Innesto Revisit (Houthalen)
Koen Verjans is the chef and manager of restaurant Innesto and is one of Belgium’s most promising talents. The chef was born in 1984 but cooks like an experienced and mature chef and presents inventive, beautifully presented dishes. He learnt the cooking magic in famous restaurants like Oud Sluis, De Librije and‘t Zilte and presents his own vision on gastronomy in restaurant Innesto.
Koen always chooses for top products and prepares light dishes with great attention for a correct acid balance, flavour cohesion, intensity and elegance. A type of kitchen that is quite typical for the Benelux countries, but at Innesto it is executed in an almost perfect way.
We revisited the restaurant on the 12th of October 2013 for a report for wbpstars.com and tasted the following menu:
North Sea crab and Tuna
In different preparations, chiboust of dashi and citrus, fresh cucumber
Gently cooked, Mediterranean vegetables and spices, emulsion of peppers, juice of bouillabaisse
North Sea Sole
Potatoes with young leek, girolles, juice of sole and butter milk
Pigeon from Anjou
Compote of roasted artichoke, chicory and crispy potatoes, juice with garam masala
Cheeses by Peter Verbruggen
Pineapple, sorrel and vanilla
Fluffy cream of cream cheese and vanilla, pineapple and fresh sorrel
Peach and white chocolate
In different preparations with orange-blossom, almond and yoghurt
At restaurant Innesto, Koen Verjans is accompanied by his charming girlfriend Sofie De la Rivière, who is responsible for the service and the wines. She presents international wines with a great price-quality ratio. Guests can choose between a wine pairing arrangement with the menus, or a bottle from the wine menu. Ask Sofie for a small tour in the beautiful wine cellar, she will be happy to show you around.
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
Once again, Innesto surprised us with beautiful and very tasteful dishes and a perfectly executed version of the contemporary Benelux cuisine. Koen Verjans continues to cook his way to the top and if he and his team succeed to grow and dare to develop their ambition, Innesto might become one of the next top restaurants in Belgium.
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 8.5/10
– Service Buds 7.5/10
– Wine Pairing Buds 7/10
– Price/Quality Buds 8/10
– Experience Buds 8/10
Grote Baan 9
011 525 525