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“Stylish basement reataurant”
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Ranked #64 of 723 Restaurants in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Stamford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Stylish basement reataurant”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

We visited this delightful restaurant during a weekend break in Bruges and although it is only a short distance from the markt, you could easily miss its basement location. We chose from the main menu and, after a lovely appetiser, we both enjoyed the queen scallops. For mains, I had the turbot which melted in the mouth,while my wife had the succulent lamb . We just about managed a platter of local cheeses for dessert. The wine list offered a wide range to complement the food.The service was very friendly and nicely paced - there was no rush to turn the tables around so don't go if you're in a hurry. Being in a basement there was a lovely atmosphere and with the tables well spaced out there was no feeling of being squashed in.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank bandaStamford
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Patrick V, Owner at de Bocarme, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Dear Banda, Thank you for taking some time to write your beautifull review, we are pleased to read that you had a nice time in our restaurant, hope to see you both back in the near future.
Kind regards Nadine and Patrick
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Sutton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Brilliant Meal Teamed with Great Service”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Me and my family visited Bruges and went to this restaurant on our first night, The owner was very friendly and told us about the history of the building the restaurant is now and provided great service as well. The food was outstanding, We went from the set menu of 4 courses and everything we ordered tasted great and was presented so nicely as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody visiting Bruges and I wouldn't hesitate to visit again

  • Visited February 2013
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3 Thank Lils B
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Patrick V, Owner at de Bocarme, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear Lols B and family, thank you for your kind words, we are pleased that you all had a wonderfull time with us and in Bruges. We where pleased that we where a small part in your time when you were in Belgium. Hope to see you all again in the near future.
Kind regards Nadine and Patrick
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Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, equally good service”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We tried to ok this restaurant for my Grandma's birthday and were originally unsuccessful but due to a cancellation were able to get in. The friendly and attentive service, by an owner who you would be convinced has lived in England due to his fluency, was second to none. We went for the set menu which was faultless. Unlike restaurants serving similar cuisine, the portions were not too small and the veal which I had was easily the best I've had. In the grand scheme of things is wasn't too expensive and was great value. As I understand it they are limited how many tables they have by staff shortages which would be only complaint. It is hard to get in but then again that's the reason the service was so good.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank William F
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Patrick V, Owner at de Bocarme, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Dear William F., Thank you for your kind review, we are pleased to hear that you all had a wonderfull time with us, and that Gran enjoyed hersell, We do have a limited amouth of tables, because we want to give our customers space, as you mention, we are a familly run restaurant with no extra staff ( we like it that way ) and can take so mutch as possible, we prefer to serve less people and serve them good value for money.
Hope to see you all back in the near future.
Kind regards from Nadine and Patrick
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Cologne, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Outstanding meal and evening”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was the restaurant my husband and I went to on our last evening in Bruges, turns out we saved the best restaurant for last! The restaurant is located in an old cellar. It is very cosy and we loved how the tables were spaced out, you didn't have someone sitting right next to you. We received a very warm greeting upon arrival and were made to feel very welcome. For starters my husband ordered the smoked Scottish salmon which he loved and I ordered the goat cheese and mango salad. There is a salad I'd happily eat every day, it was fantastic! For our main courses my husband tried Fillet of Turbot, a fish he'd never tried before but said he will definitely have again. He said it's a very meaty fish and he thoroughly enjoyed his meal. I ordered the beef tenderloin with pepper sauce. Cooked to perfection, tender and extremely tasty. For dessert my husband tried the apple pie and I ordered the ice swan with raspberry coulis, perfect endings to perfect meals! Our service throughout the evening was excellent, extremely friendly and we felt very relaxed during the entire evening. If we make another trip back to Bruges there is no doubt we will visit de Bocarme again.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Bonnie W
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Patrick V, Owner at de Bocarme, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Bonnie W, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are pleased that you had a wonderfull time and we hope to see you both back in the near future.
Kind regards from Nadine and Patrick
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stevenage
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great evening”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Just had a fantastic meal at this great little restaurant.Excellent food,good wine and a very charming and attentive host.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank john g
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Patrick V, Owner at de Bocarme, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear John G, Thank you for your kind review, we are pleased that you both enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again on your next visit to Bruges.
Kind regards from Nadine and Patrick
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