CADZAND: Pure C is open again after a complete refurbishment of the two-star restaurant in Cadzand-Bad in Zeeland that took two months.
Syrco Bakker and Sergio Herman completely demolished the interior and are now ready to welcome guests again just in time for Pure C’s 10th anniversary.
Chef Syrco Bakker said the choice in the interior design are consistent with the vision that they established with Pure C. “We have created an environment that does full justice to our Zeeland produce and to my pure kitchen while respecting the spectacular view and the unique surroundings we find ourselves in,” the chef of the restaurant said.
Sergio Herman said that since establishing the restaurant 10 years ago, Pure C has developed into a popular destination. “Syrco is capitalising on his talent: his cooking style appeals to a very large audience and righty so. Judging by the reactions of our guests to house Pure C in a pavilion, I am convinced we have succeeded in giving both Syrco and Pure C the stage they deserve,” said the former chef of the legendary Oud Sluis.
The interior oozes hospitable ambition and dovetails more than ever with the vision, mission and strength of the renowned restaurant. Both in the kitchen and the dining room a strong emphasis is placed on craft, quality and creativity. A visit to Pure C has always been synonymous with a unique culinary experience that pays homage to the sampling and sharing of local and seasonal flavours.
The freshly completed total renovation should also be seen in this light. Whereas Syrco Bakker has gone in search of taste nuances since 2010, the team at Cadzand-based architectural firm Paras Concepts joined forces with Sergio Herman’s concept studio SH19 to do the same for the brand-new interior design. The end result of the renovation exudes a level of purity matched by the expertise and creativity of
Syrco Bakker and his team.The designers went in search of unique combinations of materials and colours that inspire and invite. The result is a coherent overall concept that hinges on the comfort level and spatial experience of both the guests and the entire Pure C team.
Upon their arrival guests are immediately immersed in a delicately balanced whole of warm hues, copious amounts of wood and striking art and design objects. The latter have been curated with the utmost care by Sergio Herman and his concept studio SH19. For instance, artist Frederik Molenschot of Studio Molen created a bespoke 11-metre-long light sculpture especially for Pure C. The cork-clad fireplace is by the hand of Cédric Etienne of the Belgian Studio Corkinho and Dutch sculptor Mathieu Nab created enormous wooden shell objects exclusively for Pure C and that would seem out of place in almost any other environment. The coloured mirrors, which represent a sunset in Zeeland, were designed by Dutch designers Lex Pott and David Derksen.
And Syrco and his kitchen staff at Pure C are not the only ones to be rewarded for their loyalty and skill. Air-conditioned wine rooms and two new custom-tailored wine cabinets have enabled long-time in-house sommelier Tim Theuns to take his gastronomical wine-food combinations to the next level. None other than Gilo De Cooman – who earned his stripes at De Karmeliet*** and La Durée** – is proud to welcome the guests as the new maître d’hôtel.
In addition, sous-chef Timothy St Aubin has taken over as Syrco’s right hand from Thomas D’hooghe, who is taking up a new professional challenge as one of the chefs at Le Pristine in Antwerp.
The renovation project took two months to complete. In the coming period the dune terrace will also be rebuilt, and the 14-seat Private Dining space is to be redesigned.
On 15 March the undulating Cadzand dunes will have been home to the two-star restaurant Pure C for a full decade. Pure C is open for dinner (Wednesday-Sunday) and lunch (Friday-Sunday). Bookings can be made online at www.pure-c.nl or you can call the Strandhotel: +31 117 392110.