Eight Belgian restaurants have been recognized with a one-star rating by the Michelin Guide, the latest in the guide’s leadup to 2011.

Eight Belgian restaurants have earned their first Michelin star rating, while two others earned their second star, Michelin announced on November 22.

The new one star restaurants include Alexandre and Kamo in Brussels; and Het Begaar and Bij Lam & Yin in Antwerp.

The newly minted two-star venues are Nuance in Duffel and Aan Tafel bij Luc Bellings in Hasselt.

Two establishments in Belgium hold the maximum three stars: De Karmeliet, in Bruges (below); and Hof van Cleve, in Kruishoutem (above). The highest ranking in Luxembourg is for Mosconi, with two stars.

Six Belgian restaurants lose their stars: L’Ecailler du Palais Royal, Marie and Bistrot du Mail, in Brussels; Fleur sur l’Eau, Dendermonde; Hoeve St-Paul, Hasselt a Lummen; and Bistro Novo, in Roeselare. There are no changes in Luxembourg.

Under the Michelin ranking system, one star signals a very good restaurant in its category, while two designates excellent and “worth a detour” and three means the venue is among the very best and “worth a special journey.”

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