Witloof is a Belgian restaurant in Maastricht. It was rather weird to me because Belgium is only 5 minutes drive away and yet somebody had to put the restaurant across the border.
It wouldn’t be a restaurant that one discovers by chance, there is no big signage at the front unless you do understand Dutch language to laugh at the jokes they have at the windows. The prominent huge picture of an Einstein looking man at the front did not reveal any hint either. Very often (while walking to the market), I see tourists taking photos or standing outside the restaurant discussing something on the windows or the old man picture.
First encounter with Witloof was the croquette. Ad the owner sent some from their restaurant (less than 100m from where we live) to Willem’s birthday party. He occasionally drops by to one of the neighbours street BBQ or drinking sessions while walking Leffe and Chouffe around the neighbourhood.
Dutch love their croquettes and it’s often found in restaurants’ menu. I have tried several croquettes at different restaurants and Witloof has one of the nicest croquette. There are three flavours that I have tried from Witloof – the shrimp, veal and chicken. Lekker!
Soon I found that Witloof is not just a restaurant, it’s a restaurant with award wining interior design. Even the Chinese magazines had reported on the restaurant. One almost never hears of Maastricht in Asia let alone having a few articles writing about a restaurant in Maastricht. Now I know why the tourists were pointing, taking photos, looking and discussing outside the restaurant.
So after living here for 43 days, I had my proper Witloof experience yesterday. Weather was not extremely warm last evening and it made a good reason to eat indoor. It was rather risky because the owner is a friend and I do hope the food is decent so that I will return. Honestly, I hate to pretend food is great when it is not. I have to do this some times to be polite but it does not make me feel good.
Ad showed us the basement with new design done last year. It was inspired by the Sistine Chapel, I think I will be eating my croquette in between the thighs staring at the tits in the winter. I like the upstair function room with walls covered fully by plates. The main area is resemblance of some typical Belgium restaurants.
They have menu in both Dutch or English and the staffs speak very good English with very pleasant attitude. They have Euro 25.25 2 course menu, Euro 29.75 for three course or Euro 25.25 for three course if you go with the day menu. It’s the most affordable menu I have seen so far, for a proper restaurant eating.
We went for two course meal, in general we don’t have sweet tooth. I had the stewed meat balls as a starter which later I swapped with Willem for the croquettes (you can never have enough of them!). I had chosen to try risotto with scampi as main since Willem failed to make a nice version of it for me few days ago. Mmmmmmmm…. I like~! Not sure about Willem’s oven roast baby chicken since I was too busy savouring my risotto. According to him the chicken was good.
I was contemplating about writing about the wine we had because I quite like it. However from the name of the wine Willem just gave me, I will leave that to him, I only heard bla bla bla bla… sauvignon blanc bla bla.
Witloof opens from Wednesday to Sunday for dinner. You can check out the restaurant online at www.witloof.nl if you don’t live in Maastricht otherwise, I would recommend you to pop over and experience the restaurant personally.