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“Perfect dinner in a perfect atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sel Gris

Sel Gris
Ranked #3 of 248 Restaurants in Knokke-Heist
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $97 - $173
Cuisines: French, Belgian, European, Central European, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brussels, Belgium
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect dinner in a perfect atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

We organised a surprise dinner at Sel Gris for a special family occasion. Since this was a special occasion, everything had to be perfect and we had a number of special requests that were all kindly accommodated by the maître d'hôtel. The chef welcomed us and personally explained some modifications to the menu for two persons with special dietary requests, which made us all feel immediately at home.

The decoration of the restaurant is nice and clean; modern but still warm and welcoming. Because of its location on the beach front, the restaurant has a relaxing holiday vibe to it. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

The menu - from the appetizers right to the dessert - was simply delicious. All courses were very well dressed with lots of eye for detail and with an original touch (stone plates, exceptionally tall glasses, tomato jelly in the form of a tomato which is kind of funny when you see it etc.). The cuisine is modern (with foam and liquids, difference in temperature of the different ingredients etc.), but you are able to immediately recognise what the main ingredients are. As a surplus it is possible to have a cheese tray. If you're a big eater, this is a must. The cheese is served at your table from a trolley with an enormous variety of different sorts of cheese and garnitures. If you are not a connoisseur just let the waiter surprise you, you won't be disappointed.

We took the menu with wines included and were not disappointed. The chef combined each dish with an exceptionally good and unknown wine (it is good to go off the beaten path and discover some less known wine regions).

We visited during the high season (summer) and were all able to park pretty nearby the restaurant (which is not always the case in Knokke).

Price-quality ratio is fair for a restuarant of this standing. You can keep your bill under control by taking the menu with the wine selection included.

Sel Gris is suitable for a romantic dinner, a family dinner and business lunches or dinners. A true all-rounder.

To sum up. Sel Gris is definitely worth it's Michelin Star. My guess is that they might not be far off a second Michelin Star. Compliments to the chef!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Ghent, Belgium
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

every dish is like a little painting and the taste, combinations of ingredients, ... are amazing! very friendly staff, beautifull restaurant, views on the sea.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KarinC15
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not worthy of a michelin star”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2011

Went there expecting fresh, modern, inspiring cuisine. What we got: bland food, lacking acidity, depth and inspiration. Staff announcing in over theatrical way what's on your plate. Cheeses for dessert very common, even boring - i'd expect a modern chef to look in his vincinity for artisans creating the best.
Accompanying wines nice but not at all surprising or even memorable.
And for all this they dare charging 300 euro!
I will never go there again, and I am very surprised how they manage to keep their Michelin star.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NotoriousGemini
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