What: Christmas dinner in Bruges.
Note: Bruges is a gorgeous medieval town in the west of Belgium. The town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famed for its historic monuments, charming canals and wonderful medieval atmosphere, but also for its gastronomic delights. Some of the best restaurants in Belgium are located in Bruges (or Brugge in Flemish) and its surroundings. In addition, the town is also world-famous for its intricate lace and divine chocolates.
I celebrated Christmas Eve in Assiette Blanche, a cosy restaurant in the centre of Bruges, and opted for the five-course Christmas dinner with matching wines. To get our taste buds going, we were served a glass of De Faveri Prosecco, one of the best I’ve ever had, accompanied by a shrimp croquette and a light foie gras mousse. My taste buds certainly perked-up!
One of the highlights of the meal was the first course, which featured a crispy slice of veal topped with foie gras, and a small chicory and chive salad on the side with a smooth mustard vinaigrette. Absolutely gorgeous!
The second course was another highlight: lightly-fried monk-fish fillets topped with pancetta, on a bed of couscous that was prepared in a strong shrimp bouillon (broth). I’m not a big fan of couscous but it certainly complemented the richly flavoured monk-fish beautifully.
The main courses and dessert were of an equally high quality and we left the restaurant feeling like we’d just had the meal of a lifetime!
If you’re visiting Bruges and feel like indulging yourself with an exquisite meal, I can certainly recommend Assiette Blanche. It has a lovely interior, the food is stunning and the service is top-notch.
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