Brasserie Romantiek

Synopsis: Forty-something Pascaline runs a restaurant and prepares the stylish dining room for Valentine's Day. How could she expect her lover of twenty years ago to appear and asks her to leave with him to Buenos Aires. Her patrons of the evening also cope with the unexpected. Thirty-something, bored housewife Rose informs her husband that she has a lover. Almost fifty Mia intends to commit suicide when she is courted by waiter Lesley. And inconspicuous civil servant Walter is wrecked by insecurity when seated in front of the woman of his dreams.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Joël Vanhoebrouck
Production: A Private View
  1 win & 3 nominations.
102 min




- Vacuum-pack the salmon. Refrigerate it.

- Yes, Chef.

The weather's bad.

But no one's cancelled.

That's good. A full house.


Uh, sweetheart...

- Here. For Valentine's Day.

- Thank you, Angelo.

I still don't understand

why we're a man short this evening.

Don't start! We'll only have half

the number of covers, we'll be fine.

Yeah, but it's a four-course menu

plus an appetizer.

- We could've done it differently.

- You can't have four at a table.

No, true,

but you could have charged more.

- Hello.

- Hello, Emma. How was school?


- And I'm hungry.

- 10 euros more per menu?

I heard you the first time.

Give your dad a kiss.

- Dad.

- Oh, so I do get one.

But love costs money, Pascaline!

We'll put the prices up

when we've got a second hat.

A second hat... I need

a bigger kitchen for that, more staff...

A bigger restaurant, in fact.

Where's Lesley?

He should be here by now.

Hey, Dad, can't you just do me a steak?

With fried potatoes and

not too many vegetables.



Oops, sorry.

Shouldn't we look for somewhere bigger?

An apartment with two bedrooms, maybe?

I looked on the internet

and found one near here.

Emma, you're supposed to be

going back to your mother's soon.

- Have you called her today?

- Yes.

But she didn't have time,

she had to give the twin their bottle.

Give that here.

I reckon

she's really glad I'm not there.

You just think that, Emma.

Now she can concentrate on

the two crying brats and her boyfriend.

But it'd be brilliant. Auntie Sis.

You and me in an apartment.

I don't know.

- I'm not in your way, am I?

- No, of course not, sweetheart.

Come on, let's go downstairs.


Emma, don't do that.


Hi, Chef.

Well well, it's our student from Ghent.

Wow, you look nice.

- Fantastic.

- Thanks. It's Valentine's Day, eh?

- Emma. Hi, Kev.

- Hi, Ingrid.

- Hello, Pascaline.

- Chef.

How do you want your steak cooked,

miss? Rare, extra rare?

Well done, Dad.

Ah, Ingrid.

Our professional waiter is

15 minutes late again.

- I always allow for that.

- It happens almost every day.

- I'm fed up with it, he's unreliable.

- Calm down.

- He's never on time.

- You know what he's like.

He'll be here in a couple of minutes.

This evening after the dessert,

that's it, he's fired.

You'll have forgotten all about it

in a minute.

Hello, Pascaline.

Hello. Frank.

- I've got a reservation.

- Have you?

- In what name?

- Janssens.

- With an S at the end.

- Janssens.

- Two people?

- No, just me. I wanted to surprise you.

If I'm allowed to come in, that is.

It's only for couples

this evening, Frank.

How about if you eat with me then?

What d'you reckon?

This is my restaurant, I have to work.

It's changed a lot.

It seems a bit smaller maybe,

but smarter.

- A real restaurant.

- Thank you.

We kept the name Brasserie.

Is that your brother?

What was his name?

What are you doing here?

I wanted to see you.

And try the delicious food too.

I see you've got a chef's hat

in the Gault Millau guide. Well done.

- I don't bite, Pascaline.

- No...

Follow me.

Thank you.

We only have a set menu,

with accompanying wine,

there isn't anything la carte

and... the aperitif is included.

A Love Bug aperitif...




There you are.

- Can't we have an aperitif together?

- Sorry, I've got guests.

- Ah, good evening. Hello, Roos.

- Hello, Pascaline.

- You're looking good. That's nice.

- Thank you.

I'm not very fond of Valentine's

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