Family hangouts for fussy eaters
One of the reasons we don’t go out that often is that we cannot always agree on what we want to eat.
My family consists of one person who doesn’t eat meat, and another who thinks a meal without meat is not really a meal at all. Add to this (and to my utter embarrassment as I am of Indian origin), the fact that one of my children does not like spicy food, and you’re getting the picture.
There are however a few places that cater to just about every fussy family member and pretty much tick the box in terms of quality and atmosphere.
Juegdschlass – Biergerkräiz
Tucked away, on the edge of Bambesch, this is hardly a find, since just about everyone has heard of it or been there.
The location is probably one of the biggest selling points for families, near to some lovely walks in the area (and a playground for younger kids). It has a sunny terrace in summer and a conservatory in winter. There are also some very cute donkeys in the field nearby.
The menu has something for everyone, from vegetarian lasagne to a steak for the meat-loving spouse (if you hadn't guessed which family member was the carnivore).
Last Saturday, we arrived very hungry at 11.30 in the morning. The autumn specials we sampled included scallops with pan fried vegetables, Boudin Noir (or black pudding to English speakers), wild boar stew, and tagliatelle with vegetables. All the dishes arrived together, the service was very attentive, and everything tasted divine.
I’ll be honest and say I’ve had really good service here when it’s not too busy, less great when it’s packed, but I guess that is fair enough. Service aside, the food is always delicious, the menu is pages long, with plenty of seasonal specialities, and you cannot fault the location.
T.Zone Boba – Luxembourg old town
A relatively new addition to our family’s favourite hangouts, as this Taiwanese bubble tea cafe only opened a few weeks before lockdown, T.Zone is a perfect pitstop in the city.
My children love the different tea they can try with tapioca balls (or mango jelly balls which is another firm favourite). There's a great selection of teas which you drink through a straw. The kids also really enjoy the egg waffles, particularly if they are smothered in caramel sauce and choc chips.
Cosy sofas and seats plus a selection of board games (and no K-pop playing whilst we were there), make it a nice place to escape the crowds of shoppers. A few doors down there is an excellent bookshop, Librairie Alinea, with an English-language section.
La Croccante – Mamer
Okay, so I know this is a love it or hate it sort of place. Some people don’t like the idea that not that far away there is a field with cows. Personally, I have never smelt the slightest whiff of manure when dining here, and let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with Italian.
I like it because my kids are sometimes beyond hunger by six o’clock (it opens at 17.45), especially if they’ve been enjoying the delights of Mamer park. I’ve had efficient, polite service, so we can eat and still be home to catch a movie. There’s also plenty of parking nearby.
The specials are good, and whilst there are lots of veggie options in the pasta and pizza section, my husband can still enjoy a filet steak with truffles and lardons. My personal favourites are the veal steak with mustard sauce and the parmesan and mushroom risotto.
Duerfkessel – Koerich
This is my local bar, and not really the place to come for dinner, more liquid refreshment (although they have a pizza man who operates from his tuktuk on Fridays). The daytimes are very family-friendly and there is a small playpark just opposite. At night, the crowd is more adult.
When we moved to this village the bar was closed, but the new owners have done a good job of making it a great place for a beer or glass of wine.
Opposite stands Koerich castle (newly renovated and re-opened), there is plenty of Covid-friendly seating, including little wooden covered chalet-booths and a very large marquee in the wetter winter months.
Locals, cross-border workers on their way back to Belgium, and the few foreign residents that have made this village home, rub shoulders with each other in a “hail fellow well met” sort of way that brings out the best in Luxembourg’s melting pot culture.
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