On Thursday, September 7, the storied Hostellerie du Grünewald introduced its latest concept: the Grünewald Chef’s Table.
Imagine savouring a gourmet meal, with your eyes fixed on the bustling stovetops. Watching the chef’s skill, the art of cooking, the vibrant life of the kitchen brigade. Witnessing the transformation of your dish, feeling a rising anticipation in every sense, eagerly awaiting that long-anticipated course.
This is Clovis Degrave’s vision: immersing you into his culinary world for a taste-filled moment. On September 7, 2023, he unveiled his new restaurant, the Grünewald Chef’s Table.
A second dining venue
For those who are ardent regulars of the Hostellerie du Grünewald, there’s no need for concern. This is an addition, not a replacement. “While I continue overseeing the original restaurant, I’m handing over the reins to my head chef, Jordane Jacoby,” says Clovis Degrave, also the proprietor of the Hostellerie with his associate and partner Aline Bourscheid, with whom he develops all his projects.
A new establishment
At 33, the young chef has already faced and overcome myriad challenges, and now he embraces another. “The idea of a Chef’s Table has long been on my mind. I initially contemplated introducing it within the Hostellerie itself. But in 2022, the opportunity arose to purchase the building right across. The ground floor seemed perfectly suited for my vision – and now it’s brought to life.”
Simply cross Echternach Street, and you’re greeted by this striking establishment. Its avant-garde design even forms the logo of the new venue. “We expect our guests between 19:15 and 19:45,” the chef notes, ensuring each dish is served in impeccable harmony.
Marble counter elegance
Inside, a grand U-shaped marble counter stretches for 13 meters in a luxurious green hue, accompanied by plush highchairs. “We have space for 18. Ideally, come as a pair or maybe a trio. In that case, we’ll offer a cosy corner. There’s also a separate table that can seat up to 8, still affording a view of the kitchen.”
An eight-course experience
Now, for the menu. “It’s an eight-course journey priced at 165 euros, inclusive of four amuse-bouches, a plated appetizer, and three petit fours.” Here, the culinary experience is seamless, from aperitif to digestif, perfectly orchestrated without seeming forced. “I’ve even incorporated brief interludes for smokers,” the chef adds with a playful hint.
Expect an interactive ambience. “Each dish comes with a story, and guests are welcome to ask any questions. It’s a novel dining experience, in contrast to the traditional setting where chefs remain unseen.” Complementing the evening at the Grünewald Chef’s Table is a curated playlist, and for the interiors, Lisa Rukavina from Luxembourg‘s NJOY office lends her expertise.
Pleasing the most discerning palates
“The Grünewald Chef’s Table debuts on September 7, promising to astonish and delight even the most refined palates,” the official press release states.
All that remains is to immerse oneself in this promising and novel culinary concept.
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Photos: Grünewald Chef’s Table