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.
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.
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.
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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