#191 Mango avocado salad at burgerbar Pistache, Valkenburg (NL)

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).

Lots of restaurants, all very traditional … , Valkenburg

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€).
Yeah!

sign on wall with vegan wine mentioned, Pistache, Valkenburg
vegan salad mentioned on menu, Pistache, Valkenburg
side dishes, Pistache, Valkenburg

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.

Vegan wine (4,50€) and fresh orange juice (4,50€), Pistache, Valkenburg
avocado mango salad, with balsamico, with flatbread and fries, Pistache, Valkenburg
with wedges (4,5€) and fries (3,5€) on the side, Pistache, Valkenburg

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.Β Toilets are upstairs and there was a step to get in the restaurant. The toilets were clean, with tv screens in the mirrors!

Toilets upstairs, TV’s in mirrors, Pistache, Valkenburg
interior, Pistache, Valkenburg
interior (taken from stairs going to toilet), Pistache, Valkenburg

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.

Pistache, locationΒ 
Grotestraat Centrum 15,
6301 CVΒ Β Valkenburg
The Netherlands
+31 43 851 5111

website:Β https://pistachevalkenburg.nl/

See our lists of restaurants where vegans are welcome in the menu section of The Bruges vegan! List restaurantsΒ in BrugesΒ andΒ outside Β Bruges.

logo, Pistache, Valkenburg
front terrace, Pistache, Valkenburg

Some pics from Valkenburg:

view on city center from the Fortress, Valkenburg
statues, entrance gate to the historical city, Valkenburg
canal, Valkenburg

 

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