Using an old chapel of a military hospital as a backdrop, The Jane Antwerp serves a high-end gastronomical experience that combines Michelin-star dining with elements of the extraordinary space. Chef Nick Bril is famously known for his understated creativity and ability to use powerful flavours and techniques when making elegant yet simple dishes. This is reflected within the entire The Jane experience. Here, innovation, passion and excellence thrive harmoniously. A truly heavenly (literally) experience. A phenomenal setting. Expect to be wowed.
Striking in its elegance and immense beauty, the two Michelin star restaurant in Antwerp The Jane is a real showstopper and is sure to wow. Not only does the gastronomically impressive menu please even the most die-hard foodies, but the unique building, situated in the old chapel of a former military hospital, offers an ultra-stylish, elegant atmosphere. The beyond spectacular restaurant prides itself on serving a delicate balance between refined and relaxed.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world – it was the 2015’s winner for best restaurant design, announced by the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards – the space is extraordinary.
Owned by famous chefs Sergio Herman (the only chef other than Marc Veyrat, who has ever received the fabulous top ranking of 20 points from GaultMillau) and Nick Bril, the striking chapel is now a culinary temple. With a style of cooking that is at once sophisticated and simple, Nick Bril’s food is executed with great finesse – utterly beautiful and driven by the seasons.
The exquisitely presented tasting menu delights with magical combinations of tastes, textures, and temperatures. Its elegance, playfulness, and precision are echoed in the design of the restaurant.
Transformed within a derelict church, the Dutch studio Piet Boon refashioned the old chapel into an iconic restaurant, fusing the past and the present seamlessly.
Combining innovative tastes with such a stunning venue, The Jane elevates Antwerp’s gastronomic traditions to the level of haute cuisine, attracting gastronomes from around the world to its breathtaking dining space.
Architecture and interior design
Sure to wow, The Jane Antwerp is considered to be one of the most stunning and beautiful restaurants in the world.
Located in Antwerp’s former military hospital’s cavernous chapel, the spectacular building has retained its historic ambience, blending luxurious touches with a modern flair.
The building itself features a distinctive, gloriously illustrated façade that has been carefully restored to its original beauty.
Studio Piet Boon is responsible for the unbelievably stunning interior design and styling of The Jane. The sleek interiors make the most of the building’s original features, maintains an identity that echoes its history and heritage.
The show-stopping interior is defined by immense elegance and sophisticated authenticity, along with magnificent volumes, dramatic lighting and carefully selected statement features.
The monumental scale of the space is epic, with soaring ceilings of uncompromised heights (14 metres), wondrously tall windows and massive arches. Pure, rich materials are expressed and articulated in the interior in which qualitatively outstanding natural stone, leather and oak wood have been employed. A polished colour palette allows the shapes and textures in the building to come to the fore, adding visual interest. The interior is further enhanced by the elegance and timelessness of the stylish designer furniture.
The original distressed grey of the ceiling expanse is thrown into relief by white walls, banisters and window alcoves, while warm-toned fabric panels line the lower walls to offer a cosier, inviting atmosphere.
Seating includes black-painted oak chairs with leather upholstery and black leather-upholstered banquettes, strewn with graphic print cushions as well as pale nougat-coloured velvet chairs.
Gold lamps add a glamorous touch, whilst eclectic artefacts bring a sense of character and individuality to the space. Strategic lighting, positioned on towering pillars, accentuates unique elements or areas, giving them the focus and attention they deserve. Diners will be immersed in an organic and bespoke lighting experience where artistry and engineering are seamlessly combined.
The Jane Antwerp is graced with several dazzling architectural highlights.
The pièce de résistance in the middle of the dining space is a gigantic chandelier of 12-metres-by-9-meters with over 140 individual glass bulbs, weighing 800 kilograms. Designed by the Beirut-based lighting design studio PSLab, it descends from the ceiling on one long, slender black metal pole, with multiple slimmer stems of varying lengths radiating out from its centre, tipped with glowing bulbs. Letting the beautiful ceiling shine in its original state, the dramatic starburst chandelier was created in such a way that it contributes to the timeless elegance and ambient divinity of the chapel interior.
One of the restaurant’s many stunning showpiece features is a suspended art installation, called the Sharks, created by Dieter Van der Velpen and DIM Atelier. Each of the 14 magnificent ‘Sharks’ fills the space with warmth, depth, reflection and intriguing shadow play.
As a way to connect the existing use of the building with its past, the old stained-glass windows have been replaced by contemporary panes featuring stunning artwork. A panoply of vivid cartoon windows adds a strong element of fun and colour.
Uniquely designed by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job, the 500 window glass panels are decorated with a haphazard collection of objects, animals and other shapes – foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, Jesus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes.
The archetypes from various worlds each tell masterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food and religion. Softly backlit at night, they glow against the white walls. By day, they are translucent, allowing daylight to flood through.
Traditionally the place of the altar, the apse of the chapel now houses the kitchen that is encased by glass, like a modern shrine. Diners can witness the theatre and drama of fine live cooking, whilst the chefs work their alchemy to create some of the best dining available in the city.
Nick Bril, the Chef at The Jane Antwerp, delights diners with elegant dishes by using his expressive and at the same time harmonious cooking style.
With his talent and endless passion, Nik Bril is never willing to settle for anything less than culinary greatness. He wants to keep innovating and pushing boundaries with his food to ensure that The Jane is one of Belgium’s most exciting places to eat.
His passion for cooking is fuelled by travelling around the world, meeting new people, discovering new cultures, and learning about new ingredients and flavours.
Nick Bril started his career at the age of 14 as a dishwasher in a restaurant. After just a year, he got the chance to help in the kitchen, where he would eventually get the taste for gastronomy. At age 19, Nick started working for 3-star Michelin-awarded chef Sergio Herman at Restaurant Oud Sluis, where he fell in love with the kitchen rock & roll. He left restaurant Oud Sluis after four years and became the Chef de Cuisine at Envy in Amsterdam. He returned to Oud Sluis only one year later, where he worked as Chef de Cuisine alongside Sergio Herman.
Five years later, the two decided to end the Oud Sluis chapter on its highest peak, having achieved three Michelin stars and the maximum of the 20 GaultMillau points and starting their new project: The Jane Antwerp.
Besides his passion for cooking, Nick Bril is also an established DJ, performing in clubs and at festivals. His considers his culinary work to be a balanced symbiosis between gastronomy and music – creating a unique moment and a great atmosphere are indispensable for both cooking and deejaying.
“Food is our religion, ” says the Dutch 2-star chef Nick Bril, quoting The Jane restaurant’s motto.
The cuisine will fill diners with surprise, wonder and delight. The food is sophisticated and displays some seriously accomplished cooking.
Inspired by a passion for food prepared with care and creativity, diners will be able to explore unique dishes that are meticulously crafted and artistically presented. From fresh herbs and vegetables hand-picked from the restaurant’s very own garden to the best selection of seasonally sourced ingredients prepared with precision and refined techniques, where natural flavours shine through in each memorable dish.
The restaurant’s rooftop garden is located on top of PAKT under the guidance of roof farmer Bram Stessel of De Volle Grond. During the summer season, the team picks fresh herbs and flowers twice a day to ensure maximum freshness and taste.
The cuisine is enriched by multiple influences; from Zeeland to Asia and the Mediterranean, which together creates a unique culinary identity.
From start to finish, a meal here is pure brilliance.
The exquisite tasting menu is full of originality, verve and flair. It consists of several starters, followed by the main course and two desserts. There are some possibilities to extend the menu as one wishes.
Each dish is well-thought-out, impeccable and highly innovative, reflecting the talent of Nick Bril. They are steeped in powerful flavours yet are amazingly harmonious. All the dishes consist of a large number of small details and ingredients, every single one of them contributing to the ultimate signature and experience.
On the first floor, one can find Jane’s Upper Room Bar (currently closed due to Covid rules cannot be applied to this space). Where once the choir resonated, there are now resident DJs filling the room with atmospheric beats. With a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, one can enjoy top-notch cuisine, cocktails, drinks and music.
WINES & SERVICE at The Jane Antwerp
A wine pairing can be added to elevate your dining experience. The restaurant quite uniquely also offers a non-alcoholic pairing to its tasting menu. The Jane Antwerp carries a stellar wine list – offering both new biological wines and golden oldies of renowned wine domains – that is expertly curated by award-winning sommelier Gianluca Di Taranto.
Creatively pairing wines for each of these courses, Gianluca has a different style than most of the other sommeliers. He focuses more on the geography, the winemaker, combinations with the food and anecdotes instead of focusing on the grape or region. His passion/obsession for wine has been rewarded several times with, among others, Best Sommelier of Belgium 2019-2020” competition, Sommelier van het Jaar 2018 by Gault & Millau and Beste Sommelier 2019 by Foodtaster.
Michelin-starred restaurants are in a league of their own when it comes to the entire dining experience – and The Jane Antwerp is no exception.
If you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion, have a penchant for a breathtaking design or prefer the guarantee of an exquisite meal, then The Jane Antwerp is the place. A gourmet destination that combines fine dining with a stunning aesthetic, The Jane is a must-visit restaurant in Antwerp.