#98 Casual vegan dinner at De Republiek, Bruges

Restaurant review #98 – De Republiek is a brasserie in the city center of Bruges, close to the market square (north west of market).

De Republiek, front, Bruges
De Republiek, front, Bruges

It’s a spacious place, with a larger terrace on an inner court yard. Inside, the tables for dining are on an elevated level. De Republiek is also a cultural hub with rooms for art exhibitions, socio-cultural events and a movie theater.

De Republiek has changed owners and I enquired again whether it was possible to get a vegan meal (before I never got a reply). The new owner replied promptly and said there are no vegan dishes standardly available, but there are possiblities to easlily adapt the dishes (preferably ask it in advance when making the reservation). So I telephoned to make a reservation for dinner, and also asked whether we could get a vegan starter or soup, which was said to be no problem.

De Republiek, interior
De Republiek, interior
drinks and portion of olives
drinks: fresh orange juice (5€), saison dupont (3€) and portion of olives (5€). sparkling water was 2,20€
De republiek, starter
De Republiek, starter with red beet burger, salad, yellow beet (15€)
bread with butter
bread with butter – we declined
Main dish, eggplant De republiek
Main dish, grilled eggplant with risotto (12€), De republiek

The food was very nice. As a starter we were served a dish with a red beet burger. We had a sneeky suspicion it was the quinoa/beet burger from La vie est Belle, as we had eaten it recently at home too 😉 . The main dish was grilled eggplant. The dishes were not gastronomically wow, but both dishes were original and varied (and luckily something else than pasta with stir fried vegetables!). Despite having ordered everything vegan, the bread came with butter. An often occuring mistake in restaurants – I suppose those bread bowls are just standardly arranged with butter and as such served. Staff did apologise, which was nice. We also declined the bread, didn’t fancy any bread, plus we had no idea whether it was vegan or not (didn’t ask, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t have known, but perhaps you can ask on your visit).
Service was very friendly, but it took quite a while before our main dish arrived (more than half an hour in between).

It was very dark inside, but cosy. We were seated on one of the tables on the elevated level. The tables there are pretty close together. Toilets were ok and tidy, but really old-fashioned and school like (with graffitti on the walls).It is not a place for elaborate wining and dining (and in hindsight, we perhaps shouldn’t have asked for a starter, because other people just seemed to go for one main dish), but has more of a pub like atmosphere.
I do not remember the exact prices of the dishes, but I do remember being surprised that we paid more for the starter than the main dish. Most dishes on the menu are 15 to 20 euro. (EDIT: meanwhile, have found our bill, prices added to photos).
At the time of our visit (end of Summer 2016) there were no vegan cakes available, but it was said that that would soon be the case (vegan pastry from Chez Mariette).

De Republiek is a good place for a casual lunch or dinner. And it is nice to see they are willing to make adjustments for vegans.

 

 

De Republiek, location
Sint Jakobsstraat 36
8000 Brugge
050/73 47 64

websitehttp://www.republiekbrugge.be/

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 Republiek, toilets, bit outdated
De Republiek, toilets, bit outdated and school like
L'art de la patience ... well we had to be patient, waiting over half an hour for our food
L’art de la patience … well we had to be patient, waiting over half an hour for our food
De Republiek, entrance
De Republiek, entrance
De republiek, interior ... very dark ;-)
De Republiek, interior … very dark 😉

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Elisa Hauser says:

    Hello, enjoying a lonely evening I had a deep look into your kitchen, your garden, your recipes and everything else – and don’t feel lonely anymore! Your blog is so wonderful and inspiring, thank you for everything you do for the vegan world. Wishing you a happy pre-christmas time, from the river Spree with love

    1. trudi_bruges says:

      Thanks for your nice words Elisa! 🙂 Wishing you a happy end of year season too, hopefully not so lonely 😉

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