Tr3s Cuisine (Leuven)

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The Place

Restaurant Tr3s Cuisine is located in the culinary heart of Leuven: ‘De Muntstraat’. In this cosy street one can find almost exclusively restaurants, going from Moroccan or Japanese cuisine to fine dining. Tr3s Cuisine bridges the gap between a bistro and a fine dining restaurant and offers interesting food at very reasonable prices.

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It is located in one of the bigger (80-120 seats!) and more beautiful three-floor buildings in De Muntstraat. The interior brings a mix between modern furniture, artworks from Marc Lagrange and an authentic wooden structure. The restaurant is managed by the dynamic couple Johan and Edith and together with the team they strive to offer an unparalleled taste experience in Leuven.

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The Chef

Pascal Van Couteren is a young and self-made chef that started his cooking career at Restaurant Tr3s Cuisine a few years ago. Pascal started with a study in event management but quickly realized that his passion lay in the world of gastronomy. The chef is completely self-taught and his main inspiration comes from cooking books and visits to colleague-chefs. In three years tie, he climbed the culinary ladder at Tr3s cuisine and since a year he is in charge of the kitchen.

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The Food

Pascal serves contemporary dishes with a creative twist and works with quality ingredients for his preparations. Our meal started with an interesting cocktail with Tequila, fresh peach and premium schweppes pink pepper tonic. Bread was also served, but we missed some salt & pepper and butter or olive oil.

To start the meal guests have an à la carte choice between several qualitative Mediterranean appetizers. We started with a plate of Mojama the Atun with almond and pepper jam and slowly cooked squid. The dried and salted tuna Mojama was delightful, the squid did not impress.

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Our first starter was Beef tartar from butcher ‘Jos Theys’, complemented by a nicely cooked and well-seasoned langoustine, croquette of quail egg and onion rings. A beautiful dish, although we could have used some more seasoning in the tartar.

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Next was Anjou pigeon, panna cotta of peas, burrata cheese, samosa with peas, chilli and lemongrass. An interesting combination with powerful flavors, which would have been perfect if the pigeon wasn’t slightly overcooked.

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The third dish was a Salad of raw tuna, bacon, crispy dim sum with bok choy, bok choy and wok vegetables, homemade sweet & chili sauce.  A rich dish where the tuna got a bit lost, but the ensemble had a very good taste altogether.

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Sea bass came with grain risotto, red pepper salsa, pickled vegetables, guacamole, grilled cucumber, rosemary. The fish was well cooked, but the guacamole was a bit overwhelming which made the dish quite the filler.

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Main course was Veal tenderloin, also from ‘Jos Theys’, cream of carrot, young carrot, green asparagus, new potatoes, black olive crumble. An excellent piece of meat.

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To close our meal we had Strawberry, white chocolate ganache, galet of white chocolate and black olive, basil semifreddo ice and basil foam.

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The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience

Tr3s Cuisine is a restaurant that shows a lot of potential. The convenient location in the centre of Leuven, the young and driven chef that clearly masters the art of cooking, and the great setting are just a few assets that makes this place worth a visit. While there still is room for improvement in the kitchen, we are sure that the chef and the team will continue to grow into one of Leuven’s top restaurants.

Belgian Taste Buds:

–          Food Buds                                                         6.5/10

–          Price/Quality Buds                                            7/10

–          Service Buds                                                    7/10

–          Experience Buds                                               6.5/10


Tr3s Cuisine

Muntstraat 20,
3000 Leuven
016 20 53 35
http://www.tr3s.be/

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