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“Good food, slow service.”
Review of Lieven

Lieven
Ranked #90 of 734 Restaurants in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Fresh products, beautiful interior
Reviewed 13 April 2013

Nice and small restaurant close to the Burg. We had dinner in the cosy living room on the first floor.
The waiter suggested us to order the same courses: asparagus with Jamón Ibérico, cod with vegetables and to finish crumble with yogurt mousse, vanilla ice-cream and passion fruit. The food was delicious and well cooked.
Everything would have been perfect if we had not waited a long time during our dinner; despite the waiting, I recommend this place!

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Reviewed 7 November 2012

This is a small and modern little restaurant. Unfortunately the night we were there they only had 1 waiter who had very little time to explain the menu which was written entirely in Flemish!!! When we finally ordered our dinner it was more from watching what other people were eating than his attentiveness.
The chef who did not appear to have any kitchen help prepares each dinner individually so we waited over an hour our food to arrive and by that time had almost finished a bottle of wine. The
food when it did arrive was excellent. Service severely lacking and definitely non very friendly. We did notice that the locals who arrived were treated a little more warmly!!!!

3  Thank MegCanada
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

I want to reccomend this restaurant. It is close to The Burg, but it is not a tourist trap. The staff are excellent and the decor is a bit of minimalist modern combined with old beams and ceramic tile.
So, we arrived for our reservation and ordered a drink. The menu was all in Dutch and the waiter patiently walked us through each item. We ordered the Seafood Linguine and the Pâté for appetizers and steak and whitefish for our main course.
The appetizers arrived and we both looked at each other. They were beautiful and large. We described the seafood linguine as "maybe the best linguine pasta we've ever had.". The Pâté was as smooth as butter and I ate it with thick, dark raisin bread. Delicious!!
As we waited for our main course, we realized that we were very full, we were very satisfied and we did not need more food.
The waiter was excellent. He assured us that it was not a problem, his biggest concern that we were unhappy with the service which was distinctly not the case.
The main course was cancelled, we paid 100 Euros for the 72.50 Euro bill and we left relaxed and happy.
This is a terrific place to eat. We were impressed, with the food, the service and the attitude.
I reccomend Lieven as a neat place to eat in Brugge.

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6  Thank George B
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Good food, great location,nice waiter , but the patron (cook) he is top! Restaurant is in the


middle of the town near interesting schops! Please notice the patron is working in an open kitchen with a lot of passion.

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4  Thank Ann V
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

and it is great!

This cosy place in the heart of the city is a very strong newcomer, the young chef and his lovely wife are running this place with a passion which is hard to find in the tourist places.

The chef sticks to only a few fresh starters and main courses but he changes the menu every couple of weeks. All ingredients are extremely fresh and the courses have an original touch, definitely the hand of a young chef who knows what he is doing without showing off too much.

For starters, I tried the 'stew' of bouchot mussels (19 euro) which wasn't really a stew but more of a soup. Bouchot mussels are the small version from the Nord of France and they are usually tastier than their bigger cousins from the South of Holland. The whole table actually cleaned out their plate to the last dip with bread because it was so good.

The second starter was a nice plate of seasoned lamb skewers (17 euro) with yoghurt and a crispy salad. I was raised in the Turkish restaurants of Harringay London so I am quite snobbish about lamb skewers. Lamb is easy to dry out but this was of excellent quality. The salad was interesting to say the least.

As main course we all went for the codfish with tomato and pasta (28 euro). I am no fan of getting served pasta with my main course but the fish was brilliant. The cod, which is sometimes a bit of a boring fish, was fresh and delicate and although it is easy to overcook the fillet so it falls apart, this was done perfectly. The pasta got soggy in the sauce pretty quickly which is the only minus about our visit.

Some people had told me this place was expensive but you can eat a great lunch here for just 15 euro. If you know that you pay 10 euro in any friterie in this arrogant touristic city for a pack of french fries, mayonaise en two pieces of dried out and fat meat than you know this place is extreme value.

Also try to go upstairs (where you can book for small groups) and have a look at the interesting furniture. The tables are made by a Dutch artist but I forgot his name and can't find it back on the web either.

The website http://www.etenbijlieven.be/ is in Dutch/Flemish only but that also means you find very little tourists here. This restaurant is here to stay and I am very happy about that.

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