The cuisine of the Netherlands has been closely linked to that of Northern France throughout history and many fine dining restaurants in the country serve French food. Many of these include meat, cheese, nuts, fruits and wine. Farming and fishing shaped traditional Dutch food and are largely based on dairy products, especially cheese, which are known and exported throughout the world.
Some of the most famous cheeses from the Netherlands include Leyden, Edam, and Gouda. Dried sausages with a strong flavor also feature prominently in Dutch food and many villages in the country produce their own type of sausage. A traditional and typical meal in Netherlands served for breakfast or lunch includes different kinds of cheeses, a plate of cold cuts, and sweet toppings. A traditional Dutch dinner may include beans, potatoes, meat, and vegetables. A dish called stamppot, which is mashed potatoes mixed with other mashed vegetables is also often included.
Two of the most revered restaurants in the Netherlands that serve fine French cuisine include the Manoir Interscaldes and Kasteel Wittem. In the Dutch culinary world, the Manoir Interscaldes of Martje and Kess Boudeling is such a monument in gastronomy. The sea everywhere surrounds their generous Zélande. Martje selects the best of seafood and combines it with the first-choice land products to serve only the best, imaginative and refined cuisine.
Towards Maastricht, is another renowned gastronomic paradise, Kasteel Witten. The castle Witten dating back to the 12th century, is surrounded by a three-hectare park, full of secular trees and picturesque domes, all bordered by the rapid flow of the Geul. The young chef Ralph Berendsen went strengthened his learning under the most renowned German cooking chefs, all of it before making proposals to the castle of an inventive type of food, where the sea takes the first and foremost important place.