Brussels restaurant L’Idiot du Village, a Brussels institution has served its last customers this evening.
Chef Alain Gascoin announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page that he had sad news to announce. “A beautiful story ends here. I would like to thank our customers, young and not so young, those who have a story with the idiot. I am sorry but because of an illness and five operations, my body cannot take it any more. But don’t hestitate to stop me and say good morning if you see me in the streets (it is not contagious), he said”
The restaurant named the Village Idiot was anything but idiotic. It might not have had any stars but it was loved by many. The service in the restaurant was matched by a respect for quality ingredients and excellent combinations, sometimes which you would think would not work but which balanced everything out and always ended up working.
I discovered the restaurant soon after our arrival in Brussels over 11 years ago and I have great memories of the meals eaten there. The restaurant, with its quirky interior design which resembled a vintage boudoir was loved not only by Brussels regulars but also by visitors to Brussels looking for an interesting and cozy dinner close to Place Sablon.
It is sad to think that a story can end like this. Good luck Alain and thanks for the great memories at your restaurant.