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De Karmeliet

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A world-renowned culinary landmark, De Karmeliet is set in a stately, 18th-century house. Owner-chef Geert Van Hecke's inventive kitchen changes the menu every two months, but during any season, the house style is an orgyization of ingredients, with on-top-of-on-top-of luxuries. The Hare Harlequin (rabbit) with legs stuffed with goose liver Royale is one such example, the Roasted Pheasant with black truffles and goose liver Souvaroff parmentier is another. The waitstaff perfectly choreographs each course with a cool professionalism (remember to check out the wine list which plumbs the best of international vintages) in keeping with the restaurant's formal ambience, set by the coved ceilings and gilt-framed paintings. But the showpiece is out back: an Italian-style garden replete with impressive topiaries and, all in all, one of the most stunningly graceful restaurant gardens in Europe.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Langestraat 19, Brugge, B8000 | Map It
  • Phone: 050/33–82–59
  • Website:
  • Subway: Bus 6
  • Location: Brugge

    Restaurant Details

  • Jacket required
  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. and Mon.and 3 weeks mid-June–mid-July.
Updated: 10-18-2013

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    De Karmeliet Review

    • This is a great Restaurant! Let's start with the decor; it is very classy and understated with wonderful artwork. An excellent wine list with a great number of very reasonable wines from France and Germany. The service is impeccable: attentive and understated. When seated they bring you a selections of amuse bouches, all wonderful, one was a dish containing shellfish , for which I am allergic. No issue, they removed it and quickly replaced it with another delicious selection. My wife and I chose the Le Plat Pays Menu and had two different starters. She has the “Starters around a Tomato Theme” and I had the baked goose liver. Both were very tasty and excellent. We both had the Veal, which was extremely well prepared, included a cutlet, veal cheek and tongue (yes sounds scary, but it isn’t) and served caramelized Cauliflower as a great side. Dessert was equally wonderful, I had a cherry sorbet and she had a chocolate dish. Coffee and a selection of small petit fours completed a great dinner. Yes it was expensive but no where near as expensive as a similar quality experience in Paris. I love this place and would highly recommend it.

    by Peter16, 6/16/12

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