When you walk into Bistrot du Bac, you directly imagine yourself in Paris. The black and white checkered floor, the tables covered with white tablecloths with Thonet chairs and framed posters on the wall. Just like you see it in France.
Where you can find a square full of hotspots today, four years ago, Bistrot du Bac decided as one of the first to establish itself there. Of course we wanted to know more about the origin and concept of du Bac, and luckily the owner Remco van Lagemaat could tell us enthusiastically about it. Together with his wife Magdalena, he wanted to open a restaurant, but they didn’t necessarily wanted to open one with a French kitchen. They both love Italian as well, but because that market was already quite saturated in Rotterdam, they went with French.
So, the cuisine is French (more about that later), but the interior is also totally inspired by the bistros which can be found in cities like Paris. Not just the black and white checkered floor, the tables with Thonet chairs and framed posters on the wall provide the French vibe, but the subway tiles and mirrors on the walls contribute to this as well. Don’t let the white linen on the table scare you off, it’s definitely a quality restaurant, but it’s not pompous.
We were immediately spoiled with a glass of bubbles (a fresh sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne) and a bottle of cold water. A good start! And that continued throughout the afternoon, as they have an extensive wine menu and there’s a fitting wine with every dish. You can enjoy a three-course menu consisting of classic French dishes at this bistro for €37.50. For a starter, you pay €13,-, a main course costs you €23,- and you can have a dessert for only €7.50. Very affordable right? And you get quite a bit in return.
Remco, who also rules the kitchen, loves good food, but he wants to be normal. There are very nice dishes on the menu, which are prepared with fresh products from France and the best suppliers of the Netherlands. And although you can find the passion for good food and the traditional method of preparation in every detail, there’s no place for too many frills. We were very curious, so we quickly choose an appetizer. We had a choice of six starters, including – of course – black pudding and coquilles, but we went for the fried duck liver with marmalade and egg cooked in langoustine bisque with mushrooms and crayfish. The card changes frequently, so there’s a big chance you can now order all kinds of other goodies.
After we finished this, it was time for the main course. Here we had a choice of five different – mouthwatering – dishes, such as fried calf’s liver and confit duck legs. Really French, but we went for the roast ribs with watercress and roasted marrow (yum!). And because there’s always room for dessert, that needed to happen next. Although the cheeses sounded very attractive, we still went for two sweet treats: hot dark chocolate pie and egg-white souffle in vanilla sauce with salted caramel. Wow!
Perhaps useful to mention: Bistrot du Bac is open from Wednesday to Sunday for dinner from 6 pm, but on the weekends you can also go there for lunch. The kitchen is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm. Be there on time, because it’s almost always busy. It might be smarter to make a reservation.
We are looking forward to the summer, when we can enjoy a delicious meal on the terrace of du Bac. Because they have a pretty big terrace at the always burstling Deliplein! So, do you feel like going on a trip to Paris or do you crave some delicious French cuisine? Then definitely consider going to this traditional French bistro and feel like a real Parisian!
Address: Sumatraweg 5
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday: 6 pm – 10 pm | Saturday + Sunday : 12 pm – 4 pm & 6 pm – 10 pm