Proudly emblazoned on the menus of Café Luxembourg is the outlandish claim that they serve the best bitterballen in town.
A bitterballen is usually translated as ‘meat ragu’, but really it’s a dull grey paste of non-descript meaty origin encased in a batter of breadcrumbs, deep-fried. Sounds awful, but with a beer and some mustard, they are a great health snack.
Café Luxembourg attempts to glam-up this very unglamorous snack which rather retracts from the point and charm of a bitterballen. Unquestionably tastier, but so is cake, but you wouldn’t eat that with a pint, right?