Best value eats in Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges?
I'll be in Amsterdam for a week and might drop by Brussels/Bruges as well. I've seen the other good recs on this board, but would be open to any suggestions as to good value restaurants/eats for someone on a budget. I would prefer food that I can't get here in the U.S./unique stuff. Ethnic is good too. Which Indonesian place is the best too? Thanks.
Touristy fun and great mussels - Chez Lyon (off the Gran Platz)
Absolutely fantastic,save up your money and dont miss - Comme Chez soi.
Belgium and Brussels in particular is the finest chance that anyone can walk down the street and let their nose guide them to a very good restaurant. -- You'll love it!
You can get more than passable streetside food in Brussels if your budget is quite tight--the Liege-style waffles are filling (vs the airy Brussels style, which aren't) and the fries are excellent. There are also still open-air markets in various parts of the city throughout the week, again good for snacking.
For a sit-down restaurant, we really liked In't Spinnekopke, which is outside the main restaurant drag on a quiet plaza within an easy walk of the Gran Place. They have a good beer cellar and a nice menu with plenty of classic Belgian dishes, all at a price a fair bit below what you'd be paying in the main drags. And bless them, they do have a nonsmoking area.
1a, Place du Jardin aux Fleurs
The website is not terribly informative, but run a google search on the name and you'll find lots of reviews.
I would also recommend In't Spinnekopke for sit-down restaurant (dinner). I ate there twice in the three days that I spent in Brussels and left very happy (and quite stuffed) both times. If I remember correctly (it has been a while) I think I spent about 20 Euros for dinner, including a few drinks and dessert.
And for lunch/snacks forego the restaurants/cafes and head for the nearest frite (fry) stand or shop, and/or a waffle stand, and enjoy people watching on the Gran Place. Very inexpensive (and it will leave you a little extra cash to spend on a really good dinner (which is my preference for my food allowance while traveling).
I also made a stop in Brugge, but would need to consult my notes as to where I ate, and what impression it made on me (I was only there for a day and a night so it is not as etched in memory)