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by Alexandre Macedo
August 18, 2012
Aiken, South Carolina
July 18, 2001
One evening, my husband and I left the children in our Bruges apartment and strolled the picturesque streets of this beautiful and romantic town, eventually seeking a place for dinner. We wandered into 't Begijntje rather late to find only one table occupied. The waiter/host welcomed us in and sat us near a window overlooking a small square. The other couple soon left and we had the restaurant to ourselves.
In these circumstances in many restaurants, service may be rushed and food sub-par, since the staff likely wants to close up and get home. Instead, we were treated to a wonderful freshly cooked meal featuring regional dishes, served with attentiveness, but no haste. Our dinner at 't Begijntje was probably the most memorable and enjoyable of our three week trip through several European countries.
When we finished our meal, still the only customers in the restaurant, the chef came out to the dining room, the waiter introduced her to us and we offered our compliments.
Our experience occurred on a Tuesday night in June. Possibly on other nights or later in the summer, reservations would be recommended.
From journal Bruges for families