The space itself surprises. It’s not just an adaptive reuse of a former factory, but also an art gallery. Centrally located, La Soupe Populaire is not the kind of space you easily stumble upon. Once you’ve crossed the yard, you’ll enter an elegant yet rough looking red brick building. The text greeting you once inside introduces the current exhibition on display. The re-designed factory walls and the industrial remains make the venue an exhibition itself.
As you leave the art works behind while heading up the sketchy staircase, you will not leave it too far, since you’ll be able to look at it from your table – most probably. The concept of the place is the intention of making it affordable to a larger public – with a main dish you’ll receive a small aperitif and something sweet afterwards. The dishes are focussed on essentials – hence the name of the place – and are still surprising. The wines – a bottle – start at € 21 (Chardonnay 2012) and go way beyond.
You can book tables for two or for groups – when you can also have the chef cooking in front of you. The downside of all this is that you’ll have to make a reservation weeks in advance. But the wait is sweet.