There aren’t many places that offer Sunday brunch on a Saturday but Park Bruges is one of them. Cousin to the extremely popular Point Brugge cafe in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze area, Park Bruges, which opened earlier this year in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood, serves the same bistro style cuisine with more of a French flair to it as opposed to Point Brugge, whose menu is more Belgian inspired (and spells its name the Flemish way rather than the French).
Point Brugge is located in an extremely small space and does not accept reservations, so wait times for dinner are always long. In contrast Park Bruges offers a more relaxed and open space with plenty of windows that give the place ample natural light. We’ve been there two times now for brunch and each time we were seated right away. Service is pleasant, courteous, and prompt. One thing I particularly like about it is that all tables are given their own bottle of tap water (it appears to come in a recycled Perrier water bottle), which is very nice not having to constantly ask for a refill.
Along with the a la carte menu options, diners also have the option of ordering the pre-fixe brunch which comes with your choice of entree, side dish, and brunch beverage and two different price options, either $23 or $20. Beverage selections feature a House Mimosa, a House Bloody Mary, a glass of prosecco, or Beer Cocktail. Each time, however, we’ve always opted for the a la carte menu.
Some of the menu selections include a ham and gruyere croque madam, Eggs Benedict, pumpkin spiced bread with pecan whipped cream cheese, spinach salad, and crab beignets. I decided to go with the omelette of the day which for $9 comes with seasonal fruit (there was cantalope, honeydew melon, pineapple, and strawberries). The omelette featured steak, red onions, pepper and Havarti cheese, a semi-soft Danish cow’s milk cheese. The cheese definitely gave the omelette a distinct flavor.
D had the corned beef and potato scrambler, featuring Swiss cheese and mustard aioli for $13. He also ordered a side of applewood smoked bacon for $5 (I found the three slices to be a bit high for the amount).
In honor of our love of Belgium and its delicious treats, we split a Liege waffle topped with powdered sugar and a fruit sauce of raspberries and blueberries. Although it wasn’t as good as the ones we had in Brussels or Bruges, but it was still very tasty and a great sweet finish.
Also on the menu are frites that are served in the classic Montreal style, with cannonball curds from Arsenal cheese and stock gravy.
Park Bruges is a lovely, laid back spot with reasonable prices and I can’t recommend it enough. It is indeed a little bit of bistro Europe right in Pittsburgh.