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“Best meal in Bruges” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bhavani Indian Restaurant

Bhavani Indian Restaurant
Ranked #255 of 701 Restaurants in Bruges
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 reviews
“Best meal in Bruges”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

This was our favorite dining experience in Bruges. We just happened to
find it while walking thru Bruges looking for a place to have lunch. We sat
at a window table and enjoyed watching the activity in the square across
the street and the horse and buggies go by. Wonderful atmosphere,
excellent service and the food was wonderful. Our waiter patiently
explained the menu selections to us and - ooo lala - he was very
handsome!! If you like Indian food, don't miss Bhavani!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aachen, Germany
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic - yet again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Another visit to the Bhavani in Bruges and we were wowed yet again. The food is of a high quality and tastes absolutely fantastic. The flavours are incredible and the dishes are really authentic Indian dishes. For the main course we had the chicken madras and a shank of lamb- both dishes as well as the starters tasted great. The rice and naan bread also tasted very good. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. There is a good selection of wines and drinks on the menu. It is not cheap, but worth every penny. Actually this is the first Indian restaurant we have dined in where we think the food is worth a Michelin star!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good food but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited this restaurant in May as Indian food is her favourite. The restaurant is handily located off the main shopping street in Simon stevinplein, and although we reserved a table, it was possible to get a table in the evening without booking. There are around 15 tables, the atmosphere is nice, not too loud even though we were sat very close to another couple. The menu offers a meat option for 40 euro and a non meat option for 35 euro, consisting of a starter and a main. Drinks are on top and are not cheap. The food itself was well cooked, tasty and authentic Indian food (not the English style curry house) but the service, although friendly was a little slow. Mixed feelings, my wife would return (pull of a curry!), but I would try somewhere else next time.

Visited May 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Do not recommend - discriminating and prejudice staff refused to seat young couple”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

We asked for the menu upon arrival at the restaurant. The waiter showed the menu to us with the front page being a set menu for 35 euros per person. The waiter then said “I don’t think that this is a suitable place for you.” We questioned why this was the case as that’s an unusual comment for someone seeking custom. The waitor explained that the food that they serve is not like Indian food that they serve in England and therefore we wouldn’t like it. Having travelled to India previously, we knew that this wouldn’t be a problem for us. We were also suprised that he would know what we do or do not like eating! We are quite sure that the actual issue was the fact that he thought that we are a young couple therefore won’t be able to afford the menu. Despite this, we looked at the menu and decided to eat at the restaurant anyway (it’s difficult to find vegetarian food in Brugge and we saw that they had vegetarian options).
We then requested to be seated by a different waiter and he then explained that there was not any tables for us to be seated at. We knew that this wasn’t the case as the previous waiter had said that there was space and nobody had been seated before us. The second waiter also hadn’t checked if there was space anyway. We queried this with the second waiter and he said “well there isn’t space.” A group of 5 people where then seated after us and we left very disappointed with the discriminating and rude service.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Phenomenal South Indian Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

We were blown away by the quality of this food and hadn't expected much from an Indian restaurant in Bruges, but this is the real experience. Proper South Indian fare with none of the problems so common with standard Indian restaurants where food is pre-prepared ages in advance. There's a great vegetarian option, as you'd expect for S India, so for slight more you can chose the non-vegetarian option. Wonderful, fragrant flavours. We'd certainly go back if anywhere near in future.

Visited March 2014
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