a black mass of partially decomposed organic matter in the soil.

It improves the fertility and water retention of the soil and is therefore important for plant growth.


Humus x Hortense is an unconventional fine dining spot located in the heart of Brussels. 
On weekdays and on Saturdays, we serve lunch and dinner in our restaurant x cocktail bar.
For culture-lovers, a light 'Pre-Theatre Menu' is served in 90 minutes.

This menu is only available for bookings between 18h and 18h30. 

At Humus x Hortense, our menu is based on organic and seasonal foods.
Not only the herbs are coming from our own urban garden, we also collaborate with local and small-scale producers and professional foragers near the city.
Together with our wine experts, we have made a nice selection of natural wines
and crazy beers from Belgian micro breweries.
Our menu is a tribute to the rich culinary Belgian tradition.
We twist it in a contemporary and creative way by making use of the latest cuisine techniques. 
The land of our producers dictate the rythm of Humus x Hortense. 


Trained in some of the finest restaurants in Europe, chef Nicolas Decloedt has developed a style of cooking which is guided by the finest produce and foraged edibles.
He has worked at In De Wulf in Dranouter, Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Chalet de la Forêt and Bon Bon in Brussels.
Through honoring the food, the producers and newest techniques, chef Decloedt is able to find the intersection where roughness and aesthetics meet.
He and his partner Caroline Baerten are the founders of the Brussels food collective 'Humus Botanical Gastronomy'.
Eco-awareness is their passion in life.
Caroline Baerten -a former art historian- attended the renowned culinary institute Ter Duinen at Koksijde and later became also a registered nutritionist (RD). Behind the scenes, she takes care after the nutritional quality of the tasting menu and the natural-organic wine selection (WSET certified).
Her artistic skills are expressed in the interior design and the ceramic tableware she creates exclusively for Humus x Hortense.
Since January, Humus has joined hands with Matthieu Chaumont from Bordeaux, France.
His original cocktail creations are made under the umbrella of
the famous 'Hortense' cocktail bar.
Weather changes and produce changes.
At Humus x Hortense, our aim is to serve you the best food straight from the producers, tailored to that day. 
Evening Menu
Menu Mottainai                                € 114
A full experience menu -food and drinks included
Menu de Dégustation                      € 54 
          Menu de Dégustation € 46 (From Tuesday - Thursday)
Pre Theatre Menu
3 courses menu                            € 33
4 courses menu                            € 39
Served from 18h-18h30, the table is yours till 19h30
Lunch Menu
3 courses menu                            € 26
4 courses menu                            € 34

5 courses menu                            € 40

Humus x Hortense restaurant and cocktail bar is open from Wednesday till Saturday, lunch and dinner. 
On Tuesdays the restaurant opens its doors at 18h. 
For culture-lovers, a light 'Pre-Theatre Menu' is served in 90'.
Served from 18h-18h30, the table is yours till 19h30
Reservation for the restaurant/gift vouchers
Click here  to make a reservation for the restaurant. 
Click here to order gift vouchers.
Please note that we ask credit card guarantee for reservations on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Unfortunately, we had to take this decision because of the increase of 'No-Shows' we and other restaurants notice lately.
This is a deposit, the amount isn't withdrawn from your account.
In the exceptional case of cancellation -and without loss of deposit: 
  • The booking can be replaced to a later date (contact us by phone)
  • Or transferring the reserved seats/table to another person(s) within your network
Thank you for your understanding. 
Due to the many hours of preparation time for the tasting menu, cancellations need to be mentioned at least 12h before the start of the dinner (24h on forehand for groups of minimum 6 persons)
Dietary restrictions need to be mentioned at least 1 day on forehand.
Card payments only!
Kris Vlegels
The Gap Is Mine!

Centre MeNu









Tuesday 18h-23h30
Wednesday till Saturday:
12h-14h30 and 18h-23h30
Humus x Hortense 
Rue de Vergnies straat 2
1050 Brussels (Ixelles/Elsene)
+32 474 65 37 06
Underground parking lot at 
Flagey square