Through the use of Google Places and Tripadvisor we narrowed down our dinner choices this evening and went to Bistro Den Huzaar at Vlamingstraat 36 this evening. After walking about twice as far as we needed to due to deciding we didn’t need to use the map we arrived at this bistro that was very busy and we were lucky to get a table.
As it turns out we were lucky enough to be sitting next to a gentleman that frequents the restaurant often and knew the family well that owned and ran the restaurant and talked with us for the entire evening about Brugge, politics, neighbouring countries, New Zealand, the family associated with the restaurant and lots of other topics. It made for an excellent atmosphere and memorable experience.
We both went with the €32 set menu of three courses and got 50cl of the house white wine to share (which as it turned out was very enjoyable). I started with a crab dish that was excellent and Jane had a Bouillabaisse that she thoroughly enjoyed (although the mussels were a lot smaller than back home in New Zealand).
For our mains we had pork cheeks cooked in beer and cherry that were very tender and flavoursome and a generous portion of sole filled with shellfish accompanied by a rich sauce. Both dishes were superb meals of honest food.
For dessert I had the brugge swan which was pear and icecream with meringue and a chocolate sauce and made to look like a swan and Jane had the most delicious passionfruit sorbet that was accompanied by half a passionfruit and what we think was passionfruit schnapps.
After all three courses I was very full; in fact I was full after the second course.
The gentleman beside us insisted on buying us each a coffee, introduced us to various family members and as we left the restaurant it was as if we were all old friends and we had a chorus of farewells.
We would definitely be happy to return.