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Discover Benelux | Gastronomy | Culinary Profile

Healthy liquor in a historical atmosphere TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTO: IMPROVISIO

If you are looking for undiscovered treasures in the city of Leuven, Improvisio is the place to go. Just a stone’s throw away from the dazzling city centre, you will find a beautifully renovated 18th century guesthouse where you can enjoy delicious yet affordable mouth-watering dishes in a peaceful and historical atmosphere. “Me and my wife renovated this monumental building in 2002,” says Improvisio’s owner, Fabian Deckers. “We tried to combine the atmosphere of the monumental estate with the cosiness of a bistro.” To say that their mission was a success is an understatement. Improvisio’s interiors perfectly marry a modern vibe with subtle details dating back to 1735. The bistro has become the perfect place for a delicious meal in a relaxed ambiance. In one of the three romantic courtyards overlooking the old Roman Chapel and its monastery, guests can enjoy a glass of 12 | Issue 33 | September 2016

organic wine or locally brewed beer on a long summer’s night. The bistro also offers its historical venue as a place to organise parties. Furthermore, the restaurant hosts live music and improvisation theatre from time to time in an aim to exceed the guests’ expectations. Whether you come in for a quick bite to eat or a three-course dinner, Improvisio’s friendly team will be more than willing to help you choose one of the healthy, delicious delights on their menu, including the Mechelse Koekoek, which can be described as top-quality chicken served with brown shrimp and a puffpastry patty. “We live in a society where we don’t seem to know what kind of food makes our bodies truly happy,” says Deckers. “Quality and health are key values for Improvisio. Therefore, we have chosen to select organic vegetables, fruit, fish and meat from local suppliers. It comes in fresh every day and contributes to a very healthy yet affordable menu.”

But to save the best for last, Improvisio’s pride and Leuven’s showpiece is the liquor named Musa Lova. This local drink is made from bananas, which might come as a surprise at first but it is a delicious delicacy. Part of the proceeds from this local specialty go to a development project in Congo, where bananas have a strong position as a staple food. Try this tasty local delicacy and do some good, while eating healthy food and enjoying your stay at Improvisio in Leuven. www.improvisio.net www.musalova.be