't Opkikkertje (literally: little frog) is a cosy restaurant located conveniently on Den Bosch's main square, the Markt. It looks like a mixture of an English pub and a cafe, and in fact it is. While you can get good food here, many people also come for their "borrelhappetjes", their snacks with a drink. What I liked most about 't Opkikkertje was its friendly, tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. There are frogs everywhere: huge pottery frogs relaxing on the top shelf, tiny little ones croaking together next to the bar, and many more. Even Kermit from the Muppets can be found!
Apart from that the staff is friendly, the food good and the service fast. A good place to go to when you're struck by hunger in the centre of Den Bosch.
Favorite Dish: I had the 12 uurtje (pronounced roughly "twahlf ürt-yeh"), a massive dish of three sandwiches topped with ham, cheese and a Dutch filled croquette, supplemented by a regular salad, a Husar's salad and a tomato soup. It reminded me a bit of Ploughman's Lunch which you can get in southwest England and which is similarly filling. But the 12 uurtje was really good, and if you're very hungry, I can definitely recommend it.
Although doner kebabs are almost a tradition in Dutch towns this is a relatively new company to the fast food scene with outlets at most major railway stations. As kebabs go these are almost healthy-eating compared to many, being relatively unfatty and the accompanying salads fresh and crisp.
With cheery service and a decent bite to their proprietary chilli sauce these make an excellent nibble whilst waiting for your train and are even innoccuous enough to eat on them.
I can never pass a new herring stall here in the Netherlands without buying one, whether I'm hungry or not. There's something soul-satisfying about such a healthy nibble and the herring here from this stall on Den Bosch's market was a good as any. Plump fleshy spankingly-fresh with a nice sprinkle of onions - just the job!
I've read somewhere that this pub is frequented by hockey ladies and rugby guys. We were in fact seated next to a group of six ladies, but I doubt whether they actually played hockey.
Nice decoration with wooden beams, and fancy stained glass windows ...
Favorite Dish: We just dropped in to have some 'Glühwein', it was Christmas time after all (28 December 2008).
Coming in to the cafe it turned out to be very full, so we walked out again. But as we did so, the waitress ran after us and said that a table would be free in 5 minutes. This does not happen often in The Netherlands, that staff would go out of their way to get you seated, so we returned and sat at a tiny table. The 6 of us then moved to another table that was a bit more spacious but still small. And yet again to a larger table where we stayed. No problems with that. Unfortunately we had very little time for lunch, so we had to eat very hurriedly. Otherwise, service was fine and the food was excellent. The restaurant remained full during our stay, with new people coming in all the time. A good sign!
Favorite Dish: For € 8,50 I enjoyed an excellent tomato soup, a toastie with Swiss cheese and a sturdy slice of ham, washed down with apple juice.
The famous 'Bossche bol' was € 2,50 (but I didn't order it here).
Mediterranean bistro-style restaurant. It's a bit darkish inside, which adds to the atmosphere.
Small menu for lunch ; large menu only available for dinner.
Lunch: good selection of foccacia, ciabatta and salads.
When you're in Den Bosch, you just can't miss all those pretty restaurants. There are two main eating & drinking areas: the most important one is at Korte Putstraat. This street is lined on both sides with bistros and restaurants. Very appealing!
The second area is around Uilenburg.
Well, wherever you end up, food will be plentyful and good.
You're in Noord-Brabant where people know how to live well.
A very cosy decorated mexican restaurant in the heart of the centre of Den Bosch.
The service was fabulous.
My friend Jeanette and I had a "keuzemenu" (20euro) a was fantastic dinner.
It tasted great yammy:-) and served by mexican people only.
Not expense at all, you can make your choice from the menucard.
Cheapest about 17 euro.
Favorite Dish: We had a 3 course dinner : a salade with shrimps, meancourse salmon, various prepared, smoked, grilled, together with pasta and some mexican way prepared beans with pasta, as a desert we choose cafe de la cantina with a liquer.
It's more like snack bar than restaurant. The indoor seats are limited so most people prefer take-away or delivery. I prefer sitting outdoors to ejoy my meal, if the weather is good. Everything is home-made, including the Nan (indian bread) and Mango Lassi (Indian milkshake). They provide both Tandoori and Curry. Still don't understand what I'm talking about? don't worry. Just walk in and you will see photo of every dish on the wall. The photo shows what the dish looks like and also the ingredients.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is Lam Tikka, with Nan. Usually, I order small portion (Tandoori voorgerechten). Though "voorgerechten" means "starter" in Dutch, the portion is not like "starter" at all. 2 pieces soft jouicy lam medalion and Nan/ rice (you can choose either of them), with little green salad. Then I would order Mango lassi as drink. Beside this budget meal, you also can get luxury one by normal portion. But I would suggest you to find a mate to share.
Push the door and you will enter a cosy, silent place. It's like sitting in a backyard of an arabic house. The waiter (I think he's also the owner) was very polite and friendly. Though he doesn't speak English, He tried his best to let me understand the menu as my Dutch is not good enough. It's a pity they don't have English menu.
Favorite Dish: We didn't try cous cous as we wanted to try something different. All the main courses are served with rice, mixed salad, and cooked vegetables. You can ask extra side dish if you need. My mother ordered lambs and I had fish meatball. Both were delicious and fresh. After the meal, don't forget to take mint tea. It helps your digestion.
They don't have big board to tell you "We are here!" But the full busy seating says it. It's always crowded after 7pm, mostly for the food. They don't have paper menu. You have to ask the waitress or read the menu board at the door. Don't worry about cheating price. What you will eat worths every penny you pay. The portion is quite big, especially the spare ribs. I always order the small portion of spare ribs (around 2/3 of normal portion); otherwise, I can't enjoy the included salad and fries. The ineterior decoration is interesting with head statues and many old Dutch stuff.
Favorite Dish: 1. Turnedo: excellent steak, with Parma cheese and pesto sauce. The other steak with mushroom or pepper sauce is also good. But I prefer this Italian style to taste the original flavor of the beef.
2. Spare Ribs: It's the specialty of this restaurant. They cook it in the boiling water first, grill it a bit then, and put home-made sweet-sour sauce. The meat is so soft that you can slit the meet from the bone easily.
The interior decoration is not the typical Greek white/ blue colors. They make inside look like farm house. Their decoration gives each table privacy. The grilled seafood is great and fresh. The grilled meat is also good. But the pork is the weakest dish. It's too dry. Try the traditional dish, Mousaka. It looks only-two-lyer Italian lasagne. The top part is mix of cheese and potato -- taste like cake. The bottom is minced meat with eggplant. They sear it in cubic shape. It just looks like a big cake. It's really delicious and mouth-watering. Moreover, it's not expensive.
If you go to DB and you want to enjoy a value for money 3-course meal that is half decent, I recommend this place to you. The menu isn't the largest, but the food is very nice. The only disappointment is the dessert. Hagen Daz ice cream is nice, but you can buy that in a supermarket!
Favorite Dish: Beef tornados
Den Bosch has many terraces to choose from. These cafes are very popular in the Netherlands and they are always crowded on a sunny day. Some serve drinks only and some offer food as well
Am I kidding? Of course I am, even in fastfood there are better alternatives. But I just couldn't resist the opportunity to show you that this junkfood multinational mutilated this nice building. Like they have done in many old cities.