We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good honest Belgium home cooked food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of RESTAURANT WILLEMIJN

RESTAURANT WILLEMIJN
Gentpoortstraat 51, Bruges, Belgium
0495.62.53.29
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #85 of 549 Restaurants in Bruges
Price range: $27 - $34
Cuisines: Belgian, French
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Good honest Belgium home cooked food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited this lovely restaurant back in February and had a fantastic meal. Decided to rerun and were not disappointed. The owner Sylvia is so friendly and welcoming as if you were in her home. Normally her daughter is the chef but is on maternity leave as she is having twins very soon. Do not be alarmed they have a replacement cook who is doing a fantastic job in the meantime.

Willemijn is a cosy intimate restaurant situated just a little off the beaten track from the centre of Brugge. Do not be put off by this as it only takes 15 mins to walk there, you will not be disappointed. There is a set menu that is all inclusive with three courses a half bottle of wine, water and coffee. You can even have an aperitif as well included in the 55€ cost.

To start with were some extra nibbles of pickled herring, fish paste on cracker and cheese crisp ball. My starter was smoked salmon stuffed with brown shrimps. Cocktail of grey shrimps is what the other had to start with. The other had to follow the beef steak with a mushroom sauce with vegetables. Cooked really well. I had a pork fillet stuffed with a sauce of tomatoes serve with summer vegetables. This also was delicious and cooked very well. Desert beckoned and I opted just for some ice cream as I was now quite full and the other had an apple pie and ice cream. A lovely coffee completed the meal. This menus is available for 40€ if you do not have the drinks package.

I would encourage diners to visit here as the owner really makes every effort to welcome you and ensure that your meal and your evening are up to expectations.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

57 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    37
    17
    1
    2
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Huge disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Went with high expectations, having read such glowing reports. Sadly, the shrimp croquettes had a glutinous taste of undercooked flour; the Flemish stew had very little taste but too much texture and the chocolate mousse was only just adequate. (House wine was very good.). I really wanted to enjoy this meal - the ambiance was good, decor charming and the mother and daughter team delightful. What happened in the kitchen this evening? Something very wrong after all the good reviews. Just hope it was an "off" night. This restaurant has all the right ingredients despite being off the beaten track. It just needs to get back on a track of sorts...

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Swanage, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

A little bit tooooooo quiet here for us but would suit a lot of people I know, but importantly, we had a fabulous meal.
Shared a starter, which was a good move as it was huge! Being brave (I thought) I tried the eel in white wine sauce and that was amazingly good. Hubby's steak was perfect.
For dessert we had the 'Cafe Willemijn'. Seeing was believing, it's not just coffee - absolutely delicious, try, try, try.
Little on the pricey side overall but well worth it. Loved the roaring fire too and the proprietor was a very pleasant lady indeed.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A real find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Traditional freshly cooked food in lovely relaxing surroundings. This mother and daughter pairing are an excellent example of simple home cooked food done well. Very good value if you have the all in rate at 55€ which includes a choice of aperitif, some tasting pre dinner, to start I had shrimp cocktail and the other scampi in a light curry sauce to follow Flemish stew and hake in a mustard cream sauce. Deserts I had ice cream and the other chocolate mouse. A fine bottle of wine also included and coffee and petit fours. Delicious no more words can describe this. The restaurant was cozy with it's fire and very clean. In the toilet were a selection of perfumes and deodorants for customers to use. Service welcoming and friendly. Although not in the main square well worth the walk or taxi ride to it. You will not be disappointed. Note cash only no cards.

Visited February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Southport, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“take cash with you !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

a nice restaurant with a good value fixed price menu -28 euros for 3 courses. Good service and nice flavoured food in a pleasant environment. The restaurant only accepts cash only so forget using your cards !!

Visited February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed RESTAURANT WILLEMIJN also viewed

Bruges, West Flanders Province
Bruges, West Flanders Province
 
Bruges, West Flanders Province
Bruges, West Flanders Province
 

Been to RESTAURANT WILLEMIJN? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage RESTAURANT WILLEMIJN, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.