A lot of new restaurants are really hyped and can pop up on almost every blog or magazine. Which is of course not wrong at all, especially when they are worth the publicity. But than there are those restaurants that are already there for a longer time, offering delicious food without the larger public knowing it. One of these restaurants is Le Coriandre in Watermaal-Bosvoorde/Watermael-Boitsfort, close to the Sonian Forest. Le Coriandre is run by chef Damien Vanderhoeven and his wife Agnes and is a place where the quality of ingredients and food are constantly on high level.
Service is warm and professional and the interior of the restaurant has a warm modern feel. Every time we visit Le Coriandre we let them surprise us with one of their menus and also last time this was a real delight. Let’s have a look on what we had on our plates.
We started with some tasty appetizers, a warm creamy carrot/pumpkin soup, a great combination of wild mushrooms with soft boiled egg and than a refreshing combination of smoked fish, avocado and a pimento cream. The first dish was a surprisingly great combination of cold tartare of Irish beef and warm foie gras, this all in a fresh and very nice sauce of soja, yuzu and vietnamese coriander.
This could have been a disaster, as non of us is a real fan of red meat, let alone foie gras, but all of had to admit this was a perfect refreshing dish with a great match of French and Asian flavors.
The second dish was a perfectly cooked piece of hake with a light butter foam, a cream of persil and jerusalem artichoke mash. A simple dish that perfectly matched the different ingredients with respect for each one of them.
The main dish was nice tender piece of wild colbert duck combined with a great fig chutney, a paste of almond, green cabbage and ginger. A surprising mix of ingredients which were perfectly combined. This pleasant meal was finished by a light dessert of chocolate, raspberry and beetroot. Every time we leave Le Coriandre we only wonder why we don’t come here more often.
Opening Hours : Tue – Fri : 12h00 – 13h30 and 19h00 – 21h30 / Saturday : 19h00 – 21h30 / Closed on Sunday and Monday