Dining in the Netherlands

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Restaurants
There is a wide range of restaurants in the Netherlands that offer food varying from Japanese to Western dishes.
  • Eating Cafes
Very basic dishes; they also offer small snacks for informal (non-dinner) meetings.
  • Snackbars
Usually offer fried dishes, salads and basic sandwiches.
Rules For Eating Out
The Dutch generally have three meals a day, of which only one is actually properly cooked: breakfast is hearty, lunch is mostly buffet-like and dinner, which is served quite early, at about 6 pm. Restaurants open their doors around 6 pm and their kitchen closes at 10 pm. The payment is after dinner along with a small tip if the service was good.

Price Indications

Economy Meal > 6 EUR
Medium Price Meal 10-20 EUR
Good Quality Meal > 50 EUR
Food Specialties
Among others, the Dutch specialties are:
Boerenkool: curled cabbage with smoked sausage
Hutspot: Dutch stew
Haagse Bluf: whipped eggs
Speculoos: traditional Saint Nicolas cake
Borstplaat or the fondant: titbit, mainly eaten between Saint Nicolas and New Year's day.
Anijsmelk: aniseed milk: one of the favourite drinks of the Dutch just as hot chocolate is.
Bisschopswijn: heated wine
Boerenmeisjes: apricot brandy.
Beer, wine and sodas.
Dietary Restrictions
Table Manners
Dining is fairly formal in the Netherlands; the table manners are Continental. Remain standing until invited to sit down, men generally remain standing until all the women have taken their seats. If you have not finished eating, cross your knife and fork in the middle of the plate with the fork over the knife. Do not begin eating until the hostess starts; most food is eaten with cutlery, including sandwiches. The host gives the first toast, an honoured guest should return the toast later in the meal. Always start with small amounts so you may accept second helpings. Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of your plate.

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