Luxembourg and more

Eating well in Luxembourg…where to go? In this section I will tell you all about my favorite places to eat and shop for food in Luxembourg and in the area around Luxembourg

Michelin stars

Luxembourg counts just one 2* restaurant…there are an number of 1* restaurants. It’s difficult to put an identity on what chefs in our little country are doing, as Luxembourg is a country that has grown substantially thanks to immigration. Therefore, amongst the Michelin starred chefs, you mainly find Italian, French and Belgian chefs….some examples of in and around Luxembourg:

  • Mosconi/2*/Luxembourg: Ilario and Simonetta Mosconi run the only 2* restaurant in the Grand Duchy. Serving high end Italian food through traditional cooking with a creative twist. Idyllic setting in the old part of the town. website
  • Ma Langue Sourit/1*/Moutfort: Cyril Molard cooks in a modern way, combining visual aspects, textures and flavours…trying to impress his guests time and time again. He is now cooking at a really nice, high level, delivering balanced menus. The interior is very special and the decoration is very original with surprising artwork… Was awarded one Michelin star…and can wish for more in the very near future…
  • La Cristallerie/1*/ Luxembourg-Ville: Within the 5* hotel Place d’Armes, Salvador Fabrice and his brigade bring you modern French cooking with top ingredients. Over the last years this team of talented chefs has relentlessly worked to take things to a higher level again and again.Excellent service and wine list.  website
  • La Distillerie/1*/Bourglinster: just east of Luxembourg city, you find the medieval town of Bourglinster with it’s beautiful castle. It is within this castle that René Mathieu brings creative cooking using local herbs and flowers. Very technical and precise cooking, exceptional setting. website
  • Clairefontaine/1*/Luxembourg-Ville: Arnaud Magnier and his wife took over this emblematic restaurant, situated opposite the residence of the Prime Minister in the political heart of Luxembourg City, from culinary monument Tony Tintinger. Arnaud was part of the team of Bernard Loiseau when he won his 3rd star. Excellent French cooking, sublime wine list, sunny terrace where lunch and dinner are served when weather permits. website
  • Victor’s Gourmet Schlossberg/3*/ Perl-Nennig/ D: Christian Bau is without doubt the best chef of the region. His precise cooking, top ingredients and brilliantly mastered fusion between European and Asian cuisine makes this restaurant a ‘must visit’. Daniel, the head sommelier is passionate about his job and about Riesling….leave the wine choice to him…you won’t regret it. Yildiz Bau is in full control of the dining room and makes sure you will have a wonderful meal at the highest level.
  • La Grappe d’Or/1*/ Torgny/ B: Clément Petitjean came to the idyllic village of Torgny in 2007 to gradually take over the fine dining restaurant La Grappe d’Or and it’s adjacent bistro l’Empreinte du Temps, after having spent a few years in Paris with some of the great chefs of that time like Guy Savoy. As the previous Chef, Mr Boulanger left the restaurant, the 1* it held back then had to be returned to Michelin….but was gained back by Clément in 2008.The chef’s cooking style is modern, but not too overly complex. He likes using flowers and herbs from the garden. He aims at using a maximum of local ingredients from small producers situated in the beautiful Gaume region surrounding the restaurant.
  • Guillou Campagne/ Schouweiler/1*: This restaurant is situated where previously La table des Guillou was based, a 2* Michelin restaurant. The previous style and concept has been completely changed when Mr and Mrs Guillou retired and their daughter, Katell took over…she opted for upmarket country cooking and for me she succeeded brilliantly….even making her neighbouring Toit pour Toi, which holds 1*, look like it’s suffering to keep up with what is being prepared here. The menu offers a limited number of dishes, but some of them change frequently and there is also a daily changing 3 course lunch. Their oysters are amongst the best I’ve ever had in Luxembourg… The wine list features well chosen bottles and also here, there are frequent changes… Interior is very nice and tastefully decorated, with a series of small rooms housing the tables, with two cosy, fully operational fire places. Great outside terrace, with a lovely view on the garden and the small pond. Yes, depending on your choice of dishes and wine, it can be a bit expensive, but quality is consistent and very good…I certainly recommend this restaurant for a fine dining experience in Luxembourg. Finally, I would like to pay my respect to Mr and Mrs Guillou for their long career in fine dining in Luxembourg. I am very grateful to see that they are still very present in the restaurant…Mr Guillou oversees the activity in the kitchen and Mrs Guillou guides the service staff in a way only she can…she sees and notices everything and doesn’t hesitate to give gentle but strict instructions to the waiting staff…brilliant and rightfully rewarded with a Michelin star in the 2016 red guide for Luxembourg
Cool places to eat
  • Bistronome/Strassen: Jean-Charles Hospital, cuisinier
    Philippe L’Hôpital, maître d’hôtel, sommelier….two well known personalities of the Luxembourg restaurant scene decided to join forces and launch the Bistronome in Strassen, near Luxembourg city. They previously have worked together at Wengé when it had its most successful years…Traditional bistro cuisine, lifted up by this talented chef who at times creates dishes that can only be described as perfect. Excellent deserts and a great wine list only make you wonder why oh why some restaurants are hyped and get a Michelin star and this one does not (at least…not yet)…
  • Two6Two: This restaurant is conveniently integrated into the SMETS lifestyle/fashion store. Creative cooking by Julien Elles and his team, exceptional meat preparation (make sure to pre-order). Nice wine list. Trendy interior… website
  • Divino: Italian restaurant situated literally in the heart of the Vinissimo shop (see below),tasty italian specialties, mainly cured meats, cheese, pasta….  website
  • Owstellgleis: Situated opposite the old trainstation of Hostert, at the border of a beautiful forest, this very cosy, attractive little restaurant combines funky music with simple, tasty and straightforward food…Also have a look at the walls where artists frequently showcase new creations, which you can buy. Fabulous outside seating…  website

Shopping for food and more

  • Vinissimo: great Italian Deli and wine store, a wide offering of cured meats, cheeses and other specialties as well as a huge choice of Italian (and French) quality wines website
  • Maison Steffen: Frank Steffen is THE reference when it comes to meat in Luxembourg…With butcher shops across the country he brings us the finest beef and other meat from across Europe. Surprisingly enough he is also very well known for his vegetarian creations… website
  • Les Paniers de Sandrine: In 2012 Sandrine started to farm organic vegetables, herbs and fruits. Ever since she has become a preferred supplier of many of the top restaurants in Luxembourg. Her farm shop open Tuesday and Friday from 03:00pm to 07:00pm website

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