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$$$ - a bit pricey
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phone: +32 (0)50 33 57 81
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$$
If you are a beer lover, I would not go here. If you are looking for a place to eat and have a beer, Cambrinus Restaurant is much better. They had four boring things on tap, and the food looked a little expensive. I left before even ordering anything. The people working there were nice enough, they just don't have enough good beer to justify going there over the other great places in Bruges. I would recommend struise, cambrinus, and 't burgs beertje over this place. It is nice to go down this side street though because they do have a very nice view of the canal.
01-18-2012 18:31:16 |
More by mendvicdog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A modern looking restaurant in the middle of a medieval town. A nice aesthetic dynamic. People seemed to dress a little nicer in here. Heard all kinds of languages circulating in the air. The host was very engaging and conversational throughout our dessert and beers... and he spoke eight languages to provide the same hospitality to the other patrons.
While the draft beers were served a little on the cold side, they were all excellent or world-class artisanal Belgian beers. Same goes for the bottle list too. The dessert we had was also of excellent quality.
Food service was slow, but beer service was quick. It always came with a very professional and courteous attitude.
Wow. Some very rare gems here. Liefman's Kriek on draught, Alvinne 30 on draught, 1984 Stille Nacht. Just wonderful. Tons of stuff to choose from, none of which seemed to be a macrobrew.
Both desserts- the apple pie and the mango pie- that we had were exquisite. Certainly worth the wait. Their richness and decadence rivaled that of most Belgian chocolate we had in Bruges.
03-24-2010 15:32:21 |
More by jgasparine
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We went here 3 times and pretty much it was for one beer. Also, if it weren't for the service on the third time the score would be a 4.5 and not a 1.5. Let me explain.
Modern atmosphere with nice and comfortable seats. When we entered each time we were asked if we were their to eat or just for the beer, and when we replied "Beers" we were quickly seated and treated as nicely as we could expect. Selection was very good, all quality and quite a few vintages. Many Christmas beers on tap and bottle as it was the season. We saw that they were offering a 1988 vintage of De Dolle Stille Nacht, so we got one along with two other xmass beers. The Stille Nacht was amazing and brought us back the next day, and then a third. On the third day we were greeted by the same waiter who knew what we wanted and went back to get it. He came back with 2 light colored Stille Nacht's and assured us that they wee in fact the vintages. I privately confronted him saying that I knew that the Stille Nacht has been blonde for a few years and we were paying for the same dark colored 1988 Stille Nacht's we had gotten 2 days in a row. He insisted that they were the same and instead of causing a scene, I sat down and drank the still wonderful beverage. At this point all he had to do was charge us for the regular Stille Nacht (3.50 Euro) and I would have been fine with it all. BUT NO!! we were charged the 6.50 for the 1988 vintage (actually on the receipt). I could have complained more but just left instead. Still had a wonderful time and got to try a beer that was fantastic. thanks for listening to my rant, it feels better to get it off my chest. I probably would end up going back just to see what they had for vintage beers alone.
12-30-2009 13:44:11 |
More by thepeter
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited here during a recent trip to Belgium.
The atmosphere was nice enough. Modern style, white linens, and red chairs. It is located in a beautiful, midieval section of Bruges near a scenic canal.
While many people here have said good things about the service- my experience was different. We came in late one evening to have dessert and a drink only. When we told the server we were only planning on having dessert his reaction was downright condescending and rude. 'You are only having dessert?!' I actually thought he might kick us out from the way it was said. The restaurant was over half empty at this point, so we weren't holding up a table that could have made more money. We ordered a bottle of Trappist Achel Extra Bruin. When the bottle was brought to the table the waiter pointed out they didn't have the Blond in the cellar (which we didn't order at least) and said he brought the extra instead. The beer was then served in improper glassware (the only place in Belgium I had seen this done). Our server did not appear to have a depth of knowledge in the world of beer despite the advertising as a beer desination. The waiter returned to drop off our food, and then disappeared for over an hour. L'addition S'il vous plait- enough had been seen here.
The food was very good. We had the Flemmish Pear pie. I had never had this before, and it was excellent.
I really wanted to like this place more. Great location, good beer selection, and very good food. Rude service made me feel like persona non grata here. I've worked as a bartender before, and I have nothing but empathy and patience for servers, but there wasn't a good way to rationalize the service here.
08-25-2009 01:41:38 |
More by gotbeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We stayed here for a couple nights but since we are cheap we didn't actually eat a meal in the restaurant as it was rather pricey. We did however hang out on the back deck in the sunshine and drink quite a few beers and got to know the very friendly waiter.
The beer menu is quite extensive BUT make sure to ask for what is in the cellar and NOT on the list. That is how we got some Westy blonds for 5 euros (the only Westy they had). They have quite a bit of good stuff at a very reasonable rate.
The waiter, can't remember his name, that we had was great. He came out to check on us quite a bit and told us a lot about Brugge and Belgium in general and gave us a lot of advice on how to fill some empty days on our itinerary.
I wish we could have had the food as I am sure it was excellent but we were living off of bread, cheese, sausages, sandwiches and frites....
05-26-2009 16:06:37 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
We went right before the Zythos. A bit hard to find, but very modern. Parking was a hassle and we had to park pretty far away. Once there we found Erasmus to have very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The food was of extremely high quality and the portions were good-sized. The courses were between 20-30 Euros which seemed pricey, but Brugge seems to be that way. They were out of some of the beer selections and the food courses, but made helpful suggestions. Nice stuff on draft and the waiter made excellent suggestions for additional beer bars to visit. Awesome time, but a bit pricey....
02-25-2008 18:05:49 |
More by damjadi
British Indian Ocean Territory
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First bar of the trip - 24 hours of traveling and jet lagged we walk the 30 seconds over to the Erasmus. Not what I was expecting - a very urbane and sparse design, while well done not my thing. The service and selection certainly makes up for coolness of the space.
Draft selection is outstanding, however when we were in town they we working the line up down as they would be closing for a month of reno's and hoidays. One of my goals for the trip was to try as many Chritmas beer on tap as possible, and this was a great place to start:
Avec Les Bons Voeux
Abbaye des Rocs Speciale Noel
De Koninck Winterkoninck
I also had my one and only stout on the trip (a nice break from the usual at home) - Ellezelloise Hercule Stout. Gotta love the Belgian tradition of snacks with your drinks, whether it was my wifes tea, or my beer you always got something good to eat, and Erasmus had the best. Especially on our last night (and their last before closing) we got a full meals worth of toothpickable food. I only wish I had made it there in time to try the Black Albert.
01-13-2008 13:02:19 |
More by CBA
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I not only visited Erasmus for dinner and drinks one night while in Brugge but my wife and I also stayed at the hotel.
The restaurant is trendy looking inside and not very large but is welcoming. The draft selection was about 16 or so when we visited and included a good amount of Christmas beers. Over the course of a night of dinner we had several drafts and bottles including Verhaeghe Christmas on draft and Winterkoninkske as well. I was lucky enough to find they still had bottles of De Dolle 21 which was made for their 21st anniversary so the bottle was about 9 years old when I tried it and it was very pleasing. The bottle selection is about 200 or more deep and many of them are on display in the walls of the restaurant.
The food is excellent as well. I had a Flemish Grandmothers stew and frites that was great and my wife enoyed her food as well.
The owner of Erasmus is very nice and the bartenders are helpful in making selections with drafts and bottles.
They often have rare treats in bottle and on draft so Erasmus is definitely one of the top places when you visit Brugge.
01-08-2008 20:27:27 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
the atmosphere of this place is sparse modern decor. fairly plain inside with the exception of the bottles of beer displayed on shelves built into the walls.
all the beers we had were in good condition and served in wine glasses.
the service was inattentive, but average for brugge/western europe.
16 on tap i believe, which were a little more rare, and maybe like ~200 bottles with plenty of good ones.
we sampled some appetizers while we were there and though a little expensive, were good.
a good place to check out if you are spending a few days in brugge, but there are some other places that should be higher on your list of 'must visits.'
10-05-2007 13:59:56 |
More by kmo1030
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Properly speaking, Brasserie Erasmus is first a restaurant, second a hotel, and perhaps a distant third a bar. If you walk in expecting a drink in a pub, you'll probably hate it -- the selection is largely limited to the sixteen beers they have on tap, they don't use proper glassware, you've got good odds of getting an eccentric and absent minded seventy-year-old for a waiter, and the ambiance is white-tablecloth Danish modern. On the other hand, if you stay in the hotel and walk downstairs for dinner, you might like it as much as we did.
First off, the food was easily the best we had in Belgium. After trying it the first night, we couldn't convince ourselves to go anywhere else, including the renowned Dyver around the corner (which would've cost 50% more) our two subsequent nights in Bruges. Erasmus serves high end traditional beer cooking, from fantastic cheese croquettes (is that hops I taste?) to their jaw-dropping stewed eels in cream and gueuze. Their cook was even willing to create an original dish, not on the menu, each night for my vegetarian girlfriend, all three of which were excellent.
Secondly, if you give him the time to warm up to you, and take the time to warm up to him, Tom, the aforementioned eccentric, will be one of the highlights of your trip. Tom loves beer, Bruges and his guests (especially the ladies, in a harmlessly affable way), and seems overjoyed to have the opportunity to share his beer, his food and his city with you.
Yes, the selection is relatively small -- most of the time I tried to order off of their bottle menu they convinced me to get something on draft instead -- but the draft menu is outstanding. Did you know Liefman's made an unsweetened kriek, and it's exceptional? They do, but (apparently) only for Tom. Have you heard of the brewery Vicarus? Beeradvocate hasn't, but when I visited, Tom had a tripel and a "generaal" (reminiscent of the Hercule stout, but fruitier) from them, and they were wonderful. Your drinking will be largely limited to sixteen choices, but all sixteen are going to be hand-picked, many rare or unique, and your waiter will be happy help you explore the menu or suggest pairings.
The Erasmus isn't much of a bar, but I couldn't be happier with the experience as a hotel or restaurant. If you're in Bruges, I urge you to pay it a visit.
06-26-2007 15:21:22 |
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Brasserie Erasmus in Brugge, Belgium