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'. Caroline Baerten is an activist-entrepreneur and an international speaker on eco-awareness and the psychology of eating. In her pottery studio, she creates all the ceramic tableware for the restaurant.
Since January, Humus has joined hands with Matthieu Chaumont from Bordeaux, France. His original cocktail creations are made under the umbrella of the renowned 'Hortense' cocktail bar.
Lunch menu     pdf (this is an example menu and may vary on your visit)
Wednesday till Saturday 12h - 14h30
Evening menu     pdf (this is an example menu and may vary on your visit)
Tuesday till Saturday 18h - 22h30
Cocktail menu    pdf (this is an example menu and vary on your visit)
Tuesday till Saturday 18h - 22h30


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'.
This menu is only available for arrivals between 18h and 18h30 (table is booked till 19h30). 
Valentine's Menu - February 14th Dinner
6 course tasting menu with Black Truffle from Norcia (Italy)
€70 pp (excl. drinks)
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 take reservations only for lunch and dinner (not necessary for a drink). 
Dietary restrictions need to be mentioned 24h on forehand.
Food photography
K. Vlegels
Website design
The Gap Is Mine!

Herbs-Yo DeBeule 


WildFarming-Dries Delanote


MindfulEating-Caroline Baerten


Zucsu-Dr. C. Pelckmans

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