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Michelin Star Restaurant in Bruges- Gastrobar Hubert

Amazing Lunch & Dining in Bruges at Gastrobar Hubert

Brugge in Belgian Flanders is a great place to experience great cuisine and taste dishes from Michelin star chefs. There are various Michelin star restaurants in Bruges. But this little town is also a very touristic place with 2 million visitors every year so it’s very easy to mistake quality over typical tourist orientated dishes. This kind of restaurants and cafés are mainly located in the centre of the town but the best ones are spread around. One of them is the exclusive and unique Gastrobar Hubert.

Door to Restaurant Sans Cravate Brugge
Door to Restaurant Sans Cravate Brugge

Gastrobar Hubert is one of my favourite places and doubtlessly one of the best restaurants in Brugge. First of all this hidden treasure is located on the quiet Langestraat 155-159 close to the ring road and park with the beautiful windmills. Secondary in the restaurant you will notice love for eye-catching design and interesting details. As a guest you immerse into a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, it literally feels like visiting your friends. All these factors make Gastrobar Hubert the ideal restaurant to have lunch in Bruges. If you stay longer than just one day in Bruges then you should definitely have a dining experience in Gastrobar Hubert.

Dining in Bruges, Gastrobar Hubert
Dining in Bruges, Gastrobar Hubert

Actually you will find 2 restaurants under one roof ran by Michelin star chef Henk van Oudenhove and his charming wife-hostess Veronique Bogaert: Sans Cravate and Gastrobar Hubert. Only the door with pants-less security guard (see the picture) is dividing the 2 concepts of dining. Sans Cravate has been offering sumptuous and creative dishes for 15 years and is very popular among locals. Gastrobar Hubert is more of a new concept resembling an English gastropub with more affordable prices but still high quality meals served for lunch and dinner.

The Mangalica

Let me tell you more about the most important part of Gastrobar Hubert: It’s phenomenal food! The dining experience in Bruges has been brought to a new level. Even the traditional Belgian food is served here in a much more creative and delicious way. There are various options, you can enjoy a great selection of tapas or share some plates but also order main dishes. If you come in the evening and you would like the chef and his team to guide you through the best of the menu then I would definitely recommend to choose the set 6 course menu. There is also an impressive choice of wines and beers. Hubert Gastrobar also has the rare Hubert beer which is brewed in a limited amount in the whole country.

Terrine of rabbit in riesling with goose liver

We decided to open our taste pallet with a glass of champagne and first bites to share. We decided to taste the Mangalica, a Hungarian breed of domestic pig, croquettes “Re-Belges” and a sophisticated terrine of rabbit in riesling with goose liver. The dishes come from an open kitchen where you can see how the magic is happening. Our starters were so good so even I, who is actually not a huge fan of croquettes didn’t want to share the last one with my boyfriend! Everything was fresh and full of flavours.

Golden bream cassoulet with chorizo served with beans and muscles

After waking up our appetite we decided to tickle our taste buds with two different main courses: Golden bream cassoulet with chorizo served with beans and muscles and the steak haché “Txogitxu” accompanied with fries and fresh salad. I was positively surprised that the meat that is being served in Gastrobar Hubert comes from the Basque area. Animals from there are not bred for slaughter, they live their life from 6 to 20 years (depends on an animal of course) and afterwards their meat is used for culinary intentions.

Steak haché “Txogitxu”

In Gastrobar Hubert meat is prepared on the slow spit so it stays succulent, flavourful and much healthier then fried in the pan. The phenomenal chef Henk van Oudenhove always adds interesting herbs and ingredients to make the best out of his creations. So even classics like French fries (which were served with my tartare) cooked in ox fat are delicious and not overcooked nor oily.

“Crepe Normande”

The culmination of our amazing dinner was a “Crepe Normande”, a caramelised pancake with apples flambeed in calvados and served with a scoop of home-made vanilla ice cream. A dessert that is just melting on your tongue and leaves you speechless! That was a perfect sweet ending to our memorable visit that we will soon repeat again! And you should too!

Restaurant Sans Cravate, Brugge

The Best places to have Breakfast in Bruges

Bruges is a fairy tale town in Belgium that you definitely need to explore! Read more what you can do there here. But I discovered some places where you can have delicious and healthy breakfast in Bruges all day long. Hipsters, health-freaks and foodies will fall in love with this charming café!

Your mother might’ve told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and she is right! Studies have proven that breakfast boosts your metabolism, helps you burn calories throughout the day and it also gives you the energy you need to get things done. And what can be better than a tasty and solid starter on a plate that is also expertly made by someone else?

1. Tasty Breakfast in Bruges at That’s Toast 

That’s Toast is an amazing cafe with great coffee and a variety of delicious dishes. You can order big breakfast plates for €14 per piece, with extra salmon on top of rucola and sweet potatoes for just €2,50 each. Portions here are magnanimous. The service and the meals are always out very quickly.  For a healthy start you can try different fresh juices or lemonades. The meat lovers will adore the other breakfast plate with tempting bacon, 2 different types of sausages, grilled tomato, beans in tomato sauce and the essential eggs. Definitely the breakfast for champions!

Breakfast, brunch, lunch or just a nice drink at That’s Toast, you will be satisfied with every choice! I doubtlessly discovered my new place to eat and relax and who knows maybe I’ll see you there too! Bon appetite!

Address: Dweersstraat 4, 8000 Brugge

2. The Best cakes at Patisserie Academie

Patisserie Academie is incredibly famous in Bruges and surroundings for it’s beautiful pastry creations. This charming cafe is always full with locals who like to enjoy delicious cakes with tea or coffee but also Academie’s unique breakfast.

Address: Vlamingtraat 56, 8000 Brugge

3. Amazing ice coffee at Li o Lait

Li o Lait in Bruges is a famous coffee and tea bar. You will mainly see locals there, tourists miss it somehow. At Li o Lait they serve the best ice coffee! The little cafe with it’s vintage interior even offers a small garden. Here you can enjoy delicious bagels, cakes and much more for your breakfast or lunch.

Address: Dweersstraat 30, 8000 Brugge

4. Healthy Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien is a restaurant chain of healthy brunching that is very famous in the whole of Belgium and beyond. All products that they serve are artisanal and organic. They even sell fresh bread and other delicious baked goods. Definitely a place to try out.

Address: Simon Stevinplein 15, Brugge

5. Delicious American Pancakes at Books & Brunch

Books & Brunch is not only a breakfast bar in Bruges but also a bookstore. It’s perfect for solo travellers who would like to enjoy an organic and tasty breakfast and immerse into one of the newspapers or books. There you can also enjoy American pancakes and scrumptious pies.

Address: Garenmarkt 30, 8000 Brugge

6. Famous Bagels at Sanseveria Bagelsalon

Sanseveria Bagelsalon in Bruges is famous for it’s sumptuous variety of bagel creations. It’s hiding in a quite street of the historical city centre providing you with a relaxed atmosphere. Sanseveria’s staff is very friendly and they will spoil you with their salads, lovely coffees, quiches and other goodies.

Address: Predikherenstraat 11, 8000 Brugge

7. Hidden Treasure Black Bird

Black Bird is a very popular cafe for breakfast and lunch in Bruges. This is where locals like to spend their weekends by enjoying delicious homemade food and drinks. Also the interior of Black Bird will leave you speechless because every detail is made with love. It’s definitely an awesome place for your Instagram feed.

Address: Jan van Eyckplein 7, 8000 Brugge

New Zealand’s oldest pub, The Thistle Inn

 I discovered one of NZ’s oldest iconic pub, built in 1840 and survived all the fires and earthquakes, Thistle Inn. Based in Thorndon, next to Parliament it received the second liquor license issued in the whole country and many famous Kiwis visited this establishment for refreshments. One of them was great Maori Warrior Te Rauparaha, Free spirit and poet Katherine Mansfield loved to visit the Thistle Inn too. But also various politicians, dock and government workers enjoy their delicious food and pints. Hard to believe but New Zealand has some good old history too!

It’s one of the most memorable places that I visited in Wellington: incredible service, friendly and polite staff, giving you great tips on what to order. It feels like being back in England with all the rustic furniture, wooden floors and welcoming atmosphere. The fireplace in the main room gives you cozy and relaxed vibes and there is also a glass floor through which you can observe the cellar from 1840 with the huge but cute rat John. Don’t worry the pet is not real but a funny addition to the original cellar.

Cute rat John

There are other options in terms of dining rooms like the bright area next to the main room. The glass ceiling lets in plenty of sunshine to lighten the space. Another one is the Historic Dining room designed in traditional royal, earthy green colours, surrounded by Wellington’s historic photos. And that’s not all, if you are curious and follow the stair up there are more of extraordinary rooms. Furthermore there is a smoker friendly balcony where you can get some fresh and not so fresh air. What is definitely impressive is the fact that there are original newspapers from the 1930’ies and 40’ies with significant milestones in our history. It’s also possible to book a short tour and to get more interesting facts about the iconic pub.

Historic Dining Room

But let’s talk about the crucial reason why I went there: Food. The Thistle Inn offers a great range of choices on their menu, supplemented by various beverages and daily special offers. The menu doesn’t contain too many dishes, but all of them will satisfy every guest. It’s an interesting mix of old pub food like fish and chips and pork scratchings combined with a fine and exclusive cuisine. From the very beginning you get a fancy glass of lightly sparkling water with a slice of cucumber and lemon. Waiters always keep an eye out to make sure your glass full, so you are constantly hydrated.

Bar area & handsome man

We started our delicious journey with the Duck Liver Paté $16. Our order was served promptly and the size of a portion could make a group of 3-4 people happy. The texture and flavours of the paté were on point, the bread was fresh and crispy. Loved this signature dish!

Duck Liver Paté $16

We were suggested to try the soup of the day with potatoes, leak and truffle oil $15 and the Monk fish, prawn brochettes, tomato linguini, capers, pecorino $26. Shortly after the paté we could observe the descent sizes of the plates filled with delightful creations in front of us. The hearty and warming soup was a thick creamy puree loaded with incredible flavors. Doubtlessly a must try at the Thistle Inn. The fresh soup recipes change every 3-4 days but if that one was so amazing I’m curious how the others would taste?

soup of the day with potatoes, leak and truffle oil $15 and Monk fish, prawn brochettes, tomato linguini, capers, pecorino $26

You can’t do anything wrong if you order pasta, especially the one that we’ve tried: linguini served in sweet tomato sauce combined with refreshing but not penetrant herbs. Decorated with chunky and savory pieces of white monk fish and huge prawns skewers covered with big slices of pecorino. The dish is not only picturesque for your eyes but mind-blowing on your tongue. It was hard for me to resist and not to steal some mouthwatering prawns coated in red sauce and exclusive cheese. I would recommend both dishes to everyone!

Apple & Blackberry crumble, vanilla bean gelato $14

After our mains we needed some time to digest the food and all the exciting impressions for our senses. And because our motto is YOLO, we needed to try a dessert. We decided to share one, because there was almost no space left in the stomach. Our choice fell on the Apple & Blackberry crumble, vanilla bean gelato $14. If you love refreshing and scrumptious pies that would be the winner.

Date & Apple Chutney

My partner and I were celebrating our 2 year anniversary of being happily together (cheesy, right?) and the restaurant staff knew that. As a gift from them we received their house-made Date & Apple Chutney. Super cute and also delicious afterwards! You can purchase them in the establishment for $6. An interesting and healthy mix!

 

All in one I adore this place and would recommend to enjoy food or drink at the Thistle Inn. It’s a great spot for a date or to enjoy and unwind after work, just make sure you reserve a table for dinner. This place can get crowded and busy in the evening with a nice mix of young and mature guests.

If you are still wondering where to go to eat in Wellington here are some awesome advices!

The Wellington Food Show

Wellington is famous for it’s culinary creativity and constant development of new delicious recipes. But on the 26th – 28th of May at Westpac stadium it will surprise us with an amazing exhibition “The Wellington Food Show”. It means all courages foodies can come to taste and purchase various local and international delicacies.

Numerous exhibitors will spoil visitors with sumptuous cheeses, grass fed Angus beef, handmade dumplings, deluxe chocolate, ice cream and many other healthy and high quality products. I already had an opportunity to taste some of the products like “West Coast Cocoa” Dark Deluxe Hot Chocolate. Just one spoonful of this delicious powder, including a lower amount of sugar mixed with hot milk will keep you warm and happy for the whole winter! Another item that surprised me with it’s great taste is the pure and raw wildflower honey from J.Friend and Co. This honey is very rich in fresh floral and fruity citrus flavours. So I’m looking forward to see what else will expect us at The Wellington Food Show.

The highlight of The Wellington Food Show will be the cooking theatre where culinary stars will demonstrate magic in the kitchen featuring cook Annabel Langbein, Simon Gault, Annabelle White (looks like the name Annabelle is blessed to be a great cooker), Michael Van de Elzen etc. So we all can learn tips and tricks how to prepare delightful and mouth watering meals at home.

There is no fun without liquid beverages like coffee or craft beers. This is another highlight to expect: a variety of brewers, wineries and more! So you see you on one of these days at Westpac Stadium tasting one of the nourishing or handmade treats.

Dine out in Wellington’s trendy restaurant Foxglove

This Christmas we were wondering where to celebrate one of the most important holidays of the year. We were searching for something extravagant and unique. Wellington’s restaurants have a tendency to be very casual and ignore the etiquette of fine dining, but lucky us we discovered exclusive place, Foxglove Bar & Kitchen, in the ideal location: the heart of Wellington’s Queens Wharf. Nevertheless everyone is welcome and prices are acceptable as it may not initially seem so.

Mesmerizing design of Foxglove

Foxglove is all about mesmerizing design spread across two spacious levels. The bar and restaurant have a gorgeous vintage glamour look with it’s oversized couches and armchairs, an intimate corner with an open fireplace and a wall decorated with hunting trophies. Animal lovers shouldn’t be worried, because these trophies are not real but purely esthetic creations. Somehow you feel like being in a modern museum or Narnia, walking through the majestic wardrobe and exploring every square inch of Foxglove. The great and relaxing atmosphere is emphasized by friendly, discrete and thoroughly professional waiters and bartenders, who would love to help you with any request.

Trophies on the wall of Foxglove

Foxglove offers it’s guests the opportunity to enjoy Wellington’s rare sunny weather and ceaseless stunning view of the harbour on it’s deck. This is where we decided to clink our glasses to the Christmas spirit. The cocktail menu may appear short but here is an fondness for quality, not quantity. The presentation, size and taste of the cocktails is delightful for the surprisingly good price of $12.

Little Bourbon based cocktail and refreshing Spritzer

Little Bourbon based cocktail and refreshing Spritzer

Insider: On Thursday all cocktails cost just $10 and tap beer $7. So it’s a great opportunity to enjoy after work and have a lovely chat with your friends. 

Seared venison, baby spinach, toasted cashews, marinated olives, freekeh, blue cheese dressing, balsamic reduction $35

Seared venison, baby spinach, toasted cashews, marinated olives, freekeh, blue cheese dressing, balsamic reduction $35

Our main reason for visiting Foxglove was to try it’s mouthwatering menu, so we decided to proceed to the dining room on the ground floor to our booked table. The choice fell on seasonal and locally sourced dishes: Panfried salmon, coconut & chilli wild rice, bok choy, black sesame, seaweed salad, chilli sambal $31 accompanied with house salad side $7. And the Seared venison, baby spinach, toasted cashews, marinated olives, freekeh, blue cheese dressing, balsamic reduction $35 with hand cut fries $10. Both dishes left us speechless with big happy smiles on our faces. The salmon was juicy, fresh and not bathing in oil, which can happen pretty often with this kind of fish. The spicy sauce emphasized the meal’s savoriness. The meat was done on point keeping the red colour in the middle of every piece. Both dishes were not only rich in flavours but served in magnanimous portions. All in one it will keep every gourmet and foodie happily fulfilled.

Panfried salmon, coconut & chilli wild rice, bok choy, black sesame, seaweed salad, chilli sambal $3

Panfried salmon, coconut & chilli wild rice, bok choy, black sesame, seaweed salad, chilli sambal $31

Foxglove is definitely a marvelous place to impress your date or celebrate a special occasion. Withal, if the menu is too high priced in your opinion, Foxglove is still a great choice to come and have a coffee or delicious cocktail and enjoy the sweeping harbour view. So don’t forget to treat yourself sometimes!

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