Restaurant review #1 – Some British friends told us that in one of the small alleys not too far from ‘tZand, they’d seen a sign in front of a restaurant that mentioned ‘vegan’. What?? really??
After searching on the internet, we stumbled upon the website of restaurant Réliva. Their menu explicitly mentions “vegan”, which we haven’t seen much yet in these parts of the woods.
We telephoned to check whether vegan was really possible, explicitly stating this is without butter, cheese and eggs (‘yeah sure, no problem, that’s all possible‘), and we promptly made our reservation!
The general menu card (à la carte) mentions some vegetarian items, including a vegan dish. The specific menus also list a Veggiemenu (35euro), with a vegan option for the appetizer, main dish and dessert.
The vegan menu (35 €) was:
- Season’s salade with fresh raw vegetarbles, pine nuts and Thai pepper salsa
- Organic quinoa with red lentils, peas, paksoi, shiitake, broccoli and purslane with Dhania Massala dressing, coriander and sesame
- Lemon sorbet with vodka and lime
To our surprise, at the time of our visit, one of the suggestions for a main course was also vegan! Namely baked terryaki tempeh with organic salad and tabouleh (19€). So we even had different options to choose from! Very nice that we each could order a different menu. For dessert, I took a slush (smoothie) with organic red fruits.
The dishes were delicious, nicely presented and service was swift! There also an extensive list of beverages, with lots of wines which can be ordered per glass.
After dinner, we had a chat with the host, who told us that the restaurant has opened about a year ago. His girlfriend, early twenties, is the chef of the restaurant. They aren’t vegetarian or vegan themselves (and it is a traditional restaurant with meat and fish on the menu) but because of lactose intolerance, the chef had started looking for alternatives for dairy. They want to use as much organic products as possible.
The suggestions change at regular intervals, so the suggestion I had isn’t always vegan, be he assured is that there will always be a vegan dish on the menu. Great!
Going out for dinner in Bruges as a vegan is not so obvious. There are not that many restaurants that (want to) offer vegan food. This new discovery (we went here in the summer of 2013) was a pleasant surprise. We will surely visit again!
EDIT: See several reviews HERE. Our last visit was beginning of 2017.
UPDATE Summer 2017: prices have increased, vegan options have decreased (only one vegan option), and strict and selective reservation policy (eg pay deposit to confirm reservation).
– UPDATE 2022: Réliva is no longer serving vegan dishes, also not on request. So disappointing …
8000 Brugge / Bruges
location on Google maps
See our lists of restaurants where vegans are welcome – in and around Bruges – in the menu section of The Bruges vegan!
Isn’t the www wonderful. I saw you visited my blog very recently, and can you believe we’re in the throws of planning a trip to Belgium in April. Looks like we might struggle somewhat, especially with two young vegan daughters with big appetites. (Patrick Devos plated food looks like rather small portions, but restaurant Reliva looks good!). Thanks for your tips page too!
Thanks Lynette! that’s great that you are planning a trip to Belgium. We will be updating the list with restaurants in the upcoming weeks, and adding more resto reviews also.
Enjoy your trip! Hope to hear from your experiences in Belgium too!
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This place looks delicious and this page is so great! Thanks for putting all this information on here. Incredibly helpful as a vegan traveling to Bruges for the very first time 🙂
Thanks for your comment Maria! 🙂 It’s always nice to get feedback and to hear that people find our efforts helpful. There are several more reviews about Réliva on our blog, you can find them here. https://brugesvegan.com/tag/reliva/
Enjoy your stay in Bruges! Please let us know about your experiences, good – or bad (hopefully not!) in Bruges!