SOHEIT-TINLOT: In the Belgian countryside in Soheit-Tinlot, chef Christophe Pauly of Michelin star restaurant Le Coq aux Champs is turning the restaurant into a Drive-In restaurant enabling customers to collect set menus without exiting their car.
“The principle is to let customers pick up the day’s menu without getting out of the car. It might look simple but it requires a lot of organisation,” said Christophe Pauly.
Having to close the restaurant because of the COVID-19 crisis he has now decided to return back to the kitchen to share his two passions, cooking and sharing.
Inspired by the Olivier Nasti in Alsace, the chef from Liege is ready to start offering his first drive-in service on Friday 8 May.
Christophe will ensure that the menus he creates follow the strictest rules of hygiene and security for everyone. Ordering is simple and fast, and payments are encouraged online. There are also set times to pick up the food while allowing for the circulation of cars inside the parking of the restaurant.
Christophe and his wife Catherine have also chosen packaging that is not only bio but also recyclable. “We think that customers will want to eat from the containers, they are so nice.”
The chef will be using local produce from his usual suppliers to make the takeaway menus the same as the cuisine Coq aux Champs is known for.
Customers will also be given instructions on how to finalise the dishes at home.
On the first week, Le Coq aux Champs is offering three different menus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The price for the menu is EUR 38.
Food can be collected from the restaurant on Friday and Saturday afternoon between 5pm to 7pm and on Sunday between 11am and 1pm.
Bookings for Friday and Saturday need to be made by 6pm the day before while the menu for Sunday needs to be booked by Friday 6pm.