TRIED & TESTED
Michelin star restaurant in a former chapel
4 August 2020
It was the hottest opening of 2020: Le Pristine in Antwerp. A restaurant for anyone who loves Italian food with a touch of Zeeland. Chef Sergio Herman is bringing his favorite kitchens together.
Next to fashion store Verso you’ll find the entrance to Le Pristine. The restaurant is divided into two areas. A cafe for a quick, yet extremely good, pasta or an apero and the restaurant for an extensive celebration of Italian cuisine with a Zeeland touch. Such as tartar from vitello tonnato, a salad with European lobster, ravioli with langoustines or ossobucco ‘Le Pristine’. The dessert (homemade vanilla ice cream with red fruits) got a huge amount of comments on my Instagram because of its looks, but also probably because of the red fruits hidden in the ice cream shell.
The interior is designed by Space Copenhagen (known for 11 Howard in New York and the now closed 108 Copenhagen). They were inspired by the use of color by Dutch and Flemish painters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer and therefore decided to go for a dark palette with lots of gray and green. Art plays a major role in the restaurant anyway. The bar is made by Sabine Marcelis and the Cheese Punching Bag is a design by Studio Molen.
The large black and white artwork above the open kitchen is made by Rinus Van de Velde. Originally not calculated in the budget, but when Sergio saw it, he was sold. The image shows a dining room with several set tables recently been left by guests while the staff is cleaning the space. Not only does it fit perfectly above the kitchen, but it also shows the perfect hospitality vibe: messy, guests who enjoyed their night out and a unique atmosphere.
Check out: www.lepristine.com
Lange Gasthuisstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium