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#36 Vegan fine dining at De Jonkman, Bruges ****

Restaurant review #36 – De Jonkman is a gastronomical restaurant at the edge of Bruges (Sint-Kruis). It is listed in the renowned Michelin guide with two stars. There is no vegan menu standardly available at De Jonkman, but if you ask it in advance it is no problem.

De Jonkman, interior

De Jonkman, interior

We went there for our 25th anniversary. Not a big party, but just the two of us, for a relaxed evening with fine dining ❤
Upon making the reservation, I said we wanted a vegan menu, and explicited what this means (what we do and don’t eat). I asked for a 5-course menu, being 105€ per person (without drinks).

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Here are the photos of what we had. As is always the case in gastronomical restaurants, the waiter enumerated a series of ingredients when serving each plate. We tried to take some notes, but it was way too much to remember everything ;-).

Orange juice, 10€

Orange juice, 10€ (I would have appreciated some ice cubes to cool it). 1L Bottle water (not on photo) was 9€

bread, spices and olive oil on the side

bread, spices and olive oil on the side

rolletje van rammenas en julienne van zoetzure groenten

roll of black radish and julienne of sweet sour vegetables

krokantje met taco

crust with taco and pumpkin; carrot in saltcrust

radijs

toast with radish & lava

geconfijte tomaat

confit tomato and …

patatasbrava

baked salad with curry; patatsbravas

asperges geconfijte ui en fenegriek

asparagus, confit onion with fenugreek

hoppescheuten artisjok op barbecue

grilled sourdough bread, hop sprouts, artichoke, couscous with laurel dressing

zucchini, mushrooms and …

raddichio witloof met cocos curry

raddichio with coconut curry

mango witte chocolade en passievrucht

mango with white chocolate and passion fruit

bloedsinaas en limoen

blood orange and lime, pecan, crumble, blood orange sorbet

A very enjoyable evening out

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening out. The athmosphere was distinguished and yet relaxed at the same time. Comfortable seatings. Fine touches that are custom in more classy restaurants (eg placing your napkin neatly folded on your seat when away from the table). It was nice that chef Filip Claeys comes to great all guest personally at the table, although he shouldn’t have given us the standard fish and meat menu to choose from (slight anxious gasp – doesn’t he know?, no thank you, we don’t need that, we asked for a vegan menu! 😉 ).

We did not have to wait long in between courses, and although the portions might seem small on some photos, the combination of everything was more than enough. We have dined a couple of times now in gastronomical restaurants, and one thing that is very remarkable is that not any of them used tofu, tempeh or seitan in their dishes. Maybe because they make everything from scratch, and they consider making tempeh or seitan too much work? Not that I think tofu or seitan are a requisite for a good vegan dish! The variety of vegetables (and fruits), differently prepared and with a rich palet of spices is delicious in itself, but sometimes tempeh or seitan could give it an additional bite. And it would be interesting and inspirational to experience what great chefs make with these classic ‘meat replacers’. I wonder why they eschew them.

Dining at De Jonkman is not cheap, but of course, they do serve something else than pasta with stir fried vegetables 😉 . It’s a gastronomical experience in a classy setting, which leads you to discover new tastes, new ingredients and new combinations.

De Jonkman, location
Maalstesteenweg 438
Sint Kruis, Brugge / Bruges
050/36.07.67

See our lists of restaurants where vegans are welcome in the menu section of The Bruges vegan! List restaurants in Bruges and outside  Bruges.

De Jonkman

De Jonkman

Statue in back garden. Cat with PET bottle = petcat? )

Statue in back garden. Cat with PET bottle = petcat? )

dog statues in front garden, petdogs?

dog statues in front garden, petdogs?

1 Comment

  1. Stunning photos! The food looks delicious and their presentation is perfect…something that we can all to strive for! Lol…It’s amazing that they served you a whole loaf of bread but no ice! We think that a lot of people still don’t know exactly want to do with bean curd, so avoid it completely; it’s a shame because it’s not an expensive item (mostly), a lot cheaper than some fruits and vegetables even! Great post though and we’re glad you guys enjoyed yourselves. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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