This felt like a restaurant trying to seem authentic and rustic to tourists. Surrounded by English, Russian and Spanish, I realized that no local would ever be caught dead here.
Two fixed menu options, both for 32 euros, which by default do not include any vegetarian dishes. The 'a la carte menu' is limited, with no explanations of the dishes. Only familiar big-name, big-batch beers on the menu and just 5 or 6 of them. In a country famous for its endless variety of beer, this seemed like a travesty. They didn't offer a single beer from the one brewery still brewing in Brugge proper.
The tomato soup was scalding hot on arrival and was very salty. The beef stew, which is the reason the place was recommended to me, was surprisingly sweet. This, I gather, is one way to prepare it, but it was otherwise not very flavorful. The dessert was nice, but nothing special. This kind of food is uncomplicated and does not require expensive ingredients so it needs to be tastier to cost as much as it did.
The good: Quiet enough to talk without having to raise your voice (maybe noisier on a weekend night). Generous portions. I couldn't finish any of the courses. For this, I've given it "average" instead of "poor", but I wouldn't actually go back.
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