I went to Bruges last week and on my first evening wandered around the side streets of this beautiful old city – doing a bit of menu spotting as I went – and got totally lost. It was then I saw a very small restaurant (seats 12 at a time) with an almost vegan menu – plus some fish. It was beautifully appointed – linen tablecloths, sparkling glasses, etc – and so that was it for me for dinner. The oldish lady owner served an appetizer of hot spiced aubergine in crumbly pastry. First course was a neat, round quinoa salad filled with minute dice of tangy veg and beside it, grated raw beetroot, fennel and other things I couldn’t recognise with a wonderfully zesty dressing and beside it, warm marinated beetroot pieces on thyme skewers.
Main course was tiny whole carrots, baby new potatoes and a medley of other vegetables in a white wine sauce with a puff pastry lid.