WAIMES: La Menuiserie, one of the top restaurants in Wallonia announced it will close its doors. The restaurant owned by chef Thomas Troupin and his wife Marie-Charlotte Portois, who worked at L’Air du Temps before opening the restaurant in January 2013 said they were very sad to announce the closure of the restaurant.
“La Menuiserie has represented more than seven years of hard work, tens of thousands of hours of work, thousands of clients, over a hundred employees and countless briefings and debriefings,” the couple said.
“Our passion has not been lost but these times of confinement have been a time of reflection for us. We will seek out new adventures and hope to discover new destinations. We thank you for your support since January 2013 and who knows, maybe we can welcome you in Menuiserie 2.0,” the couple said.
In the highest spot in Belgium, La Menuiserie was one of the highly regarded restaurants in Wallonia. When I visited the restaurant in January, I discovered a terroir based cuisine that was worthy of a journey, exceptional hospitality and also a respect for produce and suppliers from the region that was second to none.
La Meuniserie, which was housed in an old furniture store, owned by the family was a destination restaurant in Belgium but COVID-19 brought an end to this restaurant that had made produce from the region the centre of the chef’s philosophy.
Thomas Troupin and Marie Charlotte Portois said that despite all the friendships, laughter and stress generated by the restaurant, the hectic adventure also took a lot of their energy and the figures were not what they expected.
“We are now at the end of a cycle. We need to reflect on the results and while happy with what we achieved end what we started. We have never made any compromises in the kitchen or during service and we do not want to do something which goes against our principles or our philosophy,” they said.