The Bloempot, described on their website as a Flemish canteen, is the current ‘in place’ in Lille. It was opened last August, by the popular, young finalist of the French TV series ‘Top Chef’, Florent Ladeyn, with his great friend, Kevin Rolland.
The restaurant, seating just 40, is in a former carpentry workshop, with exposed brick work and steel girders, with furnishings made from re-cycled timber. It has a rustic almost industrial feel with a quirkiness that I loved. Being tucked away behind two large blue wooden gates on ‘Butchers’ street you could easily walk straight passed without realising it is there. As you enter you feel as if you are in-the-know on a well-kept secret, something special, although with tables booked up months in advance it’s not a very well-kept secret!
I’m told that if you arrive early for lunch, there are usually a couple of tables reserved for anyone who happens to turn up on the day.
The menu is centred around simple, fresh, local produce but at lunch time at least there is no choice – simply one starter, one main course and one dessert. When I visited last month I found the scallops and aspargus starter good, if a little small with just one scallop. The veal and fennel main course was perfect and came with some very moorish potatoes but, while my companions enjoyed the dessert, I found it rather disappointing, a bit of a non-event.
And the restaurants name? That means flowerpot in Flemish.
22 rue des bouchers. 59800. Lille
Closed all day on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Midday (except Saturdays) :
19.50€ : starter and main or main and dessert, both with a drink.
25€ : starter, main and dessert with a drink.
Evening: “Les yeux fermés”
Menu 1 : 34€
Menu 2 : 40€
Menu 3 : 50€
Online bookings can be made on their website, Bloempot.fr.