Bakker Bart is a franchise chain of baked good and sandwich shops, the largest in the Netherlands with almost 200 outlets opened since 1977. The founder, Bart Velasco, sold his company to a large German group in 2000 and moved on to other businesses. He may have consumed a few too many of his rich breads, pastries, and sandwiches, crossing from a heart attack at the age of 53 on a New Year's Eve 2007.
The Delft outlet is easily found in the main shopping district just one block from the Markt, offering counter service and multiple tables ( and a single sex clean bathroom ). For a small store, there was a large selection of pastries including a delicious apple tart, pizza, great muffins, and sandwich varieties including cheese, eggs, deli meats, and meatballs with coffee tea juices and soda available. Prices were as anticipated reasonable.
Haute cuisine this is not, absolutely perfect for fast very good food on a day trip it is. Easy to understand why this chain has prospered.
And at the shoe store next door, my beloved P became so enthralled with a pair of shoes on a post-prandial visit that she bought the new ones and threw the shoes she was wearing in the garbage.
There are restaurants from nearly every nationality, but some of them are exclusive, and situated in beatiful buildings.
Favorite Dish: The typical Dutch soup is the "Erwten soep",
peesoup, and "rode kool met appeltjes" .
One should usually not eat at the most touristic spot in any town when it comes down to quality and service.
I found that this lunchroom/restaurant was quite an exception. First of all, the waiters were really friendly and sunny.
The restaurant is on the main square overlooking the weekly market, the city hall and the New Church (which is actually quite old).
Sorry, I have no photo's. But have a look at their website.
Favorite Dish: I had a Dutch pancake for lunch. A Dutch pancake, as you can see in the local tips on my Netherlands page, is a large thin pancake that covers a whole big dinner plate. It is usually quite filling, enough for a luncheon.
I had mine with apple and bacon, fried into the pancake itself. It was very slightly dusted with cinnamon and as is tradition, one gets powder sugar and syrup to add liberally over the pancake.
I must say, this was one of the best pancakes I'd eaten out.
Now here's the good news: every Tuesday and Thursday (from 17 hrs onwards) you can eat unlimited pancakes for only 7.50 euro!
I tried Mexican cuisine for the first time in my life in the Netherlands. For the second time it happened 15 years later in Mexico.
The Mexican kitchen is very diverse with strong regional influences and always well seasoned - but not necessarily flaming hot!
Ingredients like beans, grain, pumpkin, tomato, jicama, cocoa, avocado, papaya, guava, vanilla, innumerable spices, and of course the famous chilli pepper all originate from this tasteful area.
What's available defines what's eaten, hence the great variations in local cuisine. Under North American, French and Spanish influence, native Mayan cooking evolved into today's Mexican culinary culture
Opened daily from 16:30 h.
Some of the pleasure of any travel is experimenting with the local foods. Here in Delft we came across the Het Wapen van Delft (where it says the even Bill Clinton ate) and enjoyed the view of the market so stopped for breakfast. The waitress was very kind helping us interpert the menu which was only in Dutch.
Favorite Dish: We opted for the Applebeignets and Poffertjes as you can see in the pictures, try them both and I am sure you will enjoy. I won't spoil your fun by telling you what is inside.
you can buy coffee machines here (such as espresso makers), exotic coffees and anything to do with coffee.
I chose to enjoy my cappuccino outside on the street and there were many ducks and swans having fun in the canal I was sitting by.
Favorite Dish: I very much enjoyed the cappuccino. It remained very hot in the double glass.
There may be much quainter places in Delft to drink coffee but this one stands out head and shoulders when it comes to good quality.
If you are not really fuss about tasting the real thai or chinese food, it would be alright, as the food here are pro-local standard.
We ordered thai food, have a tom ka kai as starter, which was extremely disappointing. It does not taste anything like thai at all.
The main course, thai sweet and sour chicken also not tasty.
They charged euro3 for a pot of chinese tea for one person. Better order some coca-cola or juices.
Certainly won't be backed for a second round.
The Bounge is a restaurant that is squeezed together with the Le Mariage restaurant and the Pijpenla bistro in 3 century old canal houses.
The Bounge is the more classy of the three and you can expect a first class service.
We-Su: Noon - 2AM (weekends)
In the background: VJ Bruno playing 80s music.
Favorite Dish: Go for what the chief will recommened. Although there are high quality items on the menu, it's not always the right season. Furthermore the restaurant normally offers a numbers of day specials, with an ultimate quality in taste.
Tried their buffet dim sum at lunch hour, which begins from 12 noon to 15.00.
It costs Euro10 per person inclusive drinks (coffee, tea or soda/frisdrank).
The restaurant is not full, and there are quiet some varieties choices of food such as dim sum, fried noodles, fried rice, and the famous dutch fav. chicken satay with peanut sauce.
Favorite Dish: Unfortunately there is not a single dish that I could call my fav.
Personally, I find the food quality is just so-so, but quite value for money though, in the view of so many choices of food to choose from.
Boterhuis could have actually been a butterhouse centuries ago and the decor has been kept intact to retain the old world charm. Reserve a table on the lower level and you can enjoy a great meal with the canal by your side. The decor is minimalistic with wrought iron candle stands adorning the slightly dilapidated walls. The lower level also has a huge wrought iron gate as a reminder of the bygone eras.
The lower level is an ideal location for a quiet evening with friends or a romantic dinner with your beloved.
Favorite Dish: The herbed risotto with shallots and mushrooms is an absolute must-have. It is called Kruidenrisotto met pommodori, sjalotjes en kastanje champignons in dutch. The dish is a simple yet delicately flavoured, creamy risotto with just the right level of cheese to suit my palette. Also try the portobello mushroom with goat cheese. Its also quite nice.
The portions are quite big. Atleast I could easily make my meal with just the risotto.
De Kurk is in Kromstraat and the moment you enter this street you know that it is major student hangout. There are a couple of bars in this street and De Kurk looks like any regular bar when you enter. But dont be fooled by outer appearance people, because right next to the bar is a beautiful restaurant inside a glasshouse. So even when its raining you can still get your fill of eating outside.
Favorite Dish: The menu for vegetarians like me was quite limited. 2 starters and 1 maincourse, but the food was great. I digged into the salad my colleague ordered and it was yummy. For the maincourse I had spinach quiche with a gorgeous, slightly creamy sauce on the side and those amazing potato cakes these dutch make. The dessert menu was also interesting although I went for dutch strawberries with white chocolate mousse. The mousse was very well made, nice and light and just the right touch of sweetness.
De Ruif is among the many bars in the centre of Delft. The ambience is pretty much similar to a regular bar and it also has a barge on the canal which is lovely to be on when the weather is nice. The reason I mention De Ruif is because of its great finger food or something to have with a drink
Favorite Dish: I am a sucker for Dutch bread. I think its really really great and what these guys serve up as finger food along with drinks is pretty common in any Dutch bar. Bread with tapenade and butter (could be garlic butter or any other flavoured butter). De Ruif serves up bread with tapenade (a sort of paste of olives with olive oil and sundried tomatoes or capers - the recipe could vary) and aioli (a sauce of garlic and olive oil). The fun begins with the freshly baked bread - slightly crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Its quite a treat and goes very well with wine and beer atleast.
Chinese restaurant Pom Lai is located close to the citycentre of Delft. It's across the river Schie south of the centre. It's an interesting location to get good food for less. They have a wide choice of typical Chinese food and offer also take away-service.
Favorite Dish: Baked bananas.
The Mexican restaurant La cantina is located behind the townhall on the marketplace of Delft. They have a wide choice of all kinds of Mexican food. The food you get is good, but the amount of meat can be more.
De Ruif is a cazy bar where you can enjoy a great meal at low cost.
Housed in a centuries old building next to one of the old canals it's a great setting just North of the Market.
Great place to just have a drink, talk or enjoy a lunch or dinner.
Favorite Dish: Starter: Uibui (French onion soup)
Main course: The day's special; in my case Varkenshaas met spek
Dessert: Schroeischade (Crème brûlée, melon & Ice)