The best sushi in the world can be found in Belgium

Many Belgian restaurants offer divine sushi, but few can come across the best in the world. The good news is that you don't have to travel far to enjoy them, as they are 1:30 from Brussels. Indeed, Jefferson Elias Ribeiro Da Silva, the sushi master of Masary's Hotel-Restaurant in Mons, just won the title of World Sushi Champion at a prestigious competition in Tokyo.

A man of Japanese and Brazilian descent who calls himself “Chef Tom” has been running the establishment for a year and a half. The basis of his cuisine is that he can express his creativity and adoration for gastronomy. This gem of taste offers fusion cuisine, combining Japanese and Latin American traditions.

Here is our recent video about Marius Bosman, who has been voted the best chef of Wallonia 2023:

Unrivaled attention to detail

Chef Tom is no stranger to differences. Held in the land of the rising sun, the championship saw 250 international contenders compete, each more talented than the next, but its undisputed winner was not surprised. He managed to stand out with three titles: the best traditional Japanese sushi, the second best creative fusion cuisine and the best world chef. This competition was cooked by the chef in Mons, but also in Singapore and Japan. An unsurpassed determination that doesn't date from yesterday. He was awarded the “Signature Sushi” award at the European Sushi Championship in Munich, Germany.

Mixing flavors, an art

For him, the secrets of these rolled vessels are technique, quality and speed. Advice that seems to be paying off. Hotel-restaurant Masary has unparalleled popularity among customers.

Just look at the wonderful reviews. Take a seat at the table and enjoy “vegetarian” sushi made with goma wakame, tempura asparagus and avocado and jalapeño sauce. Or a “koy” stuffed with flambéed salmon and topped with scampi. Amazing combinations that make up the identity of a place. The chef even considers enriching his sushi with typical Belgian ingredients such as beer or fries. We can't wait to taste this one.

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Georgie Collins

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