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Hertog Jan

Hertog Jan is a three-Michelin starred restaurant serving modern Belgian cuisine located about 20 minutes outside of Bruges. Open for lunch and dinner, the table may either select a variation of the tasting menu which is priced according to the number of courses or order a la carte. One can eat a simple 3 course dinner, build a decadent meal with wagyu, truffles and Russian caviar, or something in between. We chose the “intermediate” tasting menu.

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Hertog Jan

The Restaurant

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Culinary Gardens

Our meal started outside on the patio where we were invited to walk around the culinary gardens.

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Some of the most important work happens behind the scenes at Hertog Jan.

Starters

Mackerel, sweet pepper, goat cheese, borage

Mackerel, sweet pepper, goat cheese, borage

Mackerel, sweet pepper, goat cheese, borage

Mackerel, sweet pepper, goat cheese, borage

Salmon, cucumber, champagne, dill oil

Salmon, cucumber, champagne, dill oil

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Cream of potato, coffee, Mimolette cheese

Cream of potato, coffee, Mimolette cheese

Cream of potato, coffee, Mimolette cheese

Cream of potato, coffee, Mimolette cheese

The Dinner

Once inside we were welcomed with a really pleasant, crusty, warm bread. We selected our next wine and the rest of the meal started to unfold.

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2012 Weingut Velich Tiglat Chardonnay, Burgenland, Austria

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Tomato, cardamon

Tomato, cardamon

Langoustine, pumpkin, passion fruit, vanilla

Langoustine, pumpkin, passion fruit, vanilla

I have had grated truffles and grated cheese but have never had grated, dried beef that was shaved table side. The aromas were alluring as the pieces fell onto my plate which resulted in a nice “meat salt” accent to the dish.

Grated loin

Grated loin for the following course.

Tartare, herring, dried salted, grated loin

Tartare, herring, and dried, salted, grated loin

2016 Casal Figueira 'Antonio' Branco, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal

2016 Casal Figueira ‘Antonio’ Branco, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal

Whitefish, vegetable salsa

Whitefish, vegetable salsa

2009 Quinta do Vesuvio Pombal do Vesuvio, Douro, Portugal

2009 Quinta do Vesuvio Pombal do Vesuvio, Douro, Portugal

Roasted duck showing for the duck course later in the evening

Roasted duck showing for the duck course later in the evening

Duck, beetroot, liquorice

Duck, beetroot, liquorice. The duck was perfectly cooked, the entire dish full of wonderful flavors and textures.

Dessert

America, please bring back the cheese cart and dessert trolley!

Cheese trolley

Cheese cart

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Cheese makes me pretty happy!

Speculoos, plattekaas cream, berries, flowers, herbs

Speculoos, plattekaas cream, berries, flowers, herbs

Cinnamon sticks, caneles, speculoos, madeleines, macarons, marshmallow

Cinnamon sticks, caneles, speculoos, madeleines, macarons, marshmallow

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This (formerly) pointy-nosed Belgian candy is called a Cuberdon, which means “nose.” It’s an “old-fashioned” candy that came from from the town of Ghent, Belgium. Violet in color and made with fruit, it is a little firm on the outside and filled with a chewy gel on the inside.

Menu

This cleverly designed menu contained a list of all the tasting menu items, the ones consumed marked in pencil.

Menu kit at Herzog Jan

Menu kit at Hertog Jan

Menu kit at Herzog Jan

Menu at Hertog Jan

Menu kit at Herzog Jan

Menu kit at Hertog Jan

Info

Hertog Jan | Loppemsestraat 52, 8210 Zedelgem, Belgium | 32 50 67 34 46

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