Monday 14th of January 2013 08:19:48 AM link
Stopped at Brugge Brasserie for a Saturday lunch before heading downtown for a tradeshow. The brewpub sits just off the main drag of Broad Ripple. (not a local, so I'm not 100% sure that's how the location should be described)
The place was bustling, as was the rest of the area on an unseasonably warm January day. We entered through the north door and chose seating at the back bar. (overlooking the crepe station of the open kitchen)
The menu at Brugge is Belgian influenced. Moules frites, crepes, waterzoi, and carbonnade flamande are highlighted. My brother and I chose mitraiallettes, which are their sandwiches. I went with the meatloaf, and my brother ordered the duck confit. Both were served buried in frites (or fries in american) and two sauces for the potatoes. (I went with hot curry and garlic aioli) Both sandwiches were fantastic, and the heaping portion of fries was great, too. I'd even say they were a bargain for about $12 each.
I've scored the beer selection low, as there were only three house made beers available. (although there were some great guest taps) The three samples I had were all interesting, twisted versions instead of straight forward styles. I really liked the Veta, sour ale with plums. Nothing wrong with the quality, just not much variety.
Service was friendly and knowledgeable, Our seats at the back did seem like an afterthought at times, so I'd recommend sitting at a table instead.
Overall, it was a great lunch. I'd definitely revisit.
Selection: 2.75 |
Atmosphere: 4.5 |
Service: 3.25 |
Monday 11th of January 2010 05:03:26 PM link
Stopped by her yesterday while passing thru the Indy area. others have mentioned only having three tap usually. Yesterday was 5
Triple de ripple
Dementia - Dry hopped Farmhouse
Thunder Monkey - Holiday Spice belgian
Jever - a german pilsner for the macro drinkers
The dementia was really good and also thought there white was good compared to others I have had. The triple which one of there regulars that they bottle was tasty as well. I thought the prices on the beer were reasonable (all tho comparing to Chicago beer places).
The place is a little dark in appearance and the first floor area is kind of laid out strange and it was cold in the bar area when someone came in and out the door (20 degrees out in the day I was there) there was upstairs area that the bar tender was an over flow for 21 and olders on busy nights and said there were guest taps up there as well not sure if that meant i could not have the a beer from up there while sitting on the first floor. I didn't ask as i was interested in there beers. He mentioned FFF and Victory guest taps
The food was great, as in one of the other reviews the menu speaks for its self.. Belgian theme... went with a sausage sandwich with frites. With ordering the frites they allow you two dipping sauces and went with the Horseradish and the Sweet chili and the Sweet Chili was great and would highly recommend it.
Fr the service, one word great... The bartender talked with me about all styles of beers that they have and do make other styles he likes and gave great descriptions on all the brugge beers. He even recommend I goto the other brewpub up the street and check it out (something that was on my list to do anyways) Other servers while at the bar talk we me as ell mentioning I was from out of town gave em all kinds of local area info and made me feel as if i was a "home bar"
Looks like they have a outside area which would be great in the warmer months and while passing thru I'll definitely check out..
If your near by check it out!
Selection: 4 |
Atmosphere: 4 |
Service: 4.75 |
Monday 18th of February 2008 09:46:36 AM link
Brugge is leading Indianapolis in what is hopefully a trend of gastropubs. All of their beer and food options are taken straight from Belgium and it's hard to create a bad pairing. Unfortunately, the review is for beer selection and not beer quality. They typically have 3 beers on tap, which is a quite poor selection, but I think every beer of theirs I've had I could drink all night. This past year they purchased the Terre Haute brewing company's facility and have been working on preparing their beer for mass production. A few restaurants in town already have their Black and White on tap. My favorite beer of theirs so far has to be the Diamond Kings of Heaven; which I believe they've only had at beer festivals so far due to a year-long aging process. Still, you can't go wrong with any beer here.
The atmosphere is very cool. Large copper tables with holes drilled in them to hold cones of fries. Lots of artwork and a nice warm pub feeling. However; the downside is that the place is tiny. Any night of the week you're going to experience a wait. Lucky, they recently purchased the internet cafe above them and will be expanding to the second floor this year. Everything I've tried on the menu has been great. From crepes to sandwiches to mussels to an assortment of meats and cheese, everything is designed to pair well with Belgian beer. The service is typically slow, but not painfully so. I've rarely had an empty glass of beer. I would say beer prices are average for a brewpub, but cheap for a Belgian beer.
Brugge definitely provides the most unique brewpub experience in town and is a must-visit. It's amazing for one of the few Belgian-style only breweries to be located here in our town.
Selection: 3 |
Atmosphere: 4.5 |
Service: 4.25 |
Tuesday 21st of August 2007 09:39:09 PM link
Beer selection is 3 beers at the time we visited. Black, which was my weapon of choice, Cru dog, which is what don had, and a triple which they only allowed two of... The taps look like they can accomidate up to 6 beers and my thinking on the subject was that they are about to unveil five different beers in 750's were down on beer.
But those 3 beers were mighty fine... the black bier was incredible.... the finish was like nothing i've ever tasted in a black bier....
This place is cool, and not just the air conditioning. The place is full of art, iron chairs that are art themselves, there's a common table of which the base is a cut off fermenter tank, the taphandles were metallic works of art themselves... as was the bar... Seating wise I'd think you could get about 40 or so in there comfy but push 50 and it'd be annoying... as you walk in there's an open counter area where food orders are brought up to be brought out... tables to your right that L shape along the wall, taking the corner on your right, that's where you find the bar... There's a outdoor area with wooden tables, seating about 12... But again the place from it's color scheme to the art on the walls, makes for a great, but casual experience....
Service is a contradiction as it was raining like hell, and they knew we weren't regulars as we were decked out in beerwear, so a few verbal jibes and a few big city folk jokes later and we were laughing right along with the folks in the bar.... it's a friendly place to say the least...
The food there is incredible and as there are no previous reviews and this is my second visit, ate there on my first, didn't on my second, I will say that you will walk into a menu that is unfamiliar and culinarilly interesting...
I had the roasted pork tenderloin, with goat cheese and mustard sauce crepe and it was fabulous... they had the wit on at that time and it was a great pairing...
they do seasonal cheeses, childrens food includes grilled cheeze crepes and pbnJ crepes...
coming here for dessert is an experience within itself...
the crown jewel on the list tho... Moules frites.
2 lbs of mussels and a cone of frites...
the menu speaks for itself. try the food.
Selection: 3.5 |
Atmosphere: 4.75 |
Service: 4.25 |