We had actually planned to go to Cinema Culinair in Rotterdam, a concept in which you watch a movie while eating the same dishes as in the movie. However, only one week in advance, the movie dinner was cancelled due to a lack of sold tickets.
As an alternative, we decided to go to restaurant ’t Ouwe Bruggetje in Rotterdam. They work with a 4, 5 or 6 course menu. Together with our friends, we decided to have the Valentine’s Day 5 course menu.
A nice thing about this restaurant is that they also have wine tastings serving only half glasses or even less, which is convenient for when you have to drive, but still want to taste a little wine. Their wines are very good by the way. They also have an own wine store. The very friendly and enthusiastic waiter told us about a wine trip that he and the owner recently made through Germany and France in search of good wines from local wineries.
We had dishes such as: salmon and scallop tartar, tournedos with prawns and shellfish sauce, suckling pig (the best one ever, one of my friends said), a fish dish and a delicious plate of sweet desserts. I would describe the cooking style as traditional with a modern twist.
Besides the great food, there was also the great service. No doubt these people love their job. They took the time to explain the dishes and told the background stories about their wines and food. They know what they do, and do it with passion. The only dish that I didn’t like was the mushroom dish, which I had instead of pork.
Restaurant ’t Ouwe Bruggetje is a hidden treasure! I rate it with an 8.7 out of 10.