Best-kept secrets: 10x Restaurants off the beaten track
It’s pretty easy to find all the hotspots in the city center.. But where do the locals hang out? Look no further; we have gathered the ten best-kept secrets for foodies. What are you waiting for? Book yourself a table!
You might have noticed Italian flags in many streets with restaurants. As a pasta and pizza lover, you’re all set. If you’re looking for a new place to try, we have just the spot for you: Trattoria Manca. Gnocchi with shrimp, spaghetti carbonara and homemade tiramisu. You’ll feel right at home at this little Italy on the Hoogstraat.
Locals love to go to Gusto-040, especially on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Because they’re in on a little secret: there's a special menu available these days. Great when you don't feel like cooking but still want a nutritious meal. Another must-try are the (vegetarian) tapas. Enjoy!
If you scroll through the Insta-feed of this restaurant, you know: it's cozy up there. This restaurant is in the Iris neighborhood (hence the name), and has the atmosphere of an old-school pub with food that makes you come back. Buckle up, and be amazed by the great atmosphere, the hidden courtyard(!), and the monthly changing menu with seasonal vegetables in the lead. Yummy!
It doesn't get more authentic than this: Spaans Centrum, or Spanish Center, is the place to enjoy everything the Spanish cuisine offers. Their specialty: seafood. As befits a hidden gem, they don’t have a website or a digital menu. And you can’t make reservations. Just go to Strijp and have a taste!
On the square at Leenderweg, you can imagine yourself in Naples for an evening ... food-wise! A brief lesson in history: the wood-fired Neapolitan beauty, uh, pizza as we know it (or at least should know it) comes from this Italian port. And at Hout Pizzeria, they serve the OG. Thin bottom, airy crust, and very flavorful with an Italian birra.
An adapted version of the Chinese-Indonesian cuisine is quite popular in the Netherlands, but for authentic Chinese dishes, you should go to Kam Po on the Kruisstraat. The menu is almost ridiculously large and requires some detective-like skills. You could save time by blindly trusting our favorites: roasted pork belly, Ha Kaw (glassy steamed dumpling), and scallops.
You know you're in for a treat when a restaurant is named after the chef's mother. Mo's Moroccan restaurant Chomicha in Woensel-West is a fusion of traditional dishes, new flavors, aromas, and colors. The menu says it all: the bastilla with chicken is a must, and the tagine with lamb and the date cake make our hearts beat faster.
Work, celebrate, and eat. All sorts of things happen around the dining table; it's an important moment of connection. With this philosophy in mind, a group of friends runs the Indian restaurant Foodgasm at Kruisstraat. Good atmosphere: check. Authentic dishes: check. Not entirely unimportant to mention is their commitment to sustainability. Think reusable glass jars for their to-go curry’s. Kind to the environment: double check!
Stratumseind may call itself the longest party street in the Netherlands, but there are plenty of good restaurants hidden here. Luigi's is one of them. Or should we say: 'Luigi's top quality burgers.' What you read is what you get ;)
Last, Valli's Corner, named after its owner Valli. In her tropical restaurant on the Edisonstraat, you'll get to know all kinds of Asian influences, including those from her homeland Malaysia. Her food is a tribute to traditional recipes passed on from generation to generation. Would you like to cook as well as the chef herself? Then check out her workshops!