Le coq aux Champs (Soheit-Tinlot, Belgium)
Restaurant le Coq aux Champs is the gastronomic restaurant of Christophe Pauly, located in Soheit-Tinlot in Wallonia, Belgium. It is awarded with 1 Michelin star and a score of 17/20 in the Gault&Millau guide. The restaurant is located in the beautiful ‘Condroz’ region between the green and the fields. Restaurant Le Coq aux Champs (meaning ‘the rooster in the fields’) was founded in the seventies but in 2003, Chef Patron Christophe Pauly and his wife Catherine Pauly took over the restaurant.
Le Coq aux Champs is housed in an old homestead with a cosy outdoor terrace and a separate private dining room.
The interior is contemporary, combining an authentic stone floor with modern interior decorations and lots of wood. The wooden tables and other elements were specifically created for the restaurant by local craftsman. Most tables offer a view on the big open kitchen which creates a dynamic and honest atmosphere. Catherine Pauly is responsible for the interior and created a dining space focused on the senses, where only the necessary elements were kept.
The chef & the food
Chef Christophe Pauly worked together with big chefs like Eric Martin from restaurant Lemonnier in Belgium and Michel Troisgros from restaurant Troisgros in France.
Service at le Coq aux Champs is led by his wife Catherine Pauly and is professional and flawless. The team knows how to please business as well as leisure guests and everybody feels at home. The wine selection by the professional sommelier is very interesting and highly recommended to pair the chef his menus.
From the very beginning in Le Coq aux Champs, Christophe Pauly has opted for excellent products. He makes his choice from the best producers, local products and exceptional appellations. He prefers to leave his ingredients recognisable and only adds what he thinks is necessary to complete the dish. This results in a minimalistic kitchen that is rich in flavour and products. At Le Coq aux Champs, guests have the choice between a menu in three to five courses or choose dishes à la carte. The price/quality ratio is excellent.
We had lunch at Le Coq aux Champs in April 2016 and enjoyed the following menu:
Haddock, beetroot and young egg
Tartelette, yogurt, sesame
‘Amandes de mer’ herbs and leek
Shrimps, tomatoes, lemon, milk, bouillabaisse sauce
Asparagus from Stéphane Longelune, almonds and melon
Bol d’iod: Foie gras, oyster, algues, ginger, dashi and cucumber
Sole, wine, viennoise, morels
‘Pigeon Supreme’ baked in salt crust, verbena and green vegetables
Parmentier with curry and anise
Vacherin, rhubarb, farm milk, infusion of leaves and flowers
Pumpkin, honey, hazelnuts
Sweet violet sorbet
‘Le fou est Belge’
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
Restaurant le Coq aux Champs is one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the Walloon area of Belgium. Chef Christophe Pauly manages to combine top-quality ingredients, a traditional cooking base, and modern kitchen techniques into a contemporary dining experience. Service and wine pairing are great as well, resulting in a very pleasant overall dining experience.
Belgian Taste Buds:
– Food Buds 8.5/10
– Wine Buds 8/10
– Price/Quality Buds 8.5/10
– Service Buds 8.5/10
– Experience Buds 8/10
Le Coq aux Champs
Rue du montys 71
Phone: +32 85 51 20 14