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L'Essentiel

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Rue Roger Clement 32 - Temploux, Namur, Belgium
+32 81 56 86 16
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great dinner for reasanable price

I visited L'essentiel with a client on a thursday evening, the restaurant was full: always a good sign. We took the 'Menu Ballade' with 5 courses @ 65 EUR: great value for money for a Michelin star restaurant. Superbe service, great food, I will go back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Luk S
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Nossegem, Belgium
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Nossegem, Belgium
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I visited L'essentiel with a client on a thursday evening, the restaurant was full: always a good sign. We took the 'Menu Ballade' with 5 courses @ 65 EUR: great value for money for a Michelin star restaurant. Superbe service, great food, I will go back!

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Brussels, Belgium
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I had an amazing vegan lunch in the Michelin starred restaurant L’Essentiel in Temploux (Wallonia). We called one day ahead to ask whether it was possible to eat a vegan menu as this wasn’t advertised on their own website nor on the ViaMichelin site. The lady on the phone (owner) said directly: “OK, no animal ingredients at all right?” This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been treated to dinner here on 2 occasions and both visits were out of this world. The food was divine, the wine choices spot on, the service excellent. Easily among the best meals I have ever tasted. If you get the chance to go, you really must.

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Chaumont-Gistoux, Belgium
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've been to this restaurant to celebrate many special occasions and I've never been disappointed. Through the years, these couple who run this resto in such a great tandem has maintained consistency from the series of mise-en-bouche to the irresistible wide choices of well-selected "fromages" and the array of calorie-worth-desserts that follow it. What makes l'Essentiel even more exceptional for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

we experience a very slow service (not enough people for the number of tables) and we were very astonished with the "help yourself" remark of one of the waiter. The food was nice but without extraordinary discovering. Finally a very broad but so expensive wine choice make this evening not a remarkable one.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Expensive for what you get ... We tried 3 different main courses and 2 of them were not at the level of the expectation : the meat was not cooked at the best (poule faisande and chevreuille) and very poor quantity for the vegetables (different mixtures or puree). The restaurant is a nice place and the service was perfect. The... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Since a couple of years, I visit this restaurant with a nearby customer and every time, we are surprised of the value one gets for the price of 50€/pp for a 3 course business lunch, including wines and coffee. This restaurant should be an example!

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Visited here on Valentines day the restaurant was very busy we had the Menu Dégustation with the wine selection. The restaurant interior is very pretty and creates a lovely romantic atmosphere with lit candles and red roses on the table. The food is beautifully prepared, delicious and the selection of freshly baked breads (particularly the parmesan) mouth watering. Food wise... More 

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Dion-le-Mont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is a one-Michelin star restaurant but deserves more! We've been here more than 10 times since we've discovered it in 2008 and never have we been disappointed. Food and wine are always exceptional and service is warm and efficient. Always better to book as every time we fancy to dine there on last minute basis, it's always fully booked.

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Belgium, Europe
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

A place to discover. Away from the noise, close to Namur,not far from Brussels south airport,..Road Sombreffe-Namur, .at the end of a small sidelane. Very nice garden-terrace in case of a sunny day. Large parking place. Meals are fabulous to see (piece of art) and to eat. Price are exceptionnal for this quality ( 04/2012 : +- 60€/menu, businesslunch at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rue Roger Clement 32 - Temploux, Namur, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Wallonia  >  The Ardennes  >  Namur Province  >  Namur
  • Phone Number: +32 81 56 86 16

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  • Cuisine: French

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