I can’t say I’ve been especially impressed with the food culture in the Netherlands. The Dutch don’t seem to be “foodies” in the way I’m used to and nearly every cafe in town offers a basic menu with basic options. Even the Indian, Thai, and Indonesian restaurants are pretty bland. So when I was searching for a place to go for dinner for my birthday, I wasn’t especially optimistic about my culinary options.
I found Cafe De V through the Wiki Travel page on Delft. I checked their website (Dutch) and was extremely impressed. The website was fresh and contained all of the necessary information (unlike many other restaurant websites.) I met several friends there and the wait staff was friendly and ensured we had a table for five.
I wanted to try all of the appetizers (Dutch) and we ended up ordering three: Zucchini Pancakes (Courgette Pannenkoekjes), Carpaccio, and the Curry Cream Soup (Kerrie Roomsoep.) The first two were tasty but the soup was stellar. The sweetness of the mangoes mixed with the spiciness of the curry was fabulous.
For our main courses (Dutch) we ordered: the Black Angus Burger, the Club Sandwich, the Sirloin and the steak. The club sandwich was not, in any sense, a Club sandwich. It was more like an exploded spanakopita. However, it was really, really tasty. The Sirloin was perfectly cooked and was served with a large wedge of spinach pie. The steak was unremarkable and the burger was well prepared, but served on a Foccacia roll, which I didn’t care for.
Then we all ordered dessert (Dutch.) We had: pear cake, vanilla curd, and creme brulee. The pear cake was delicious and served warm. The vanilla curd was sour but served with honey and grilled pineapple. Eaten all together, it was delicious. The creme brulee was medicore.
I didn’t check the wine list. The beer selection was adequate; their list wasn’t impressively long but some of what they had was good quality. The price may have been the best feature. The meal, for five people with drinks, came to around €160. If you’re in town, it is certainly worth checking out.
Cafe De V