36-38 ST-LAURENT STREET, 1000 BRUSSELS
+32 472 049 580 – SITE WEB
OPEN FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY
FROM 12 TO 3PM AND FROM 6PM TO 10:30PM
After six years in Noma’s kitchens, Yannick Van Aeken opened his restaurant in Brussels, right next to the music label PIAS. And unlike what most people would have expected, he did not go reaching for the star. Well at least not quite yet.
Together with his Filipino co-founder Glen Ramaekers, they created a surprising menu, based on discovery and authentic flavour combinations. Their philosophy, sharing is caring, is perfectly reflected in their small plates to share. Their menu is inspired by the Filipino cuisine and divided into themes : Small Humphrey, Humphrey Light, Umami and old school. All ranging between 9 and 18 euros.
The buffalo wings with celeriac and blue cheese sauce is definitely a must. We also tried a scallop and leek carpaccio, a roasted avocado with spring onions and a sweet potato Kare Kare, and finished off with an incredibly perfectly grilled octopus, picked in the “Umami” column. The scallops simply melted in our mouths, and the grilled avocado topped with spring onions and fresh chilies was a complete discovery which we directly fell in love with. And the Kare Kare, well it was a flavour explosion, nothing less.
The interior renovation, carried out by the master Frederic Nicolay himself, gives the restaurant a very laid-back atmosphere, which is rarely combined with this kind of cuisine. Two parallel green marble counters lie diagonally accros the room, setting the limits of the open kitchen. The wooden tables are dimly lit, making the rest of the restaurant disappear into the dark, resulting in a both very casual and intimate atmosphere. A perfect balance we can find in every bit of what Humphrey has to offer.