Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dining with the Parents at Park Bruges

Park Bruges is one of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. When my mom told us to pick a place to celebrate SP's (very belated) birthday, we decided to take them to Park Bruges. I didn't take my camera because I've blogged about this place before, and I always order the same things because they are so tasty, so I figured, why bother. Of course I ended up wanting some photos of the 'new to us' dishes so I ended up using my cell phone.
SP had a beer (Monk's Blood), my parents had wine, and I tried a cocktail: Wigle Warmer (Wigle whiskey infused with ginger, amaro, orangecello, bitters). Whew it was strong for me but oh so tasty. Great orange scent and flavor.
I ordered my usual Tarte Flambee (rosemary ham, cheese, and sauteed onions, chives) for everyone to share. SP ordered some frites for the table. Everyone really enjoyed both these dishes - the frites vanished! We couldn't stop eating them. Even I kept going back for more and I'm not usually a frites kind of person.

Mom and I ordered my usual: the sauteed chicken breast with artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, and herb risotto with marsala wine sauce. SP ordered his usual mussels. And dad ordered the Short Ribs:
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with parsnip puree and wilted garlic spinach and fresh horseradish. I tried a bite of short rib and it was deliciously moist and flavorful  - so good! Dad thought it was delicious. He even liked his parsnip puree! He ate everything except the spinach (dad is not a vegetable person!).

Mom loved her chicken dish. I figured she would since she's a huge fan of artichokes and mushrooms.

We decided to share 2 desserts. One was a chocolate cake with strawberry whipped cream filling:
And the other was an apple tart with shortbread crust:
I love the apple tart at Park Bruges. The caramel sauce is so good! This vanished quickly. Then we dug into the chocolate cake and were pleasantly surprised that it was actually pretty light - not dense/rich/heavy and the filling was light with a terrific strawberry flavor.

Park Bruges was a big hit with my parents. My dad especially seemed to enjoy his short ribs, the frites, and the apple tart. We all left having eaten way too much delicious food, but SP & I were happy that my parents enjoyed it so much.

Still one of our favorite places, even if we only get there every 6 months or so!

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