Stairway to Heaven is Utrecht's Rock café.
Rock music is a must here, made either by DJ's or Live Bands.
It has its own Steakway restaurant (closed on Sundays).
Mo-Sa: From 11AM
Su: From 1AM
Ma-vr: 11.00 uur.
When the sun's out the place for lunch has to be one of the canalside restaurants. The King Arthur is as good a place as any. This is situated on the upper bank of the Oude Gracht in the heart of the old city. The menu is fairly eclectic, ranging from bar snacks, such as bitterballen, through a good selection of sandwiches and salads and with an internationally-inspired set of main courses.
Service is typically Dutch, friendly, informal and efficient and prices quite reasonable.
Favorite Dish: I only dropped in for a light lunch and opted for a simple Ham-Kaas Tosti which, washed down with a couple of glasses of the local-ish Hertog Jan, was exactly what I was after whilst sitting out in the sun watching the world go by.
This isn't a reataurant per se, but it is a very good takeaway. The most unobservant visitor to Holland cannot fail to notice the large South East Asian influence on the culture and specifically the cuisine there. You can find excellent restaurants from many parts of that region in Holland, particularly Indonesian. I think it is a relic of the colonial Dutch East Indies days.
I got food from this place one day, and it was really good. There is nowhere to eat in the premises, so I took my food to a nearby park and had a lovely meal by the canal.
All the normal Indonesian standards are served well and cheaply, including my favourite - a boiled egg served in an almost volcanic sambal (hot sauce). If you are just looking for a quick and inexpensive meal and have had your fill of the ubiquitous "food walls" I would certainly recommend this place.
Favorite Dish: They do what in India would be described as a thali - a segmented dish (in this case plastic) with bits and pieces of various dishes, including the afore-mentioned egg! Great food, and at the price, unbeatable.
The waitress was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxing. I had a hot chocolate (warme chocolate) and the chicken entree (kipsaute with salad and frites). Both were delicious! A great experience overall.
Utrecht's Oudegracht (Old Canal) was constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries at which time this was the most important trading and ecclesiastical city in the Netherlands. When the canal was dug the rubble was used to elevate the streets on either side whilst the docks, wharves and warehouses were built alongside the canal at almost the same level as the water.
The canal is no longer used for commercial shipping but many of the former warehouses have been converted into atmoshperic restaurants with their dining rooms in the cellar-like storerooms and whose terraces extend onto the wharves right up to the water's edge.
Den Draeck is one such restaurant with its arched brickwork dating back to Medieval times and has a very pleasant waterside terrace which catches the early afternoon sun. The menu here is divided into Lunch, Snacks and Dinner (each being served at different times of the day) with the lunch menu ideally suited for casual grazing. Staff are friendly and service is informally professional and sitting on the terrace waching the canal life makes for a pleasant way of enjoying a relaxed lunch.
It's worth noting that as well as preserving the Medieval docks and wharves the canalside restaurants also contribute to the revival of the canal as a trading route as many of their deliveries are now made by barge - go to my "Local Customs" for a pic of the beer being delivered!
Favorite Dish: I went for the house special "Dragon Salad" (which was actually chicken) and this came as a piled high plateful of chicken chunks tossed through with pineapple and loads of fresh salady bits. The malty brown bread added some serious carbs and washed down with a couple of large beers I think my final bill was about 17 Euros which made for excellent value for money.
The French may have invented the "Grand Cafe" but the Dutch (and the Belgians) are the ones who have implemented the concept with true panache. Le Journal here in Utrecht's old city is a perfect example of how it should be done.
Inside the cafe is stylish and atmospheric with its gleaming mirrors and ornate varnished woodwork - it takes its name from the large communal reading table in the centre of its main room which is provided with the day's newspapers and a range of magazines.
Where the Dutch really get the "Grand Cafe" concept right is the informality of the service - on my visit this was swift, professional and with a smile.
The location, on a busy little square tucked away just inside the bend of the Old Canal, is excellent too. The covered pavement terrace seems a popular locals haunt and during the summer this extends out onto the tree-lined square where the leafy branches provide a natural shade even from the noonday sun.
The menu is pretty egalitarian with something for everyone from simple sandwiches to full-blown a-la-carte specialities and you are as welcome to just sit with a coffee as you are for a full-blown repast.
Favorite Dish: I was just after a leisurely breakfast and on a sunny June morning the seating on the square was ideal. The menu offers a major brunch but I opted for a simple ham and cheese croissant and coffee. This was excellent, and very substantial with a generous helping of both ham and cheese and a nicely flaky warm croisssant. Coffee too was good and even with a second cup my final bill was only just over six Euros.
This place offers walkers a welcome break to enjoy a cup of tea and a light lunch or sweet treat. The tea is blended as per your request and can be served with milk or without. There is outdoor seating in a pretty garden or inside is rather cosy & warm. They sell all types of organic breads, jams and honey. Light lunches are organic homemade quiches, soups, breads etc.
There is also an information center inside where you can obtain leaflets about the surroundings. There were plenty of Englisg speakers also enjoying a coffee or tea in these pleasent surrounds.
This tavern is housed in the former Maria Minor church in the center of Amsterdam. This was one of the hidden churches during the reformation it was dangerous to show your faith so buildings appeared normal on the outside but housed a secret church inside.
We enjoyed a nice belgium beer here a half pint of La Chouffe. I believe you can eat here as well but if it gets very busy inside the accoustics are not very good with the high ceiling so its a bit noisy.
Sitting next to the gracht enjoying spare ribs on a lovely spring evening is the best thing out. The service was excellent, the food was good and the ribs was on offer to eat as much as you wanted. I do not think many people took them up on their offer, cause the portion they serve you is quite big. My sister had the prawns as started. She got 4 nice big prawns that was done very nicely.
Favorite Dish: 2 x Hertog jan @ 4.50 (small beers)
1 x Gegrilde gambas's knofl @ 10.50 (prawns with garlic)
1 x onbeperkt spare-ribs @ 16.50 (unlimited spare-ribs)
As you leave Central station you will this little restaurant on your left next to the organic shop. Unfortunately I cannot recall its name, but they sure have the best cakes to serve that I had in utrecht.
Hema is not the place where you would expect to go and eat something, but I can tell you that their cakes are really good. It was cold and rainy so we dropped in for shopping to warm up a bit and stumbled across the restaurant area.
Favorite Dish: Strawberry tart
I was really not impressed with the service here, but the food at least was good. We started with a mixed starter and wanted to wait a bit before ordering our main meal, but the waitron was so rude and would not allow us to sit and wait a bit before ordering the main mail. We had 2 x dommelsch fluitje (beer in small glass) and 2 x Terang piesad which was really very nice. All this cost us 17.50euro
This an eetcafe with belgian cuisine. Very good food (the duck was too dry though) and extremely friendly staff. The location deserves a special mention: the restaurant is inside an old ex-church with still the organ and statues, therefore very peculiar atmosphere!
Just outside the Central Station (train) you will find the restaurant La Place. It is owned by V&D. Up here you can have various dishes. Choose one and they will make it for you. In this restaurant you can chill out and have a look outside (watching people passing by).
The opening hours are:
Monday 08:00 - 20:00 hours
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00 hours
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00 hours
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00 hours
Friday 08:00 - 20:00 hours
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00 hours
Sunday 12:00 - 20:00 hours
Favorite Dish: On 2 January 2009 I was at this restaurant. I had a salmon with french fries. It was tasty.
This cafe was rather a surprise because I've passed it many times when I'd use the back entrance to the Parking that I usually use when visiting the center of Utrecht. It looks like a normal 19th century house but it is actually a church.
Well, it was a church because now it is a busy cafe but still with all the trimmings of a church. It specialises in Belgian beer and it has a lively atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: We didn't drink beer, but had tea and coffee with excellent apple pie and chocolate cake. For a total of € 11,60.
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