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On Maastricht's main square, the Vrijthof, there's a row of terraced cafes looking over the square to the western city's two main churches, St Jan's and St Servaas.

Although the cafes are all sort of a oneness to the casual eye each has its own specialities and at Eetcafe Rekko its much-trumpeted recommendation during my visit was the new season white asparagus.

That made for an easy decision as to where to eat and the next door cafe with its frenzy of football fans (the Dutch having won their World Cup quarter-final match that afternoon) added a celebratory atmosphere to what is already a characterful cafe.

Service was casually efficient, the rest of the menu (which is available in several languages) read well and partitioning out the football frenzy the clutch of customers seemed a mix of locals and fellow tourists.

Favorite Dish: The specials page of the menu offered the asparagus done several different ways. I'd refused the offer of the English version and so perhaps didn't quite get the nuances of the cleverer stuff on offer. But then I'm a simple soul at heart and and had already decided that I just wanted it done "traditionally".

HA! To me (bearing in mind that I'm a professional cook) "traditional" means asparagus finished with a buttery, eggy "Hollandaise" sauce. Here it was done as a deconstructed version. The white spears came well-buttered, the egg being grated hard-boiled, copiously garnishing the dish. A couple of slices of local ham gave the plate an unexpected meatiness, a peppery rocket salad added some greenery and the waxy new potatoes tastily provided the starch.

This was good and the 14.50 Euro price tag more than reasonable. Washed down with a couple of Leffe Blondes (well maybe it was three) the excellent service, made rounding up the final bill to 25 totally painless.

Digressing slightly - I really enjoyed this meal but I do still prefer our own home-grown English asparagus as IMO our green asparagus has much more intensity of flavour but I might just do a variation of the deconstructed version next May when our season (asparagus that is not football) kicks off.

Address: Vrijthof 10
Comparison: about average
Directions: On the main square, roughly in the middle of the row of terraces.
Phone: 043 321 99 56
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 4
Theme: Local
Website: http://www.rekko.nl

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 28, 2010
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