Eating out the Zeeland way
Choice is a fine thing in Zeeland, especially when it comes to eating out. Be you a person seeking peace and quiet, or a beachgoer, a biker, a foodie or a fast young thing, there are restaurants to your liking. So varied is the choice – from beach to polder, from on the dike to outside it – maybe you can’t quite see the wood for the trees. Here are ten tips for enjoying the culinary delights of Zeeland.
A land in the sea, sure, has many harbours. Take a table next to the jetty, boat watching, people watching. Could last for ever. In most Brouwershaven restaurants, you’re seated in the first row, the harbour is the stage. In Zierikzee, watching everything pass by is not just for water sport lovers. The café De Gekroonde Suikerbiet is listed by Misset Horeca, a hospitality journal, as the best café in Zeeland. At the De Zeemeeuw restaurant on the outer harbour of Stellendam, you could easily picture your fish dish coming straight from the boat in front of you. Could be.
Farmer feeds you
In the polder
On ‘t other side of ‘t dike
The dikes protect us from the sea. Respect. A thousand times respect. In the safety of their shelter, we can live, work and play. There are places, though, where we cautiously go to the sea-side of the dike. At the westernmost tip of the Walcheren headland, on the imposing Zeedijk of Westkappele, the dike pavilion De Westkaap deferentially stands just metres away from the North Sea. You’ll eat well, in awed fascination at the tableau just beyond your table: a fierce storm, a passing ship, a setting sun.
Up on the dike
Zeeland - Land o’ Lakes
We have more on offer than just the splendid estuaries of the Oosterschelde and the Westerschelde and the North Sea, we got lakes too. Water sporters thrill there, bathers chill there and some great people village there. To dine at the Wields aan het Water restaurant in Ouddorp on the Grevelingen lake will elevate your dining experience to world-famous heights. Go with friends or family, enjoy the terrace or rest awhile on a lounger on the private beach. You will, finally, leave, inspired by the beguiling dishes, the very nice people and the tasteful music.