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The Tram Experience – Michelin Starred Dining in Brussels

By alison - February 16, 2012 (Updated: October 26, 2015)

Tram Experience Michelin Starred Dining in Brussels, Belgium

Unveiling the Tram Experience Michelin Starred Dining in Brussels, Belgium

Normally the thought of eating in a moving vehicle conjures up images of congealed airline meals or hand-held drive-through snacks. Leave it to Brussels then to come up with a Michelin starred meal served while touring the city by tram. Welcome to the Tram Experience.

This week I had a chance to get a sneak peak at this new mobile restaurant and I must say, the concept is fascinating.

Each evening 34 passengers will dine on three courses while the tram circles Brussels.

The journey beings at Place Poelaert and continues up Avenue Louise (wont all of those chichi shoppers be jealous?). From there, the tram continues on to Flagey, Merode, Montgomery, the Tram Museum, Herrmann-Debroux, Boondaal Station and back to Poelaert via Buyl. The tram makes no stops but, luckily, there are rest-rooms onboard.

Unveiling the Tram Experience

Unveiling the Tram Experience
Unveiling the Tram Experience

The newly updated Tram Experience tram
Unveiling the Tram Experience

From the drivers seat it looks like an ordinary tram

The tram, dating back to the 1960s has been completely refitted with sleek white tables and chairs and a customised kitchen, designed by sponsor Electrolux.

Tram Experience Kitchen

3 course meals will come from this tiny high-tech kitchen.
Tram Experience Kitchen

4 ovens, 2 fridges, 2 heating racks, 2 wine fridges and an induction table make up the trams kitchen.

And because this is Brussels, we can’t just have any old chefs creating the menus. These guys are true (Michelin) stars. Lionel Rigolet, of Comme Chez Soi; Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, of L’Air du Temps; Bart De Pooter, of De Pastorale; Pascal Devalkeneer, of Le Chalet de la Forêt; Pierre Résimont, of L’Eau Vive and Thierry Theys, of Nuance.

Chefs of the Tram Experience

Tram Experience chefs, left to right: Thierry Theys, Pierre Resimont, Lionel Rigolet, Bart De Pooter and Pascal Devalkeneer
Chefs of the Tram Experience

Chefs in Belgium are like rock stars and I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the media frenzy around these guys.

Their creations will be carried out by chef and caterer, Denis Roberti. There will be 24 menus in total, changing every 15 days.

The inaugural trip of the tram will take place on a preview run, February 28th and has its first official trip on the 2nd of March. Tables on the Tram Experience are booking up fast. The price for the two hour excursion is 75€ for three courses including wine and water.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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9 comments

  1. Comment by simon

    simon February 16, 2012 at 15:16

    We’ve already booked our table for March 3rd. Really looking forward to it. Le Soir had an interesting piece about it today, about how they had to design the meal so that there’s nothing too liquidy that’s likely to spill, how they’re using extra heavy plates, and how the driver’s been trained to avoid making sudden stops. Maybe all Brussels tram (and metro, for that matter) drivers could use some of that training?

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison February 16, 2012 at 15:24

      Agreed! They could definitely use that training on the metro! There are also special shock absorbers in the seats to make them less bouncy. It will be really interesting to see how they cope with these problems. We’re booked in for May so you can let us know what to expect 🙂

  2. Comment by Rachel D

    Rachel D February 16, 2012 at 15:23

    Booked for 1 April (no joke). The website for booking was really poor – the first time it failed with no details as to why. I waited a full hour to check that I hadn’t just misunderstood and had already booked! Still, looks good!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison February 16, 2012 at 15:27

      I think they were having issues with the site as it was down for a period as I was writing this. I think they need to be better prepared for more traffic when they invite a couple hundred journalists and bloggers to write about it all at the same time 🙂

  3. Comment by bxlblog

    bxlblog February 17, 2012 at 22:50

    Thanks for this post! I checked the site a while back and there was no information and they never replied to the email I sent… Two hours for a Michelin meal seems a bit short though. Did they announce when which chefs will be preparing the menus?

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison February 20, 2012 at 10:59

      There is a schedule of which chef’s menu is being served on the website however the tables seem to be booking so quickly we just grabbed whatever date we could get 🙂

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