastronomic art of the chef. Warm materials, design furniture and an impressive glass sculpture create a unique and one of a kind interior.

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Root’, a seven-meter glass tree, sheds a new light on Tourniers ‘cooking’ and represents the glass blowing crafts from the city Lommel. The warm interior of the restaurant is emerging as a cleanly designed area with lot of space. The black wall on which artist Esther Barend made an artwork in four pieces in situ, enhances the intimate character.

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The chef & the food

Chef Jan Tournier is known for his innovative and modern cooking style, his creativity and artic presentations. The chef gained experience at Roger Van Damme’s restaurant Het Gebaar in Antwerp, where he learned the essentials of modern dining.

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At Cuchara, he offers his guests an extensive dining journey with a tasting menu in twelve or fourteen servings. In contrast to Het Gebaar, where guests enjoy classic preparations with a modern twist, and exquisite desserts, at Cuchara Jan Tournier serves minimalistic, high flavoured dishes based on a molecular cooking style.

We had lunch at Cuchara in March 2016 and had the following menu:

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 The wines

Sommelier Jeffrey Snoeks is one of the biggest young talents in Belgium. He selects great pairing wines to accompany Jan’s menu or surprises guests with perfect choices from the very interesting wine list. The passionate sommelier impresses the most demanding wine connoisseurs and serves in a flamboyant, unique style. In his new wine cellar which is located at the back of the restaurant, he collected some special labels.

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The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience

The journey throughout Jan Tournier’s kitchen is a unique dining experience and surprise after surprise, guests become more and more astonished. If you are in the north of Belgium and you love creative dining, Cuchara is highly recommended. Don’t expect traditional, classic dining with recognisable products: Cuchara is a restaurant that breaks away from the classical thinking of what defines fine dining.

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Belgian Taste Buds:

–        Food Buds                                                        8.5/10

–        Wine Buds                                                       8.5/10

–        Price/Quality Buds                                         7.5/10

–        Service Buds                                                    8/10

–        Experience Buds                                             8.5/10

Cuchara
Lepelstraat 3
3920 Lommel
Belgium
Phone: +32 11 75 74 35
www.cuchara.be

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