Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Park Bruges

One of our favorite places in Pittsburgh is Park Bruges. I wish we lived closer so we could go more often. A few weeks ago we made a return trip. Here's what we drank & ate:
For SP, beer (the receipt says Ayinger draft, I know nothing else!). For me, Dark & Snappy cocktail (rum, ginger beer). For both of us: fresh brewed Earl Grey iced tea. Lately I have been really into ginger beer cocktails and this is another terrific one.
SP's appetizer: Bourbon Peppercorn Glazed Pork Belly with braised cabbage & apples. SP loved this appetizer, and I liked it, too, the few bites of pork belly I tried. Sweet, sticky, porky - yum!
My appetizer (which could be a dinner): Classic Tarte Flambee creme fraiche, caramelized onions, rosemary ham, chives, shaved cheese. This is one of my favorite dishes ever. The onions are perfect - soft, sweet, slightly browned. Salty, rosemary ham, the creamy creme fraiche & cheese - all together it just melts in my mouth and all the flavors just mix together so well. I don't think I will ever be able to not order this at Park Bruges. The next morning, I ate the one leftover piece for breakfast because I had not been able to stop thinking about the leftover piece all night long. I'll be sort of sad when SP starts devouring more carbs because then he'll eat more of my tarte flambee.
SP's entree: Dinner Special: Halibut w/eggplant curry, rice, wilted greens, and cucumber raita. He loves fish and said it was cooked nicely. The cucumber raita was a cool and creamy companion to the spicy but not too spicy eggplant curry. It must have been good because he ate it all. Usually he gets moules and he missed them a bit on this visit, but I guess that means we should return again soon.
My entree: My usual, the Sauteed Chicken Breast with onions, tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, herb risotto, marsala sauce. I love this dish. I gave some serious thought to trying the braised short ribs, but I couldn't resist the sweet marsala sauce, tangy artichokes, earthy mushrooms, sweet onions and tomatoes, and juicy chicken atop creamy, herby risotto. I don't usually eat quickly, I am a slow eater, but with this dish, my taste buds are so happy and they can't seem to get enough. I kept eating forkful after forkful and before I knew it, I had nearly devoured the entire dish. There was a small piece of chicken, spoonful or two of risotto, and maybe 1 piece of each veggie to take home for lunch the next day.
Dessert: Apple Tarte Tatin. One of our favorite fall desserts and we get excited when it is offered. Truthfully, I was stuffed and really shouldn't have agreed to share this dessert. I can't even remember anything about it except it was delicious and we ate it all.

As usual, we left Park Bruges overly full, but happy, and very satisfied. Our service is always terrific, friendly and knowledgeable.

Still one of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants.

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  1. I *still* have yet to visit Park Bruges, but man do I love Point Brugge.

    The next time you guys go, let me know if you want company!

    1. I will! We really need to go there more often than 2-3 times a year because it's so good.

  2. I love both Point and Park Brugge - I would have a REALLY hard time not ordering the mussels, though - I've tried variations of salads and sides but always get the mussels as well!