Love. Eat. Share. Smile.

Only a few short months after closing their three-star restaurant Hertog Jan in December 2018, Gert De Mangeleer and Joachim Boudens opened their new restaurant: a revamped version of their sharing restaurant L.E.S.S. The new L.E.S.S. by Hertog Jan*** is a cosy eatery with international allure, where you can satisfy your culinary cravings large and small in the familiar L.E.S.S. style. The restaurant also boasts a stylish and surprising interior.

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The L.E.S.S. kitchen team, under the daily management of Chef Ruige Vermeire, creates delicious dishes inspired by worldly flavours. The menu includes things that Gert enjoys at home with friends and family, such as a Marrakesh burger, Peruvian ceviche, and Hong Kong dim sum. Joachim provides an exquisite selection of wines and beers, abandoning the well-trodden path in favour of new discoveries from around the world.

L.E.S.S. by Hertog Jan*** presents surprising worldly flavours in a warm and inspiring interior, accompanied by the eclectic playlists of Belgian DJ and producer Buscemi.

The L.E.S.S. interior sports a brutalist design, in which there is room for warm materials and distressed wooden tables, its textured walls, and its nubuck leather sofa and refined textiles. At the same time, the visible techniques in the ceiling and the use of patinated metal create a fascinating contrast with international allure.

L.E.S.S opted for the 'Urbanist Ceramics' series by Serax. With a clear predilection for simple shapes and a rough concrete finish, 'Urbanist Ceramics' by eccentric French designer Frédérick Gautier is an ode to Brutalism and architecture. The works of architectural masters like Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer are clearly reflected in this series: in its massive size on which to showcase the food; in its robustness and solidity, like an impenetrable concrete wall; and in the austerity of its subtle earth tones.

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The undisputed eye-catchers in the room are the oxblood-coloured concrete floor, the lowered kitchen counter that can seat seventeen, and the chunky leather sofa that would be more at home in a living room than a restaurant. Two additional eye-catchers are the terrace and the veranda, where Gert and Joachim opted for AUGUST chairs designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Serax.
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