In Den Oude Vogelstruys
Maastricht: Vrijthof 15
How could we resist eating at a place with a name like this? We know “volstruis” (ostrich) from Afrikaans and we’ve always been very fond of these flightless birds.
So, when we were in Maastricht, the first night we walked along the side of the huge square, Vrijthof, which is lined with many cafes and restaurants. All looked good, all were well patronized. But this one, on the corner of the square and a small street leading off it, jumped out at us, mainly because of the name and the golden ostrich sign.
In den Oude Vogelstruys (In the Old Ostrich) is also known as “de hoeskamer vaan Mestreech” (the living room of Maaastricht) and is one of the oldest cafes in Maastricht. Some say an eating place has been in this location since 1309, but definitely the current place with its famous gold ostrich in stone has been here since 1730. The current owner is Henri Hochstenbag.
The atmosphere is good, as is the service, and the food was fine.
Maastricht is famous for stews (stoofpötsjes), and the most talked-about of those is “Zoervleis”, a sweet and sour stew. I chose this, to see what it’s all about, and it was served “met appelmoos” (with apple sauce). Rod chose the beef bourguignon, and both came with fries and a green salad. My stew was different to any I’ve had, as it was more like meat stewed in a chutney. Kinda interesting, but a little overcooked for my liking.
We sat here another early evening and just lingered with a beer and a glass of wine—very pleasant.
http://www.vogelstruys.nl/home (in Dutch, but can be translated). Note that they are already advertising the 2016 Andre Rieu events.