The big news is the inclusion of two new two-star restaurants: Bon-Bon in Brussels, with chef Christophe Hardiquest at the helm, and Bartholomeus, in Knokke-Heist, where the kitchen brigade is led by chef Bart Desmidt.
Not unexpectedly, the guide is once again Flanders-heavy, with 12 new one-star restaurants in the region. Wallonia gets an additional four one-stars as well, with two for Brussels. The dominant storyline here is Villa Lorraine's return to the one-star club. The restaurant is a bit of an institution in Belgium's capital.
All told, the 2014 Michelin Guide to Belgium and Luxembourg features a record 132 star-worthy restaurants (three three-star, 17 two-star, 112 one-star) and 155 Bib Gourmand restaurants, the designation that recognizes "high-quality restaurants that offer a complete three- course meal for no more than 35 euros". The three-star establishments – De Karmeliet in Bruges, Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem and Hertog Jan in Sint-Michiels – remain unchanged from last year.