Au Mouton Blanc (at the White Sheep)
Kersenmarkt 10, Maastricht
Any visitor to Maastricht will soon discover that there are many places to eat and that they are generally all good. So, deciding where to go can become a bit tricky. This was our first visit to the city, so it was a case of trial and error, but mostly we were really happy with our choices. Nowhere was bad, but some cafes were definitely better than others.
This was one of the pretty good ones.
Grand-Café au Mouton Blanc is on the corner of two narrow shopping streets in Old Maastricht and we walked past here the very first day on our way to the hotel.
The name is rather beguiling, as is the sign with the white sheep, as are the red geraniums in window boxes outside. We tried to eat here a couple of times, but it was always busy—even inside on a warm summer day—so we knew it must be a popular place.
But, one evening we managed to snag an outside table. It was a good evening to have an outside table as it was a Thursday (late shopping day, shops open until 9 pm), and we could watch the various shoppers passing by with an assortment of large and small bags, people with kids, people on bikes, people with dogs. It was a lot of fun.
The food was very good and our waitress was really sweet—was very helpful and wanted to be sure we got exactly what we wanted. I had a Salade Val-Dieu, Rod an entrecote with pommes frites and vegetables, and we shared a bottle of sauvignon blanc wine. My salad was wonderful and I think it will get on our list of memorable salads. Val-Dieu is a soft cheese, somewhat similar to Camembert or Brie.
Prices are reasonable too.