Eat Brugge: Lunch at Aquarel
So we spent a weekend in Brugge, that old medieval city in Belgium which is famous for its canals, towers and the midget who starred in the film In Bruges along with Colin Farell and another English actor. Aside from spending few hours running around the shopping streets, taking advantage of the braderie to find some cool and affordable items, MK and I also spend a good 24 hours meal in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was already 2.30PM and we are tired of haunting the whole city in search of an ATM machine that accepts our Rabobank cards and when we finally found one in Simon Stevinplein street, we immediately went to the restaurant beside the geldautomaat, which turned out to be Aquarel.
According to their website, Aquarel is founded in 1996 by the Teerlinck-Versluys family. It is actually quite a small place, like a usual Dutch or Belgian restaurant that also has a mini al fresco area to accomodate guests who wants to enjoy the sunshine.
The roasted chicken is only good for its skin (the best part of a roasted chicken, dont you think?) but the meat is dry and a complte disappointment. Had I not been that hungry, I don’t think I would eat past three bites from it. The Zeetongetjes is ok, well fried, golden brown and not burned but without the citrus I think (just like any Dutch fish) would taste bland and equally forgettable. Good thing that we had the salad and the burned french fries to balance the already unbalanced taste (do I make sense?) of the food we ordered.
Fortunately, their red housewines, EUR3,0/glass, is good enough. I got a little giddy after finishing my glass and would have wanted to order some more but we have a whole list to do. We paid the bill of EUR42,0 and regretted that we chose Aquarel. I hope they improve on the taste of their chicken and fish.