JER (Just Eat Right) – Hasselt
Restaurant JER (Just Eat Right) is a fine dining restaurant in the center of Hasselt. It is awarded with one Michelin star and a 16/20 score in the Gault&Millau guide. The 40-seat restaurant is established in a townhouse with beautiful high ceilings near the Dusart square.
The interior of the former mansion can be described as classic with a contemporary twist. Black and brown are the main colors in the dining room, spacious tables provide a luxurious and relaxing setting.
We visited the restaurant for the first time in 2011, but were not entirely convinced of the experience during this first visit. The past few months, however, we heard many positive things from this restaurant – reason enough for a return visit.
Chef Wim Schildermans cooks in a contemporary way and serves modern, tasteful dishes. The young chef got the chance to develop himself at the kitchen of restaurant JER. Manager John Wijnjes gave him carte blanche to create an accessible, modern cooking style. The chef uses a classic, savory basis but ads fresh or sour accents to create contrast in the dishes. The kitchen of JER evolved during the past few years and Wim strives to optimize his dishes every day. At restaurant JER guests have the option between a limited à la carte menu, or a tasting menu in 3 (€ 45), 4 (€65) or 5 (€ 85) courses. An all-inclusive lunch menu (3 courses) is also available for € 65.
We opted for the 5 course menu (€ 85 or € 150 for the all-inclusive option) and were spoiled with tasty snacks, flavourful contemporary cuisine and a proper service.
Cone of lamb, couscous, Moroccan spices
Rillette of mackerel, toast
Avocado, lemon cucumber, olive oil ice
Asian snack with fresh water, noodles, coriander, soy, radish
Roasted cod, black garlic, fennel
Sole, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnips, walnut
Brill, artichoke, 2 x onion, gravy of ham, chore
Sorbet, lemon geranium, champagne, violet
Duck breast, carrot, sauce made with hay
Coffee, candied chicory ice from ginger beer, passion fruit coulis
Coffee and sweets
Marshmellow with vanilla and orange blossom
Pear with basmati rice
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
We were pleasantly surprised by our second visit of restaurant JER. The kitchen evolved to one of Hasselt’s best and chef Wim surprises with tasteful, beautiful compositions. The convenient location, friendly atmosphere and the correct service provide additional advantages. A restaurant that deserves a visit!
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 7.5/10
– Wine Pairing Buds 7/10
– Service Buds 7.5/10
– Price/Quality Buds 7.5/10
– Experience Buds 7.5/10