Kasteel Diependael (Elewijt)
Restaurant “Kasteel Diependael” is established in a small eighteenth century castle in Elewijt, a town near Brussels. The place already served as a hunting/country manor and a hotel, and was transformed to a restaurant in 1989. The owners renovated it with modern elements and art while trying to keep the authentic feeling and allure. We felt this combination missed some warmth and charm.
The restaurant is managed by Noël Neckebroeck (chef) and Rita Neckebroeck (wines and service). The chef obtained a first Michelin star in 1996, and a 16/20 score in Gault Millau in 2005. He uses traditional ingredients cooked in a contemporary manner, without taking too many risks.
We enjoyed the special promotion menu “Avondje Uit” (a promotion in collaboration with the “Uit Magazine”):
Aperitif with appetizers
I haven’t got many notes on the wine – they were OK, but not memorable. We had a Crémant sparkling wine as aperitif, which was of the same quality – OK.
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
Kasteel Diependael is a good example of a more traditional “chique/classy” restaurant, where you can eat fine but in quite a programmed, standard and unsurprising way.
The promotion menu “Avondje Uit” costs 55 euro, all included. We felt this was a normal price for this menu, but we would not have felt entirely comfortable paying the regular non-promotion price (+ 70 euro).
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 6.5/10
– Wine Pairing Buds 6/10
– Price/Quality Buds 7/10
– Experience Buds 6/10