Niels Brants ©Michaël Dehaspe

Niels Brants (25 years old) is a Flanders Kitchen Rebel from Leuven. His restaurant is called 'Essenciel'.

Facts & figures and Cuisine

Essenciel ©Michaël Dehaspe

Facts and figures
Gault&Millau rating: 14/20
Michelin: 1 couvert (fork and spoon)
Seats: 24

In 2013, Brants settled into Leuven’s most important restaurant street and took on a huge gamble. He has made his mark with fresh, modern dishes with beautiful structures and pure flavours.

Visiting Niels Brant’s swinging kitchen

Niels Brants ©Michaël Dehaspe

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‘Mature entrecôte or a nice pigeon, such a pleasure to prepare!’

‘We always play our music loud in the kitchen. To keep up the mood and the pace.’

From the stove to the decks
‘In the evening I live it up on my DJ set-up. Pure relaxation!’

Viki Geunes, ’t Zilte
‘I find Viki’s cuisine enormously appealing. His innovative thinking and interesting combinations have been inspiring me for years!’

Sweet Dreams
Pentahotel, Alfons Smetslaan 7, 3000 Leuven,


Muntstraat 23, 3000 Leuven
+32 (0)16 29 06 00
Closed: Monday, Saturday lunchtime, & Sunday

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