Like many cities and towns across the Netherlands, Utrecht is criss-crossed with rivers and canals. As you wander through the central streets you’ll find yourself regularly alongside water, so it’s no surprise to discover one of the main streets in the city is named ‘Drieharingstraat’ or ‘three herring’ street, possibly inspired by the historic fishing industry which thrived in the area. It could equally relate to the many restaurants which now run up and down this street, which offer a variety of traditional and modern dishes.
We stepped into the welcoming space of Firma Pickles Utrecht on the Drieharingstraat, just a short step from the shopping streets of the city, but in its own little oasis of calm on our weekend in Utrecht. We received such a warm welcome and the children loved being able to look through a box of toys and games as we surveyed the extensive menu which boasts a huge delicious selection of burgers in all varieties.
You cannot book at Firma Pickles Utrecht, so simply turn up and grab a table either inside or out, and if it’s busy you can pull up a chair at the bar.
Firma Pickles Utrecht has a delightfully chilled and laid back attitude where the food leads the way and with some large sharing plank to start it creates a chatty and friendly dining experience.
Their planks which are effectively the starter plates and “lekker bij de wijn” or ‘delicious with wine’ are perfect for kids to share too. The generous ‘Mixed Veggie Assortment’ plank comes with cheeses, seasonal veg, pickles, olives and breads.
There’s a real treat with the sides too with the french fries sprinkled with rosemary as standard and they were so popular with all the family.
The gastro style burgers at Firma Pickles Utrecht are the key offering with a huge variety of options including standard and premium burgers. There’s a lot of choice for meat eaters including beef, chicken, pork and veal. For veggies there’s a brilliant sweet potato burger in the shape of their Kumeraburger (one of their two veggie options) which comes with an onion chutney, pumpkin and garam masala.
There’s also options for fish eaters, children’s meals (if they’re meat eaters) classic dutch croquettes and a sliders burgers version – meaning that there’s really something for all tastes and preferences.
There’s a small selection of desserts to round off the meal including cheesecakes and an oreo and whisky cake for the grown ups, but the main courses are so generous you may find that you’re pleasantly full before you get there.
Firma Pickles Utrecht is a great family choice and with four branches and a food truck opening since 2013 their offering is clearly finding an appreciative audience.
You can find out more about Firma Pickles Utrecht at their website.
We were guests of Firma Pickles Utrecht for the purpose of this review but our views are our own.