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Food and Drink

Luxembourg - Food and Drink

You will never have a problem tracking down a good eatery in Luxembourg. Restaurants and pubs offer a surprising range of options. Some chefs create lighter or modern takes on traditional dishes, whilst expats can recreate their home dishes from France, Germany, Italy and Portugal.

Portion sizes in eateries tend to be large, so while food in Luxembourg isn’t cheap, you will end the meal feeling full of good food. Most dishes rely on meat or fish, but vegetarian options are usually available. Dedicated vegan restaurants also exist, especially in Luxembourg City, and business savvy restaurant owners are quickly waking up to the benefits of offering vegan options on their menus.

For a traditional starter, try bouneschlupp. This thick, green bean soup typically includes a mixture of additional ingredients such as onions, leeks, celery, carrots, potatoes, smoked bacon, sausage and cream.

The collar of pork that forms the basis of judd mat gaardebounden is soaked in water and then cooked for several hours. The tender meat is dropped onto a generous portion of broad beans, and potatoes are added to complete the meal.

Träipen is a traditional black pudding or blood sausage, fried and served hot. The tripe dish kuddelfleck can be served breaded, or with a spicy tomato sauce. Smoked bacon and buckwheat flour are the primary ingredients for stäerzelen. Some recipe variations include cream for a richer dish.

Home-smoked ham was a traditional food produced in the Moselle region, and ham continues to be popular today. Ardennes ham, served with bread to create a dish known as hameschmier, for example, can be found on menus right across the country. The marinated and smoked éisleker ham, developed in the north of the country, tastes delicious on a plate of salad and potatoes.

If you are wandering around the market stalls in Luxembourg, you are likely to come across a stall selling gromperekichelcher. Onion and parsley are added to potato fritters, fried up and served crispy with a dollop of tomato ketchup or apple sauce.

To make a traditional stew called huesenziwwi, you marinate hare for up to three days, then fry it in lard and flambé it with cognac. Red wine and more cognac is added to the accompanying sauce for a rich, deep flavour.

Fish dishes have long played an important part of the local cuisine. The small fish caught in the Moselle river continue to be battered, fried and eaten instantly as finger food known as friture de la moselle, or served with a slice of lemon and a portion of fries. Crayfish, écrevisses à la luxembourgeoise, is another popular traditional dish in Luxembourg, as is the f'rell am rèisleck, or fried pike served in a Riesling and cream sauce.

Paschtéit are savoury pastries consisting of a baked pastry case which is then filled with a cooked mixture of chicken, mushrooms and béchamel sauce. These differ from rieslingspaschteit, which are baked pastries filled with a pate mixture and surrounded by Riesling aspic.

Thüringer sausages in Luxembourg are spicier than their German counterpart, bratwurst. They are small and usually grilled, making excellent street food which is cheap to purchase. Sausages with mashed potatoes will be found in many eateries.

There is a wide range of delicious traditional desserts to choose from in Luxembourg. Cakes, tarts, dumplings and puddings using fresh fruit are particularly popular. Quetsch, small plum tarts which utilise the September plum harvests, are a good example of traditional recipes using local ingredients. They can also be made with peaches, cherries or pear slices. Äppelklatzen consist of apples lightly cooked with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; the mixture is then wrapped by pastry and baked until golden.

For an even sweeter treat, try verwurelter, which are small doughnuts fried and then coated in sugar.

Luxembourg offers a good quality array of domestically produced alcoholic drinks. They include Bettin and Diekrich beers, as well as dry white wines from the Moselle area. Imports of wine from France and beer from Germany and Belgian are also widely sold.

It has been illegal to smoke in any indoor public space in Luxembourg since January 1st, 2014. Further restrictions were introduced in August 2017 with the aim of protecting children; it is now illegal to smoke near a playground or in a car containing a child under the age of 12. These restrictions apply to both the smoking of tobacco products and the vaping of e-cigarettes. No one under the age of 18 can buy tobacco products or e-cigarettes.

Most restaurants add a service charge of 15 percent to the bill. If you feel you have received exceptionally good service, an additional small tip of one or two Euros can be left, but it is not a problem if you just pay the service charge.

If you are invited to someone’s home in Luxembourg for a meal or other social event, arrive on time (but not early) and bring a gift for your hosts. A bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates are suitable. If the event is to celebrate someone’s birthday, a birthday gift is required. You should shake the hand of everyone there at the beginning and the end of the event; close friends will kiss cheeks on each side in the same way the French do.

Luxembourg does not have a high crime rate, but if you walk down a secluded alley or through a park after dark, even one that is very safe by day, be aware and take care. After an evening out, avoid walking home alone unless you are in a busy, brightly lit route all the way home. There are plenty of public transport and taxi services available in cities.

The alcohol limits for Luxembourg is 02.mg per litre of blood, which is the same rate for most countries across Europe. The limits in the UK and most US states are much higher than this, so be aware of the law and adjust your drinking habits accordingly if you intend to drive.

The law requires all drivers and passengers in motor vehicles to wear a seatbelt, including in a taxi. Taxi drivers will appreciate a 10 percent tip if you are happy with their service.



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