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 a creative dining and drinking experience located in the heart of Brussels. 
On weekdays and on Saturday, we serve lunch and dinner in our restaurant x cocktail bar.
During the warm summer months, we will also offer an escape to the beautiful countryside of
Pajottenland (Gooik) where 'Humus in the Fields' will set up an exclusive table for maximum 20 guests.
Along with the restaurant, 'Summer apéros' is a temporary project where free no-waste-fingerfoods are offered in combination with refreshing cocktails.
From Tuesday till Saturday, only between 17h and 19h. 
At Humus x Hortense, our menu is based on organic and seasonal foods.
Not only the herbs are coming from our own urban garden, but we also collaborate with small producers and professional foragers who are located 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.
However 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. 
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. 
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.
Humus x Hortense is not a conventional fine dining spot.
The dining experience is simple and unpretentious, with all the focus on food and drinks.
Great music is blasting through the speakers (with a daily dose of free jazz and edgy grunge).
Lunch menu     pdf (this is an example menu and may vary on your visit)
Wednesday till Saturday 12h - 15h00
Evening menu     pdf (this is an example menu and may vary on your visit)
Tuesday till Saturday 18h - 22h30
Summer apéros  (Only in July and August)

Tuesday till Saturday 17h - 19h

Annual holidays between August 30 - September 21
(last festive dinner on Tuesday 29/08!)
The restaurant will re-open on September 22th at 18h
Online reservation service remains available
Humus x Hortense restaurant and cocktail bar is open from Wednesday till Saturday, lunch and dinner.
On Tuesday the restaurant is only open at 18h. 

'Summer Apéros', a project where no-waste-fingerfoods are combined with refreshing cocktails. 

From Tuesday till Saturday, only between 17h and 19h. 

'Humus x Hortense in the Fields' is an escape to the beautiful countryside of Pajottenland (15' outside Brussels). 
A long table will be set up at the stunning inner courtyard of an old castle-farm. Limited places.
Dates : August 8 - 9
Reservation for The Fields via
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). Between 17h and 19h our cozy terrace is available for apéros, and after-drinks from 22h till 23h30.
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

Tuesday 17h-23h30
Wednesday till Saturday:
12h-15h and 17h-23h30
Humus Botanical Gastronomy
Rue de Vergnies straat 2
1050 Brussels (Ixelles/Elsene)
+32 474 65 37 06
Underground parking lot at the Flagey square.