Dutch Food and Drink

Paul Baderman 
by our Netherlands expert Paul Baderman

Eating & Drinking in Netherlands

In the past, Dutch cooking has had an unfortunate reputation of being a bit bland. These days, however, global culinary influences have powered a food renaissance in the Netherlands which looks set to go from strength to strength.

Indeed, some of the traditional Dutch foods had no need of change in the first place. Buttermilk, for example is one of the staples of the Dutch diet and is not only delicious but also full of lactic acid and renowned for its health benefits. Similarly, many Dutch cheeses have an excellent flavour and the Netherlands exports hundreds of millions of tonnes of cheese such as Edam and Gouda every year.

And if you are unlucky enough to have a poor meal, then there are always plenty of famous Dutch beer brands such as Heineken, Amstel, and Oranjeboom to help wash your food down. Indeed, to get the full beer experience, why not take a brewery tour such as the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam.

See below for some Dutch language words and phrases to help you find your perfect holiday meal in The Netherlands...

Useful Phrases when Eating Out
English Dutch
Do you have a table? Hebt u een tafel?
are you ready to order? Zijn klaar om te bestellen
What is it? Wat is het?
how much is it? Hoeveel kost dit?
I would like ... Ik wil graag…
The day's special De schotel van de dag
And to drink? Om te drinken?
Beer Bier
A bottle of red wine Een fles rode wijn
orange juice Sinaasappelsap
A jug of water Een karaf water
sparkling / still met prik / zonder prik
Tea Thee
Coffee Koffie
With milk met melk
cheers sante
I'm vegetarian Ik ben een vegetarier
I'm allergic to ... Ik ben allergisch voor
It was very good Het was heerlijk
the bill/check, please De rekening, alstublieft

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