In a residential neighborhood just a few minutes' walk north from the Adornes Hotel you'll find the kind of local restaurant that just about everybody would want to have in their neighborhood. Tom and his kitchen have been in this old house since 1999; today it’s an open-plan restaurant with exposed old brick walls and wooden beams, tiled floors, wooden tables and chairs, and a startlingly modern mosaic wall. The cooking is also thoroughly contemporary, with starters that might include panfried scallops with eggplant, tomatoes, and a thin slice of steak; or tuna tartare with scallops, wasabi, and nori. Main courses, just as imaginative, might include baked duck, which comes with a rich potato mash and thinly cut raw cabbage and mushrooms. There's also an excellent tapas menu that’s great for a quick lunch or for accompanying an early evening drink. The Serrano ham with garlic bread; mussels with chili, ginger, and lemongrass curry; or warm Camembert with a mango compote are all reasonably priced, at under €10 a plate. There’s a well put together wine list with enough choices by the glass, and bottles starting at €20. The young, friendly staff welcomes loyal locals as well as savvy visitors seeking out some of the best new cooking in town.
Our Rating Neighborhood St Gillis, North Bruges Hours Tues–Sat noon–2:30pm and 6:30–10pm Transportation 4, 14 to Gouden-Handstraat Phone 050/33-33-82 Prices Main courses €14.50–€27.85 Cuisine Type French, Belgian Web site Tom’s Kitchen
MapWest-Gistelhof 23 Bruges
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