PuiCk Breda is a cute place for coffee or lunch. Today I share my experiences including many photos of the food and interior.
It’s time to introduce another café in Breda! While I’ve already explored and reviewed quite a few restaurant in my favourite city, there are always more to try 😉 Today I show you one that doesn’t only serve delicious and interesting foods (dried insect-topping, anyone?) but sells many cool food items and plants as well.
This post is in no way compensated by PuiCk Breda or anyone else. All opinions are my own.
The previous coffee-place reviews I placed on this site (KoffieTenTje or Barista Cafe) were ‘investigated’ (;)) together with my good friend Natasha. We’ve been friends for more than 4 years now – ever since she moved from Indonesia to Breda to study at the same education! Even though we don’t see each other often, I can always count on good coffee & good conversations when we’re together.
However, the lucky lady found a job/place to live in Amsterdam! I’m super happy for her, but sad for myself. I guess I’ll have to come to Amsterdam so we can test some cafés there, eh?
Out for lunch at PuiCk Breda
Luckily I have someone else in my life that I really enjoy testing restaurants with: the boyfriend. His parents are real food-lovers too, so when they decided to come to Breda for lunch we knew we could go crazy with the options! No simple sandwiches and soups this time: we were going for more exciting and somewhat experimental food.
When you walk into PuiCk Breda, you have no idea where to look first. There’s small tables and chairs on the left, a cosy couch on the right and, the best part, actual swings to sit on by the window. Hello! How cool is that? You can sip your coffee while sitting on a swing and staring at the people walking down the street. Yes, please.
All the way in the back there’s the bar, with lunch menus hanging on the wall behind it. Also, there’s a big banner that reads: ‘Insecten Topping €2,50’ which translates as ‘Dried insect topping €2,50’. Anyone? The owner said around 60% of the guests try this topping, but I’m not sure I believe this 😉
Anyway, that’s not all. There’s plants hanging from the ceiling and racks filled with quirky food items for sale. Think canned sardines, DIY liquor bottles, different types of oils and vinegars, drinks and much much more.
There’s another wall filled with different types of cactus plants: I don’t know how, but they all have pretty coloured flowers! My cacti never do that 🙁
Parade PuiCk Breda
While they have a delicious lunch menu (definitely my first choice: an open sandwich with medium cooked steak, avocado, spinach, soft boiled egg and homemade Caesar dressing…) we decided to go full adventure mode and order the surprise menu called “Parade PuiCk”.
The beverages we had before the lunch were good: a cappuccino for the boyfriend and me with nice, firm foam and high quality espresso. The fresh ginger tea smelled really strong and good, but the espresso with a shot of whiskey was a bit too much for me. Seems like a good way to start your day, though!
First course: sweet ‘n sour coconut soup, with a hint of spiciness. We had the non vegetarian version, which included chicken, mushrooms, tomato, bean sprouts and coriander (cilantro). The soup itself was really nice: full of flavours and really creamy. However, I’m not a big fan of coriander so I had to eat around the leaves. Without coriander it was a big hit for me!
The soups were served with non-traditional spring rolls: rice paper with two different fillings. A sushi version with surimi, avocado, cucumber and sweet ‘n sour ginger. And a ‘crunchy’ roll, which included spinach, bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, crunchy fried onion and sweet ‘n sour ginger. Both were filled with thin rice noodles. Very delicious: I think most people would like these! The ginger was a surprising but nice touch.
The second round was surprisingly different, as we started with bruschettas with grilled eggplant and (tomato?) hummus. I was pleasantly delighted! Loved the combination of the crunchy bread with the creamy eggplant and hummus, definitely a winner.
And then my favourite dish: papadums filled with spinach, chicken, avocado, bacon, cheese and Caesar dressing. Mmmmm! I had never had one before, but it was definitely a good idea and delicious. Like a modern-day Caesar salad! Crunchy papadums, creamy avocado… Yes, I’d definitely order this one again.
What I also liked were the other beverage options. We tried a Lemon shandy, which was a real light beer almost like lemonade, and a Wild English Elderflower drink which I really loved. It’s fun to get to choose something else than the regular soda options!
No need to say it, I think… If you’re in the neighbourhood of Breda, PuiCk is an original & good place to get some lunch or a cup of coffee! I’ll have to go back there one day to try some of their pies 😉
Below are some more pictures for a little impression. Hope you enjoyed this review, and don’t forget to check out the other restaurants in Breda!