We drove to this restaurant, hidden in the Roggebotsebos in the province of Flevoland, on the occassion of Jennie's birthday ; with my parents-in-law and Jennie's sister and her family. In English, this restaurant would have to be called "the Great Gnome Forest".
I always find it a bit hard to imagine that at the time of my birth (1959) there was absolutely nothing in this area. The entire province consists of land reclaimed in the 1960s, prior to that there were no buildings here - come to think of it, not even the forest itself had come into existence.
Favorite Dish: They specialize in pancakes, so that is what our company of eight had. And we had icecream or fruit for dessert . The pancakes have fanciful names such as Hollandse Kabouter, Gnom and Nisse. We paid about 15 euro per person for pancakes, drinks and icecream.
We went for what we were hoping would be a fast lunch, but endend up taking longer than expected.
This is a typical Dutch restaurant with dark wooden walls and floors and we went for a typical Dutch dish - the Uitsmijter (Bread with fried egg on top). We were, however, not impressed as the bread was soaked in oil making them very "heavy" to eat. It took almost 20 minutes to prepare them which, in my opinion, is a bit to much. Service was a bit slow and waitresses were not very friendly
I would not go back.
As usual, in a place we did not know, we resorted to local knowledge for suggestions on where to eat, so we asked a girl on the street who advised 4 restaurants in the area, but since we did not feel like having Italian or Chinese we ended up in this restaurant.
We had a nice table overlooking the water (well, we had a ship in front of us, but could still see something), on a very pleasant evening and we had starters (some fish and a carpaccio) that were nice, but not exceptional and some sliced beef and a sallad as main courses. The mains were also good but once again not great.
The placemats were quite funny and they made fun of common uses/habits in dutch restaurants.
However, the nice and friendly service made it an enjoyable meal. We also had the clumsiest waiter ever who kept tripping over chairs, handbags, etc, not to mention dropping cutlery over people and spilling drinks, but he was very nice so it was very funny to see (no, I did not get anything on me.
We paid 40 Euros for the abovementioned two starters, mains and drinks, which is very reasonable. I would go back.
On Good Friday 2005 we had a quick lunch at De Groene Vlinder (in English that would be The Green Butterfly) in Kampen.
Favorite Dish: Jennie had toasted bread, and I had an 'uitsmijter' i.e. fried eggs served on slices of bread.
Only few restaurants and bars were open that Sunday. Conservative protestants not only have rules for themselves but often frown upon other people who do not follow their rules. We did find a pizzeria with tables outside, but unfortunately the Kampen municipality had put a big smelly garbage container next to it. Revenge maybe, or only ignorance?