Old Cave: Latin Party
Theme party "Havana on the river Waal" with colleagues of the University Library, 9 November 2006 at the Old Cave on the Anthoniusplaats near the river Waal. My boss dressed up as an Argentinian 'gaucho'. I would have preferred spacious rooms and stunning views to this apparently medieval cellar ('Old Cave' is a very apt name!), but I did like the music and the lively atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Food was okay, Spanish or Mexican 'tapas', e.g. potato salad, Spanish fish plate, olives, spicy meatballs (also calamares and anchovy for 'afficionados')
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Orient Plaza - Nonya: Indonesian restaurant
23 October 2006: huge restaurant - we'd never been there before. As a matter of fact, the Orient Plaza houses four restaurants, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian. We visited the Indonesian restaurant Nonya.
Favorite Dish: Wok buffet with sate ayam, rendang, ikan bumbu Bali, Foe Yong Hai, nasi goreng, bami goreng, pisang goreng - to name a few. Eat as much as you like for just under 17 euro (2006).
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The Waag: Food that pleases you for sure.
At the market square you can find restaurant 'De Waag'. It has a large outdoor terrace, but also indoor tables. All sorts of food are served and everything sure pleases the stomach very well. Nice fish with a good sauce, good meat, cheese fondue, you name it! They also have lots of options in kinds of beer and wine.
Favorite Dish: Sun fish with lemon grass and cream sauce. Melts on your tongue.
With Jennie, my mum and brothers, on 30 July 2006, on the occasion of my mother's birthday. I would recommend that you take your pick from the all-in menu. You'll get to choose from ten starters, ten main courses and ten desserts, at an all-inclusive price of 30 euro, with drinks - including red and white wine - for free.
Favorite Dish: I had "carpaccio van ossenhaas met pijnboompitjes, lamstournedos met honing-tijmsaus en coupe mocca met rumsaus" (translation pending ...). Good food and friendly waiters. Be prepared to wait an awful long time in between courses though, as every course took about one hour, quite uncommon in the Netherlands. A good thing we didn't bring our hyperactive weekend foster child along with us.
Becak: Indonesian restaurant
29 January 2006. A 'becak' is a 'man-pedaled carriage with passenger's seat facing front', says my source on the internet. A nice specimen can be found in the middle of this restaurant located on the Waalkade. Waitresses wear Indonesian 'sarongs' and the walls are decorated with bamboo and small 'wayang golek' masks. We were here for our anniversary - and also because we're planning a four week holiday to Indonesia later this year. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Favorite Dish: For starters, I had 'pisang goreng', that's baked banana, and Jennie had something spicy with meat. For our main course, Jennie had 'ikan' - fish, in other words - with 'bami goreng' and I had the 'babi kerry' with white rice. We both had fruits and syrup for dessert.
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Supposedly Indonesian, but mostly salty, otherwise tasteless food. Does not seem very fresh either. If you really cannot do without Indonesian food (like me) learn to make it yourself or try take-way from some toko--Rinus is supposed to be good, although I have not been there myself.
De Plak: Visit Nijmegen Contemporary History, or just enjoy
Still probably the best 'eetcafe' in town. It is cheap, it is fun, it is typically Nijmeegs and the food is far better than in most places in the budget range.
Favorite Dish: Not my favorite, but the 'kaasgehakt' is very popular.
Gandhi: Indian tandoori & curry restaurant
Pleasant atmosphere, Indian music, quiet restaurant. Also take away at 15 percent discount. One of the reasons for going to a restaurant was that Jennie passed her exam, and it had to be an Indian restaurant because I had just finished a translation assignment - Dutch into English - that came from an Indian agency ...
Favorite Dish: We had the "Akbari" three course menu for two persons - small, spicy sausages for starters, chicken and salmon, rice, salad, mushrooms and bread as our main course, and mango ice cream and coffee for dessert.
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Odessa: Simple, good food
Odessa is a good, not too expensive restaurant. They have a special menu that changes every now and then. The names on the menu are made up and represent the contents of the food with a funny twist.
In the summer they have a summer garden where you can sit outside in the sun and enjoy your dinner
Favorite Dish: The cheese fondue is perfect, but everything ranging from the chicken to the steak is perfect
Pannenkoekenboot: Typical dutch Pancakes on a Rivercruise!
IF you are in Holland you should try the dutch variaty of a Pizza. There a lot of different toppings for your ' Pannekoek' or pancake. Sweet, spicy, meat etc.
The nice thing of doing it here is the rivercruise which comes with it!
Rondvaarten in Nijmegen
Gezellig een uur varen over Europa’s drukst bevaren rivier de Waal en ondertussen genieten van onze overheerlijke pannenkoeken.
Roundtrip (1 hour): Wed, Sat and Sun: at 16.30 and 18.00 hrs.
Adults € 12,50 p.p.
Children 3 to 12 yrs. € 7,50 p.p.
Roundtrip Nijmegen – Millingen v.v. (2½ hours)
An extra long Afternoontrip on the river with pancakes as many as you can eat. Meanwhile the captain explains the sights to see along the river.
Departure: Wed, Sat and Sun: at 13.30 hrs.
Adults € 14,50 p.p.
Children from 3 to 12 yrs. € 9,50 p.p.
Favorite Dish: Pancakes in all variaties!
Le Figaro: Le Figaro
Very popular river-side restaurant. I went there on a Sunday afternoon and the place was packed full. Food is superb so it's not hard to see why it's so busy.
Favorite Dish: I had the Dutch stew (forget the name). Really delicious !!!
So close to our hotel, looked good had to try a meal there. Not sure what the building used to be, pleasant place to eat now though. Food excellent, helpful staff, decent choice of beer too, slightly more expensive than usual but worth it I think.
Stadsbrouwerij de hemel: Stadsbrouwerij de Hemel
Brewery cafe in the Commanderie van St Jan. Good selection of tasty beers, as well as liquers and mustard made from the beer. Guess who bought a pot of mustard?
The clock is worth close investigation too.
Friendly bar to spend an hour on a snowy day, try the mixed cheeses with mustard with a beer!
Blauwe hand: Blauwe hand
As I said earlier, we didn't stray too far from Grote Markt because of the weather. Truthfully we propably wouldn't on a sunny day having found this bar. a brown cafe at it's best, friendly with a great choice of beer including some from the stadsbrouwerij around the corner.
Food looked good and popular but did not have any ourselves.
Grand cafe Atlanta: Grand cafe Atlanta
Arrived in Nijmegen in a blizzard, so lunch in the hotel bar. On the menu baguettes right through to a full meal. Both went for the first and well presented, very tasty and filling.
Stopped for a beer there last thing at night, friendly and fun, recommended
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