Belgium has traditionally been infatuated with good food, and it’s not surprising that it’s home to a fair number of refined and often Michelin-starred restaurants. But despite the sophistication, the country’s culinary scene became somewhat sedate, and it took an audacious Dutchman to shake it all up. Sergio Herman is a lauded chef who managed two highly popular establishments just across the Dutch border. After years of dedication he felt it was time for the next level, and he found it in the The Jane. Housed in a former military chapel in the suburbs of Antwerp, Herman’s new restaurant is very much a holistic approach to hospitality. From the restaurant interior to the menu and even the staff uniforms, every detail has been scrutinized. Supervised by Dutch architect Piet Boon, the chapel has been fully restored while some sections have been retained to show off the original patina. Furnishings are simple and modern, grouped in cozy configurations along the walls and in the center, below a spectacular chandelier. The altar has made way for an open kitchen encased in glass, allowing diners a full view of the action inside. The Jane restaurant serves three types of set dinners, boasting a cosmopolitan range of dishes and flavours. These are paired with fine wines, including some organic options. Up on the mezzanine floor, aptly named the upper room bar, guests are seated along a teppanyaki-style bar. The menu here is more concise and lists small gourmet bites, paired with signature cocktails and artisanal beers. The Jane has been besieged by eager fans of chef Sergio Herman ever since it opened. We advise you to book your table well in advance.
The Jane Paradeplein 1
Telephone +32 3 8084465