Type of Place: Restaurant
Location: Markt 68; 6211 CL Maastricht. Right on Markt Square
Maastricht is home to many great restaurants, including 8 Michelin stars worth that I’ll probably never be able to afford to review. Still, it is notorious for the high cost to eat out both for lunch & dinner, especially if you want to in the center of town. And why wouldn’t you what to?
Enter Malle Babbe, a restaurant/pub on the Markt Square with an excellent dinner deal on Monday & Tuesdays. After 5 pm on those days, they offer a spareribs special and a chicken sate special, each for a mere 7,50. Add a beer or two, they are a Heineken bar, and you can get out of there with a full belly for around 12 euros per person. When we ate there, I had the spare ribs, which were served as a large rack with a salad and lots of thick fries on the side. They were very tasty and really more food than I could handle. Dan ordered the chicken sate, which came with a salad and puffy rice chips. He didn’t find it to his taste, but I thought it was alright. The chicken was a bit bland for us.
The rest of Malle Babbe’s menus looks tasty and is priced comparable to other Maastricht restaurants, around 13-18 euros per plate with some exceptions. The food is primarily Dutch. The bar had a larger than usual selection of beers, and the interior design of dark wood and large paints, gives the place a comfortable and fun feel. According to the website, some of the painting are also for sale. While you won’t find yourself eating on the more trendy Vrijhof, the Markt square is also an open space and prime for people watching. Eet smakelijk!