The Kokob is indeed an Ethiopian getaway in the heart of Brussels. Tucked away in the Saint-Jacques neighborhood between the Grand-Place, the Bourse and Mannekin-Pis, the first Ethiopian restaurant in the capital offers this authentic and popular cuisine.
Fingers and injera as utensils
Have you heard of the restaurant in Brussels where we eat with our hands? You always thought it was an urban legend? Don’t be so sure! At KoKoB, they have done away with place settings and all other accessories and replaced it all with injera: a spongy flatbread made from teff flour, typical to Ethiopian cuisine. Heria, the head of the kitchen, whips up tons of delicious plates made with meat, fish or vegetables prepared with Ethiopian spices such as berbere, mitmita, shiro or turmeric…
If you are in the mood to try many different original dishes, go for the discovery menu that is perfect to share with friends.
The KoKoB will deliver
Since their opening in 2007, the KoKoB has always had a lot of service. At this restaurant with African inspired decor, you will feel transported to a foreign land. Wednesday night (7 pm to 11 pm) and Sunday (12 pm to 3 pm) are devoted to the coffee making ceremony, an Ethiopian institution.
When it’s time to leave, reality check: you aren’t in Addis-Abeba but in Brussels… But there is good news; you can now bring a little bit of Ethiopia home with KoKoB’s delivery service.
Vernissage thursday, september 4th - 6 to 8 pm
Smael Laurent was born in Versailles, France in 1973.
His father, Alain Laurent, master of hyperrealism, taught the technique and magic of the painting to his mother, Anne Everard de Harzir, who consequently became an outstanding abstract surrealist painter. It was in the studio of his parents, surrounded by artistic expression from birth, that Smael learned and sharpened his virtuoso technique in photo-realism (oil on canvas).
Smael studied classical and modern painting at Saint Luc art school, Brussels, Belgium (1987-1992). Then, he started exploring the conceptual aspects of art and developing his own artistic direction at E.R.G. (Etude des Recherches Graphique) art school, Brussels, Belgium (1993-1994). Through traveling to different countries and meeting with local artists, Smael discovered and absorbed the diversity of cultural expression. This rich experience inspired Smael to experiment with different art forms such as expressionism and impressionism within the context of contemporary conceptual art.
After several successful exhibitions in Europe, Smael flew to America to exhibit his work and perform as a conceptual artist, painting live band shows (among his models are such musicians as Cassandra Wilson, Gabriel Gordon, Jim Bianco and Omar Torrez).
Smael says: "I love doing live performances because I can share with the audience my personal vision as it happens and capture the dynamics of live improvisation verses preparation."
"I create art to capture the essence of all things beyond the surface. My central subject is the human being looking for his spiritual path in the universe."