Double Michelin-starred Belgian chef Piet Huysentruyt will open a pop-up restaurant at The Conservatory on Happy Valley Road.
The pop-up restaurant is a visiting version of Huysentruyt’s Likoké Restaurant in Les Vans, situated in France’s Rhône Valley. Huysenstruyt says that “Everything at Likoké has always been about a story, about roots, soul and emotion and art.” With this philosophy a ‘standard’ pop-up restaurant as a way to keep busy during the French winter simply wouldn’t do and eventually developed into a world tour – “just as a rock band would do.”
Their first destination was Huysenstruyt’s native Belgium, followed by stopovers in Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. Franschhoek is the restaurant’s last and only African stop before heading back home. The restaurant team is being followed by a TV crew, writer and photographer with a view to publishing a book about their culinary world tour.
Huysentruyt attended the Ter Duinen Culinary Institute against his parents’ wishes. He went on to work at some of Belgium’s and France’s most prestigious culinary institutions before opening his own eponymous eatery in the late 1980s. His efforts were rewarded with a Michelin star in 1994.
True to his rebellious nature his cuisine became famous for revolutionary combinations of noble ingredients and offal.
Likoké welcomed its first diners in 2013 and received a Michelin star a mere five months later. The Gault et Millau Restaurant Guide awarded it three toques later the same year as well as its Discovery of the Year accolade. Today the restaurant is ranked 39th on the WBP Stars World's Best Restaurants List.
Likoké will be open between 28 February and 15 March.