Last week we visited the parents in-law in Zeeland. I wanted to have lunch in Goes before shopping for a gift for Robin’s grandmother. We wanted Thai or Japanese but I couldn’t find anything trustworthy on the Internet. We will leave it to chance, I told Robin.
This time, I opted for a café just to prove a point – that my choice of dining establishment is not limited to fancy restaurants. My choice fell into De Smederij, a café that Robin swears he had never heard of despite growing up here.
Cafés in the Netherlands are establishments where local residents usually hang out for coffee or beer, meet up places where everyone seems to know each other. Think of pubs in the UK.
True enough, the restaurant was brimming with old Zeeuws, mostly ladies lunching, that afternoon. The diners blend in very well with the 60’s atmosphere of the restaurant – vintage chandeliers, gold-plated name plates in the toilet, dark, wooden cabinets and a leather lounge sofa.
We were seated beside the window overlooking the Stenen Brug. This is exactly kind of place where I would spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon people watching. The wait staff were very attentive as well, true to the promise in their website of serving you with a smile.
We perused the lunch menu and decided on a typical Dutch lunch – bread. We ordered home-made tuna and pulled pork sandwich (photo above) that we both can share. After barely finishing my tea, our orders were served. I ordered a glass of cava and toast for that fleeting afternoon sun we got that day.
Were they delicious? Oh definitely! They taste as good as they look here in the photos, even better, I think. Our stomachs were more than satisfied. Had we had more time, we would have hang out there as well and enjoy an apple pie. But it was already late in the afternoon and shops in this little town close early.
We will reserve it for the next visit.
Grand Café De Smederij
4461 HV Goes
+31 113 211 222