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B*kantine: spot on food but service is not on fire

B*kantine: spot on food but service is not on fire B*kantine: spot on food but service is not on fire

Photographer:Fotograaf: Kate Surala

Work like a slave, eat like a king

The Brandweerkantine is exactly what Maastricht had been missing for some time before this quirky and ‘instagrammable’ restaurant opened in the old fire station. This alternative location - very close to the city centre – is a great hangout place for eating out with friends or casual meetings. Walking through the large space, you could ‘inhale’ the real experience of this restaurant – art exhibition, old fire fighters’ equipment or children’s playground. Of course, the astonishing blend of different feelings based on the atmosphere will encourage you to taste the creative dishes served by the local staff.

Skimming through the extensive menu and different boards hanging on the walls offering daily specialties makes me wonder how the small kitchen can manage to serve so many variations in a timely fashion. All in all, we are just about to taste very simple dishes with an alternative twist as a result of creative combination of various vegetables and fruit with spices. Unfortunately, it takes the staff an excessive amount of time to even approach the customers to take their orders. The cranky waitresses neither care about incoming customers nor pick up the dirty dishes from your table. Why not just sit back and read through the interesting magazines lying on the table to cheer myself up? After waving numerous times at different waitresses, my rumbling stomach finally gets what it patiently awaits – a salad with warm goat cheese, nuts and blueberries. Yummy! I am enjoying the sweetness of garden blueberries with a slowly melting large piece of goat cheese while sipping my soy café latte.

My friends order a fresh and crispy bagel filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, fennel and garden cress. My partner could not resist the oeuf en cocotte with fresh spinach and honey tomatoes served right from the oven. In French, this dish is named after the ramekins in which the eggs are cooked and mixed with vegetables. A very simple and regular dish, but B*kantine nailed it. The only dish that we left aside were Greek/Turkish dolmades – stuffed vine leaves with rice and herbs. The combination of vinegar, vine leaves and rice is just not my favourite.

B*kantine is open throughout the day, from early morning until late at night.  So go ahead and plan your next visit, but remember to reserve a lot of time.

Kate Surala

-> Brandweerkantine, Capucijnenstraat 21, www.brandweerkantine.nl

My menu

 

Salmon bagel 

€7.20

Salad with warm goat cheese, nuts and blueberries

€10.50

Plate with cheese, ham and stuffed vine leaves

€13.50
Soy Latte

€2.60

Oeuf en cocotte

€7.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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