Le coq aux Champs – in the field
Restaurant le Coq aux Champs is the gastronomic restaurant of Chef Patron Christophe Pauly, located in Soheit-Tinlot in Wallonia, Belgium. The restaurant is located in the beautiful ‘Condroz’ region between the green and the fields. Although its somewhat remote location, the restaurant is very famous and popular in this region. Restaurant Le Coq aux Champs (meaning ‘the rooster in the fields’) was founded in the seventies and has been a ‘gourmet stopping point’ ever since. In 2003, Chef Patron Christophe Pauly and his wife Catherine Pauly took over the restaurant and revamped it to the place it is today.
Le Coq aux Champs is housed in an old homestead with a cosy outdoor terrace and a separate private dining room. The interior is contemporary, combining an authentic stone floor with modern interior decorations and lots of wood. The wooden tables and other elements were specifically created for the restaurant by local craftsmen. Most tables offer a view on the big open kitchen which creates a dynamic and honest atmosphere. Lady of the House Catherine Pauly is responsible for the interior and created a dining space focused on the senses, where only the necessary elements were kept.
Chef Patron Christophe Pauly worked together with big chefs like Eric Martin from restaurant Lemonnier in Belgium and Michel Troisgros from restaurant Troisgros in France.
From the very beginning in Le Coq aux Champs, Christophe Pauly has opted for excellent products. He makes his choice from the best producers, local products and exceptional appellations. The products are his most important tools and the flavours are predominant in everything the chef prepares. He prefers to leave his ingredients recognisable and only adds what he thinks is necessary to complete the dish. This results in a minimalistic kitchen that is rich in flavour and products. A good example is the starter with green asparagus from Stéphane Longelune, combined with almonds, and lemon. Another remarkable dish is the ‘Bol d’iode’: foie is baked and combined with oyster, green algae, ginger, dashi and cucumber. At Le Coq aux Champs, guests have the choice between a menu in three to five courses or choose dishes à la carte. The price/quality ratio is excellent.
Service is led by Lady of the House Catherine Pauly and is professional and flawless. The team knows how to please business as well as leisure guests and everybody feels at home. The wine selection by the professional sommelier is very interesting and highly recommended to pair the chef his menus.
Restaurant le Coq aux Champs is one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the Walloon area of Belgium. Chef Patron Christophe Pauly manages to combine top-quality ingredients, a traditional cooking base, and modern kitchen techniques into a contemporary dining experience. Service and wine pairing are great as well, resulting in a very pleasant overall dining experience.
Le coq aux Champs scored 83 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
By Sven & Frank
Le Coq aux Champs
Rue du montys 71
Phone: +32 85 51 20 14