Some restaurants you would go to just for the interior. The French Japanese restaurant Roji in Antwerp is such a place as well as L’Improbable in Brussels (Ixelles). The warm welcome and the great food do the rest.
L’Improbable is led by Michaël de Kerchove and Christophe Kennes. These two have been working together for a decade. Gourmet Michaël is the man behind the highly inspired menu, while decorateur Christophe took care of the atmosphere and the decor. Together they have created a beautiful place with plenty of charm from past and present. An extraordinary restaurant that can simply be enjoyed to the fullest.
Every room of L’Improbable in Brussels combines an industrial look with brick walls and metal tubes, light shafts, wooden and marble elements, comfortable chairs and lots of candles. New York Meat Packing Distict meets Paris by Night you could say. The interior is a subtle mix that keeps the ideal middle between rough and oh so cozy romantic! But there is so much more to it than meets the eye: apart from the extraordinary setting the kitchen is mouth-watering and the prices are justified. Seems like the perfect restaurant? Well it is!
L’Improbable opened its doors about 3 years ago and the location is absolutely unique and extraordinary. Apart from the car that welcomes us at the entrance, only the metal beams, the brick walls and the pit remind us of the former garage. The latter now hosts the best wines an functions as a luminous vitrine. On the ground floor you can enjoy your aperitif in a comfortable Chesterfield before you take a seat at one of the tables.
On the first floor, you can choose between the warmly decorated room or the terrace, high above the wild roar of the city. The top floor finally serves as a cozy salon for a cigar or a digestif: sofas and armchairs, leather and candles… but when we take a peek it seems like deserted.
The denomination ‘bistronomy’ is so popular today that it has lost some of its meaning. But at L’Improbable one still knows what this word stands for. The menu is anything but complicated: here you can enjoy a simple yet refined kitchen. Delicious dishes based on fresh seasonal products, always with an original touch that makes the difference.
Chef Matthieu Lambert gathered experience in several kitchens. At L’Improbable he applies his great talent to a rather small menu: eight starters and eight main courses that change every two months. That way he can explore his creativity while the quality of the dishes remains constant.
If you come for lunch, you can choose between two first and two main courses. They change every week and go along with the seasons.
We start with this liquid egg surrounded with chapelure from squid ink with asparagus and shrimps. A delight for our taste buds. The asparagus are very tasty and each element of the dish we can discover in its purest taste.
The wine menu offers some delightful surprises. Together with the neighboring Maison Mouchart L’Improbable offers an inspiring, original wine list. An important plus: almost all wines on the menu, including some very exclusive ones, can be ordered by the glass. A rare pleasure.
We also try the gyozas made from scallops. Something we haven’t found on a menu yet but so delicious. The coriander gives the dish an exotic freshness.
Thanks to their years of experience, both restaurateurs know very well that an extraordinary setting, an excellent chef and a mouth-watering menu are not enough: in the end the service is decisive. That is why they have put together a highly professional, experienced and above all friendly team.
This dish with tempura from courgette flower and octopus drenched in beetroot is a great mix of sweet and salty. The risotto with squid ink, onion and cheese gives the dish a creamy aspect. Yummie!
Regular visitors are acknowledged and every customer can count on a friendly word. You will feel welcome in this restaurant. Even those who only want to drink a glass of wine can count on a warm welcome.
The stuffed chicken melts in our mouth and combines great with the israelian coucous.
L’Improbable offers an inspired, delicate, mouth-watering kitchen in an extraordinary setting, combined with a cordial service and a wine list that will delight even the most demanding nose!
A classic Dame Blanche extra delicious thanks to the amaretto biscotto.
Open in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday and in the afternoon from Tuesday to Friday. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Rue Eugène Cattoir 5, 1050 Ixelles, tel. 02-344.09.00, www.restaurant-limprobable.be
If you are lucky you can try one of the reserved ten parking spots at Avenue General Jacques.