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“In De Vlaamsche Pot We Trust” 5 of 5 stars
Review of De Vlaamsche Pot

De Vlaamsche Pot
Helmstraat 3-5, Bruges 8000, Belgium
050340086
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Ranked #242 of 532 Restaurants in Bruges
Cuisines: Belgian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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“In De Vlaamsche Pot We Trust”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Very authentic place to eat, delicious menu and at last they have their own homemade ice creams. They have a decent owner indeed.

Visited September 2013
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“Perfect blend of delicious, ambiance and beer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were recommended this restaurant by the guide of a bike tour we took and as we'd eaten on the Burg square where the food seems to be "we don't have to try because we have the location" we were looking for authentic and good tasting food. The location was off one of the main shopping streets, so quite close to the centre of town. The outside was cute and inviting in an old stone house with lots of flowers. We arrived early, so we were able to get a table without a reservation.
The mussels appetizer was very good (though there was a bit of grit) but overall tasty. For the main we had the Flemish beef stew and it was delicious. Served in a big cast iron covered pot, it was full flavoured and had a lovely thick broth without being gummy or overly thickened. The beef was tasty and fell apart and was served over a shallow bowl filled with fresh frites. The beer offerings were delightful and we had different but both very tasty beers, though being served in 75 cl (750 ml) bottles, they aren't for the faint of heart.
We were unable to resist the allure of a waffle for dessert and it was so light and crisp and airy that it was basically a vehicle for spooning of the chocolate and ice-cream into our mouths.
Not a cheap dinner out but delicious and well worth it.

Visited September 2013
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“Good food, bad taste”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We felt very lucky and smart to discover this cosy restaurant down a side street. This was our first night in Bruges, so we decided to order traditional Flemish choices; mussels and beef stew.
The mussels were plentiful and fine though I would have preferred a more well-seasoned broth. The beef stew was delicious! Others may find it disappointing as it was just beef in a beer gravy and did not contain vegetables. Our waiter/maitre d' was pleasant enough, but we did have one significant complaint. My sister-in-law asked for tap water and was told that we should never drink the tap water in Bruges! He said it was completely recycled water; recycled from all kinds of waste water. "Use your imagination", he said. "You might be able to drink tap water it for a few days, but any longer and you would become sick." We, of course, did not hesitate to order a bottle of water immediately! Upon further investigation the next day, we found that we had been bamboozled! There is no problem with the water. I detest this type of tourist exploitation! I understand that it is customary to order bottled water, but that was no reason to lie to us. He might have said that they didn't serve tap water, without the added deception. To add further insult, he brought a bottle of water that had no seal. It was a very attractive, fancy-looking bottle that cost 7 Euros for less than a liter. We never saw that particular brand again over our next week in Belgium. I rather suspect they reuse the bottles, filling them with, oh, I don't know,............ TAP WATER?
So despite the nice surroundings and decent food, we left with a bad taste in our mouths. I started this review with a "good" rating, but having written this has angered me all over again, so I will change it to poor. There is no excuse for that type of abuse.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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hojas, Manager at De Vlaamsche Pot, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
additional information; the price referred to concerns the personalised bottle and not the water itself is three euro; sometimes people think they pay for the bottle itself and want to take it with therefore we are obliged to ask a price for the bottle itself, greetings mario
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“Classic Flemish cuisine with great service in a warm atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

My wife and I were at first hesitant to dine here as we did not wish to have a heavy, old European style meal but we gave it a go and we were not disappointed. It was crowded but the staff was accommodating and found us a nice table. The atmosphere is dark and cosy and the interior was spotlessly clean, not dust on the many knicknacks around. Service was excellent. We were offered both an extensive wine and beer list and chose from both. Fresh house baked bread is served. The main courses was outstanding. Well cooked and full of flavor but not heavy or over sauced. Really good food, you should not be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice enough restaurant. Big portions. Food rather unexciting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Nice place to sit and eat, but the food didn't rock my boat particularly. Up against some still competition in Bruges. The restaurant is clean, the seating is rather cramped.
Food is good wholesome sort of european fare, OK but alas not better than that. Rather expensive for what we got.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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