restaurant review #191 – Valkenburg is a small town in the south of the Netherlands, near the Belgian border. We were here a couple of weeks ago, and also visited several restaurants in Maastricht at the time.
The city center of Valkenburg is very touristic. Valkenburg is well known among cycling fans, as it is the place where the Amstel Gold race finishes.
De ‘Grote Straat’ (the main street) is one restaurant next to the other, with all more or less the same – very traditional – menus (‘seafood, steak, lobsters, etc …). Very disappointing 😦 Also spotted this sign in one of the tourist shops).
Beforehand, we had found references of two other places in Valkenburg with vegan options (El Castillo, and Eten bij Ziza), but both are closed for lunch.
We suddenly saw a sign at the wall of a restaurant with ‘vegan wine’ written on it, so that was a pleasant surprise. We asked the waitress if they had any vegan options on the menu, and they have one: a salad with avocado and mango (14€).
The waitress was very accomodating, and made no problem to go check in the kitchen for ingredients. The fries and wedges are baked in plant based oil.
The avocado and mango salad was nice, although the mango was still partly frozen. There was no vegan sauce with the fries (because it was mayonaise), but she did offer us guacamole (but we declined). The salad came with flatbread.
Pistache is not accessible. Toilets are upstairs and there was a step to get in the restaurant. The toilets were clean, with tv screens in the mirrors!
Our lunch was not culinary wow, but nice enough. Service was very friendly and we were comfortable sitting in the shade, on the front terrace.
We were very happy to have found Pistache, otherwise we would have eaten our vegan energy bars (we always carry some with us as back up ;-). Nice discovery.
Grotestraat Centrum 15,
6301 CV Valkenburg
+31 43 851 5111
Some pics from Valkenburg: