The chapel of a former military hospital now hosts the newest gastronomic adventure in Antwerp, Belgium. At The Jane, beneath the crumbling barrel ceiling and Sputnik-style chandelier, Michelin-starred chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Brill plate ambitious fare. “Food is our religion,” proselytizes the website. “Therefore, the kitchen at The Jane stands on the site of the altar.”
Designed by Dutch firm Piet Boon, the aesthetic is a mash-up of rebellion and restraint, minimalism and gothic, a dark duality best epitomized by the narrative behind the name: seemingly ordinary, this Jane is a sexualized idealization. “Jane is the name of a fictional woman with the same qualities as our restaurant. The Jane will be sensual, exciting and chic. It will have an attractive international air, but also a hint of darkness. It will be tasteful and sophisticated, but also rock n’ roll. Like our perfect woman.”
Their Jane would wear this crackled leather jacket. As would I.