I haven’t been to Point Brugge Cafe in two years. I’ve been busy… Sad excuse. Its one of my favorite eating spots in the city, and after having a perfectly prepared meal last night, I won’t let that much time go by without visiting again soon.
My girlfriend and I arrived at 6pm- there were a few people ahead of us, and the restaurant was packed. Our wait was brief- 15 minutes max.
We ordered a few glasses of Malbec, and began looking over the menu.
If you haven’t been to Point Brugge Cafe, they’re known for their impeccably fresh mussels. You can get them prepared three ways- classic white, red curry (made with coconut milk), or zesty tomato ($19.00 for a large bowl, approximately 1.5 pounds, or small bowl, 1 pound).
We both decided on the Seafood Waterzooi, ($30.00) which consisted of scallops, shrimp, mussels, and a fresh salmon fillet. The dish is finished with a spicy tomato broth, root veggies and fried Brussels sprouts.
A large bowl was placed in front of us to use for our discarded shells. We eagerly dug into our fragrant entrees. The broth was tangy and delicious- large sea scallops were sweet, and flawlessly prepared. Fresh mussels absorbed the flavorful broth, and were equally delicious. Jumbo shrimp were tender, and tasted like the ocean. Thinly sliced portions of potato helped thicken the sauce, and provided a nice flavor/texture contrast. My favorite part of the seafood stew was the succulent salmon fillet.
The service at Point Brugges is always good- the staff are attentive and thoughtful. The food comes from the kitchen hot, and timely.
Point Brugge Cafe is easily one of the best eating spots in Pittsburgh. The meticulously prepared fresh food, extensive beer and wine selection, and excellent service make it a premiere culinary destination.