Second time at Point Brugge Cafe! We went there two weeks ago and I was very excited to try out the rest of their menu. Thankfully, I brought 3 other friends, 2 of which ordered new dishes, so I got to try 3 dishes in total. I can say that most of their other items are pretty good compared to the moules, which is still my favorite. One of my friends has never been to Point Brugge, so we convinced him to get the moules. Unfortunately he got the red curry sauce, so I did not get to try the white wine or spicy tomato sauce. Oh well, maybe next time.
Anyway, this time we ordered Ragù Bolognese, which is gemelli pasta with a rich ragù of beef, pork and sweet sausage braised in red wine and herbs, Carbonnade Flamande, which is beef braised in Belgian brown ale with onions, apricots, cherries and rosemary and served with frites for “our” take on a traditional Belgian dish, and Fresh Wild Fish (Halibut on that day), which is Chef’s selection pan seared and served with tabouleh style quinoa, julienned vegetables and red pepper chutney.
The fish entree was only okay. The quinoa was very, very good though. It was my first time having quinoa, so I have nothing to compare it to, but the pine nuts really went well with the quinoa. The texture reminds me of fish eggs (tamago) in sushi, which I really liked. Over all it was a very, um, aromatic. The smell/taste of wheat and whatever else was in it and pine nuts was amazing. The side salad was okay; nothing to special about it. The fish was also average… I honestly don’t know why I keep on ordering/eating fish if I don’t enjoy pan-seared fish very much. Overall, not a dish I would get again, but perhaps fish lovers would like it more.
The Carbonnade Flamande, ordered by one of my friends, was pretty good. I only had one tasting of it, but I really liked the seasoning. The beef was very tender and so it was really good. The , um, sauce (stew?) around it seemed to salty though. But I only had one bite, so maybe what I remember is not accurate. This is a dish I would recommend to people. I think the beef and vegetables were seasoned well and I liked it. It also comes with their amazing frites, which is a must have of course.
I had very low expectations for Ragu Bolognese, to be honest. When my friend ordered it I almost told him not to. I general I just don’t have very high expectations for pasta, I guess, but Point Brugge Cafe really blew me away. The sausage in it was, again, seasoned very well which tasted amazing. Unlike usual Italian pasta, their dish was not drenched in sauce, but I didn’t think the pasta was tasteless or anything. (Then again, one bite is probably not a good standard to rate the whole dish). I think I would recommend this dish to people who like pasta, although it is not as good as the Carbonnade FLamande.