Care for a Broodje?

When I first came to the Netherlands in February 2015, I was taken aback by the lack of lunch meals in the University cafeteria. Basically, there are none. Or lets say, there are mostly crocettes (which to me are best described as a different shaped variety of Bitterballen), fries, some varieties soups and sandwiches. That’s it. And for me, being used to some kind of warm, balanced meal for lunch, this was new territory. Unfortunately, the cafeteria café in the library was not that resourceful and creative in their menu planning, thus leaving me with the impression that Dutch lunches are mostly bland and boring.

However…

Hearty sandwich with pulled pork, bacon, cheese, lettuce and cocktail sauce at De Beurs, Utrecht.
Hearty sandwich with pulled pork, bacon, cheese, lettuce and cocktail sauce at De Beurs, Utrecht.

I soon learned that sandwiches, or what they call broodje here in the Netherlands, which are on the menues of many local restaurants and bars are not only filling but simply brilliantly tasty and…

Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich in Parkcafé Buiten, Utrecht
Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich in Parkcafé Buiten, Utrecht

sometimes breathtakingly creative. And very reasonably priced.

Thus, if you happen to be in Utrecht and care for broodje, these three restaurants are a must:

1. Bar Restaurant Walden

A bar that is well frequented by students during lunch time as well as in the night (amazing 15 Euro 3 course meals). Walden is located right next to the dome and offers lunch sandwiches, including a drink for 6 or 7 Euros, such as carpaccio with Grana Padano and pesto sauce or a sandwich with chicken, mangochutney and chili mayonnaise.

Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan, pine nuts and pesto sauce.
Beef Carpaccio with Grana Padano, pine nuts and pesto sauce.

2. De Beurs

This restaurant can be found in the very heart of Utrecht with its huge terrace and tellingly woos its customers with the slogan “Burger, Steak & Lobster”. However, if you’re hungry during lunch time I strongly suggest you order one of their wonderful sandwich variations, such as the one with pulled pork, bacon and cocktail sauce or this version of a hotdog (which is technically not a sandwich, you caught me there, but it still is one of their broodjes, so I hope it still counts):

De Beurs version of a hot dog with self-made sausage, coleslaw, roasted onions and bacon.
De Beurs version of a hot dog with self-made sausage, coleslaw, roasted onions and bacon.

3. Parkcafé Buiten

A wonderful little café located at the edge of Wilhelminapark, which, quite frankly, is one of the nicest parks I have seen anywhere I’ve been so far – so it’s worth a visit! The café does not only offer a beautiful area to sit outside in the sun and observe the bicycle madness going on around you but you can enjoy some of the best sandwiches in Utrecht there as well. You might need to wait for service for a while or very actively catch their attention, but their really friendly and the food is worth the wait.

Roastbeef sandwich with eggs, onions, capers and garlic mayonnaise at Parkcafé Buiten, Utrecht.
Roastbeef sandwich with eggs, onions, capers and garlic mayonnaise at Parkcafé Buiten, Utrecht.

Sooo…in conclusion, yes, they may “only” eat sandwiches for lunch, but well, they’ve managed to elevate their brodjes so that even my grandmother was attacking her sandwich with goatcheese, honey, beets and nuts with a youthful and excited vigor I only ever see people displaying when they’re eating their grandma’s food – and grandma always knows best when it comes to food.

My grandmother eating a goatcheese sandwich with beets, honey and nuts at De Beurs, Utrecht.
My grandmother eating a goatcheese sandwich with beets, honey and nuts at De Beurs, Utrecht.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. coraver says:

    Don’t you mean broodje?

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    1. Foodislove says:

      Thank you, good catch! well that was embarrassing 😀

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      1. coraver says:

        No problem! If you’re looking for foodporn in Utrecht, i would also recommend trying out some sandwiches of Broodje Ben (at the Oudegracht, in a cart on the bridge close to HEMA) 🙂

        And *cough* you can always take a look at my blog *cough* at http://teveelvrijetijd.wordpress.com 😉

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  2. yumlish says:

    Love the pics!

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    1. Foodislove says:

      Thank you! the sandwiches were so gorgeous, didn’t need much talent to get them right 😉

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  3. I used to live in A’dam and miss the brodjes sooo much! My fave was the filet Americain at Van Dobben- which, I have to add, I’ve never seen in America (being an American) LOL.

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  4. Reblogged this on Miss Maisie and Me and commented:
    found this lovely post on another blog and it brought back fond memories of my fave brodjes when I was in Amsterdam. Nice photos-

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