Entering Pomperlut, which is old Flemish dialect for ‘mushroom’, is like taking a trip back in time. Completely covered in wood, with old chandeliers, unique lamps and a large fireplace, you feel as if you have stepped into ancient Bruges in the 17th century. “Guests often say they feel like they have stepped into a fairy tale. It is really an extraordinary concept here in Bruges,” adds Gigi Demets, who works alongside her son in the restaurant, as does her husband – and Teo’s father, Yves – who is the chef. “My dad has been a chef for over 40 years and loves the Mediterranean cuisine, with its healthy food. Unlike most tapas restaurants, which focus on just one of these countries like Spain, France or Greece, we serve dishes that originate from all those countries,” explains Teo.

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