The Het Steen is a pub first, and a restaurant second. The food wasn't bad. I had a Salmon Steak, and Mariangela had a salmon salad. Both were pretty good, and the prices weren't bad at all.
Favorite Dish: Salmon, and the only beer they serve...Heineken.
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 was one of those places where they have a large stainless steel cooking table and the chef does a symphony of cuisine and theatre with a couple of paint scrapers. I lost count of the amount of dishes we were given, but at the end I was happily full of healthy fish and veggies....
The best bit was the fried rice... the chef spun a couple of eggs on the table, whipped them into the air, caught them expertly and smashed them without getting eggshell everywhere. Ethel said she was going to try this at home. I made mental note to put a shower curtain down on the floor of my own kitchen if I was going to try it. It's handy to have a couple of dogs to act as hoovers if it all goes wrong......
Favorite Dish: I particularly liked the salmon steaks.... the way they were done they turned our crispy on the outside (but not so much that they broke your teeth) and meltingly yummy on the inside....
Total cost for 6 people was 212.10 Euros....
As the title suggests, this restaurant was like the parsons egg - good in parts!
The decor is light wood panelling, with some very pleasant Vietnamese prints and artefacts on the wall.
I was there on a Tuesday night in early November and there were eight other people in what is about a 60 cover restaurant. The service, I am sorry to report, was awful. I waited ages to be served, and then another age to receive my meal. When it did arrive, the waiter managed to spill soup all over the tablecloth.
On the upside, the food was very good. i am not sure if it was a translational matter, but the pork with orange peel, tasty though it was, was not "hot and spicy" as billed on the menu.
The hot and sour soup that didn't land on the table was excellent.
I don't know if service improves at busier times (bizarre as this may sound) by virtue of them having more than one waiter on. Let's hope so, because it owuld be a shame for decent food like this to be let down by the front of house.
The website provided is in Dutch but has all the relevant details.
Favorite Dish: Good as the soup was, my favourite item was actually a side dish, the mixed pickled vegetables - essentially a julienned salad marinated in (I think) rice wine vinegar and served with crushed peanuts on top. Very good.
The five of us decided to have our meeting dinner here which was a great choice.
We had 2 green curry's, a vegetable quiche, a huge pot of mussels and rib eye steak with aubergines.
Rich demonstrating the muscles from Brussels??
The we all had rather decadent desserts and wine
The bill came to Euro 111 which was an even bigger suprise
This is MORE than just a restaurant - as its name suggests - it's 'the experience' (de Beleving in Dutch). The pianists play live music and sing. So what? When they don't, the waiting staff do (see photos)! This makes for a unique entertaining experience, but if you are hungry and in a hurry, maybe it would not be so good!
To be frank, but fair; the food is good but not great. But it's great value at €35 for a 3 course; and because of what I said above, you never have the problem of feeling too full after each course - the singing gives you plenty of time to rest.
Favorite Dish: The beef carapaccio starter and smoked salmon are both excellent. Recommend the duck or steak for mains. Its best to stick to the set menu - around 35 Euros gets you 3 courses (not counting drink).
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.
okay you want tips, in the summer go to the oude gracht, you can not miss it it is the main chanel runnig trough Utrecht. There are so many restaurants, ranging from indian, african, pasta restaurants, steak houses, and even Mac donalds..
the most restaurants have terrasces on the wearfs where you can sit in the sun when the weather is okay, and other wise you can sit in side.
what prices conserns, oh some are expencive but some are okay, dutch standard, but..........
Favorite Dish: my favorite is the Osrich, african restaurant, on the site where the hema is, good food, with lots of meat, and reasonable prices, and the service is fine
dishes from the north and south of africa and the middle, but very good vegatarian dishes too. The music is great too, and they have great art hanging on the walls.Oh and great wines from all kind of countries, marocco, S. africa, algeria. Well worth a visit, and they have african beer
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.
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
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
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.
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)
Rather rare to select "diner" in a Dutch setting, but it's the right typification for Diner 66, an American foodbar.
On the menu are:
-Extra's (Side dishes)
-Toppers (Diners with meat, fries and vegetables)
Business hours: All week 8AM-Midnight
Favorite Dish: Çhicken wrap with fries.
This restaurant is so much fun. Very crowded and on busy nights you have to share tables with other guests (with whom you can have so much fun.. as testified by the picture). So you never know beforehand who will be your tablemates for the evening. You can look straight in the kitchen with all its delicious smells and busy cooks. If you are lucky there are some people who brought their guitar and a nice musical event is the consequence. I once came out of this restaurant at 3 in the morning after such a night. We actually just wanted to eat something before going out..
Favorite Dish: I always take pinchos because i like that so much. With a good wine or sangria and a cortado to finish i'm in heaven.
But its been said that the fish dishes are very good too. Never tried that though
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