Our story

Our story

In 2009, Sofie and Matthieu open their restaurant ‘Table d’Amis’ at Walle on the edge of the city of Kortrijk. The concept is simple: gastronomic food in a friendly environment, in a framework free of all redundancies. Very fast, the restaurant grows into a real reference. In 2013, Matthieu achieves the title Jonge topchef van Vlaanderen, Young top chef of Flanders, and the restaurant is awarded with 17/20 in Gault Millau and a star in the Michelin guide. In 2014, Table d’Amis was called vegetables restaurant of the year.

Due to roadworks at Walle, the restaurant definitively moves to the Oude Dekenij in the centre of Kortrijk, next to the church of Saint Martin.

In Weekend Knack Pieter Van Doveren described the new restaurant and the kitchen as ‘a confident cooking style, pure, without nonsense, on the basis of products specific to the region and with balanced dishes that explode with taste. The cook is well on his way to become the best cook of Belgium.’

A little while later, the following comment was published in De Standaard: ‘Matthieu Beudaert belongs to the club of the best cooks of this country. Without charging the usual entrance fee. From the first bite to the last cookie … it was a feast of refinement and quasi perfection.’ (Bruno Vanspauwen)

In the new 2016 Michelin guide the restaurant was again awarded a Michelin star.

The chef, the hostess, the team

The Chef | The Hostess | The Team

Chef de cuisine Matthieu Beudaert is an art historian, but he lost his heart to gastronomy. During his studies, he followed a four-year cooking training and travelled through Europe together with his wife in search of gastronomic wonders. In 2004, his wife enrolled Matthieu for the competition Hobby cook of the year, organised by Weekend Knack. Matthieu won with verve. After a short career in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, he started a catering business ‘Table d’Amis’ in 2007. Two years later he opens the restaurant of the same name with his wife Sofie Delbeke.

Sofie Delbeke is a social assistant and sexologist, and she followed a company management course and a sommelier course. She switched her career in the social sector with the catering sector. Her passion for wine was awarded in the 2016 Michelin guide with a wine rank.
“Sofie Delbeke welcomes her guests with charm and stands as a rock between the tables. She is present where she should be and always has the right answer.” (Pieter van Doveren)

the building

The Building

The Oude Dekenij, going back as far as the 19th century, is situated on one of the most scenic squares in the heart of Kortrijk and has a sunny terrace. The classic protected monument is situated in the shadow of the Saint Martin church and next to the historical beguinage. In the restaurant, a simple but sophisticated dining room awaits you reflecting the passion for design and art of the owners, especially the passion for our Belgian designer Jules Wabbes, for the graphic designer El Lissitzky and the conceptual artist Frank Tuytschaever.