A Wonderful Souvenir

Are you feeling the same way we are? Do you have an irrepressible urge to focus on all that’s real, all that’s essential in life? Well luckily there’s Souvenir, a real culinary gem located in Ypres, Belgium, just 30 minutes from Lille. We don’t think you’ll be able to resist this restaurant for very long. With its contemporary decor of whites mixed with pale wooden furniture, Souvenir exudes serenity as soon as you walk through the front door. This restaurant, opened a mere two years ago, provides a refined setting that allows the talented Icelandic chef Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson to fully express his own aesthetic and inventiveness. The produce used here reigns supreme, and this can be seen in the the quality of the vegetables the chef is fond of. Luckily the rich Flemish land of the Westhoek region serves as a wonderful inspiration. The result is dishes that are subtle, delicate and delicious. Each course is based on three main ingredients scrupulously chosen so that each one stands out on its own while also all combining beautifully. For lunch: Carrots / Buttermilk / Coriander. Turbot / Sorrel/ Salsify. White cabbage / Brussels sprouts / Purslane. Duck breast/ Beets/ Chinese artichoke. Mackerel/ Clams/ Celery. For dessert, Apple / Rosemary. Result : a perfect balance of flavours and textures. You’ll enjoy a culinary discovery with each mouthful. The wines here (Vilhi’s other passion) tend to be all natural, and the wine list is quite lengthy, boasting wines from small producers from around the world: France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Slovenia… These are joyous and sometimes surprising wines, creating a very pleasant harmony with the restaurant’s creative cuisine. «Happiness is not an experience, but rather a memory» is the motto written on the menu. I would even dare say that happiness is Souvenir.

Surmont de Volsbergestraat 12 in Ypres (Belgium)
Tel : 00 32 57 36 06 06
Closed Mondays and Sundays
Open Saturdays for lunch (upon request)
Online reservations on their site
Menu at 38 € (3 dishes)
Menu at 58 € (5 dishes)
Menu at 78 € (7 dishes) evenings only

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Lille Confidential ? Only the best ! Du style, du beau, du bon, du chic et du trendy. Mode, food, sorties, déco, culture, évasion, beauté, c’est une sélection pointue et haut de gamme des plus belles adresses de Lille et de ses environs, du Nord de la France et de la Belgique. Et des nouveautés, des incontournables et des idées insolites.


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