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Need Recommendations for restaurants in Bruges please. So far have a very short list of choices.

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We will be in Bruges this coming May and are looking for restaurant recommendations for our three dinners in town. We like to prefer lighter/modern restaurants. So far here is our list:

De Stove
De Gastro
Den Dyver - my husband is intrigued by the beer pairings with the meal
Cafedraal

Any other suggestions? HOw would you rate these choices?

Thanks for any help you can give us.

Susan

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  1. Susan,

    We will be in Bruges in April - I also have De Stove, and Den Dyver on my list -

    Where did you end up eating? Did you get to either of them?

    Anyone else with Bruges suggestions?
    We only have 2 nights, the third night of our stay I want to go to A place called Siphon - which is in Damm - the place and menu look to be exactly up my alley - has anyone been there?

    Thanks so much for any help/advice!!

    8 Replies
    1. re: NellyNel

      You either love or hate Siphon. I think you should give it a chance. The surrounding area is really nice and the eel is amongst the best you can have. Next to that they have a wonderful yet very affordable wine list. People who don't love it say the kitchen is too traditional and the restaurant is too big. But I like the charm of it - there's a reason why the restaurant is always full.

      Next to this, you really should try one of the starred restaurant from some of the young prodigies. I can heavily recommend De Jonkman, that serves a wonderful mix of local ingredients and modern techniques. Hertog Jan is another place that is aiming high and really is great. If you like it more traditional, try De Karmeliet or its bistro De Refter or Den gouden Harynck. These places are not cheap, but what you'll have on your plate will be unforgettable.

      1. re: Bill Shankly

        We will be in Brugges for one night in July. We are deciding between Hertog Jan and De Jonkman. Would you recommend one over the other?

        1. re: Nancy S.

          Honestly, both are excellent and choosing between them is really hard. The cuisine of Hertog Jan might be a bit more international than De Jonkman. I somehow prefer the atmosphere of De Jonkman, of which I think the price/quality ratio is unbeatable in this high segment of cooking.

          1. re: Bill Shankly

            Thanks. Also, by any chance have you been to C-Jean in Ghent. We plan to have dinner there during our July holiday, and In de Wulf as well.

            1. re: Nancy S.

              In de Wulf is unique! It's the perfect mix of the Copenhague-style kitchen and El Bulli. If you go for dinner, I can recommend you to stay a night at In de Wulf. You will be glad not to have to take the (long) way back, the surroundings are wonderful and the breakfast in the morning is great.

              It's a shame, but I never went to C-Jean. I somehow heared too many mixed opinions on it. A new place in Ghent is Volta and has also a young, very talented chef in the kitchen. The scenery is fantastic and it's good value for money.

              And for shopping: In Bruges go for The Chocolate Line (incredible chocolates) and in Ghent for real authentic Tierentyn mustard.

        2. re: Bill Shankly

          Thanks Bill and rrems!!

          I think I will love Siphon - I saw a few photo's on Virtual Tourist and it looks wonderful to me. I certainly don't mind traditional, and a large room filled with hungry diners does appeal to me as well.
          I will look into De Jonkman - i actually havent come across this place in my research yet.

          Our hotel sent a list of restaurant rec's with our confirmation, and Den Dyver was one of them - it does look interesting!

          Ah so many choices...so little time!!

          Any more advice is welcome!! (though will no doubt add to my confusion!!)

        3. re: NellyNel

          The only restaurant I have been to in Bruges is Den Dyver, but I can say it was a delight. The beer pairings are a must. They may not be the best beers I have ever had, but they were well chosen to complement the dishes. The food was excellent and the ambience is extremely charming.

          1. re: rrems

            How about a good trip report after/during your travels and adventures?