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Restaurant EssenCiel


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017, 2019 Winner


French, Belgian, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is the only restaurant where I have been asked to pay a deposit up front but now having eaten here I can understand why. Small but not cramped this restaurant is far enough away from the centre of Leuven to be out of the...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Likesmifood
Reviewed May 5, 2019

They moved to a beautiful venue in the Naamsestraat 47. Still a small (22p) restaurant but very cosy, yet modern setting with open kitchen. Young friendly staff. We had the 6-course set menu and were pleased with all 4 appetizers and the dishes. When you...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank michel l
Reviewed April 26, 2019 via mobile

We had an amazing lunch @Essenciel ! Let’s start with the cocktails. They are all home made and go far beyond the average you would expect. They don’t just mix but they put real labour into it which makes all the difference. The quality of...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Edouard50
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Business visit in Essenciel. Star level of taste and presentation. The chef presents for each course a surprise of different combinations and different tastes. Currently they can only have 18 clients, but in the near future they will move to a new place where they...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Henri T
Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

We had a good 5 course meal for a decent price. However, the drinks were way overpriced and as they didn't have a drinks menu (only food & bottles of wine starting at around € 40 on the menu) this only became clear at the...More

Date of visit: May 2017
1  Thank ASpringer
Reviewed February 28, 2017

the good part is, there were excellent dishes in our menu; the service is good and the menu is somewhat flexible (= you can have fish if you don't want meat); the chef works with excellent and top ingredients, everything fresh! (bread comes quite late)...More

Date of visit: February 2017
1  Thank Touskifo
Reviewed November 29, 2016

We went there for the lunch menu and it was very good. The dishes were light and very tasty with some asian influences.

Date of visit: November 2016
1  Thank CC C
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Creative cuisine, excellent preparations, but...very small portions, first dish contained About 10 grammes of beef, main course was hare, certainly no more than 30 grammes.yet count on 140 to 170 euro per persoon including aperitif and coffee, provided you stick to the wine selection wich...More

Date of visit: November 2016
1  Thank bruno1234Brussels
Reviewed October 18, 2016

small restaurant (app. 20cvts) with very friendly staff, situated in the busy Muntstraat. In summer there's a small terrace in the street. We had the 5 course dinner; Appetizers were good to very good. Starters were mackerel and dogfish: both fresh and correct cooked with...More

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank michel l
Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

The 4 course tasting menu with wine pairing was fabulous. I loved the attention to detail the chef has with each dish. It was a truly enjoyable experience.

Date of visit: September 2016
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