Dutch for Beginners: Food

The following words are used to talk about food, eating and drinking in Dutch:

Voedsel (*) Food
Eten To eat; food
Maaltijd Meal
Ontbijt (*) Breakfast
Lunch Lunch
Diner (*), avondeten (*) Dinner
   
Brood (*) Bread
Kaas Cheese
Boter Butter
Ei (*), eieren Egg, eggs
   
Mes (*) Knife
Vork Fork
Lepel Spoon
Kopje (*) Cup
Schotel Saucer
Bord (*) Plate
Glas (*) Glass
   
Thee Tea
Koffie Coffee
Melk Milk
Water (*) Water
   
Groente Vegetables
Fruit (*) Fruit
Vlees (*) Meat
Sinaasappel Orange
Appel Apple
Peer Pear
Banaan Banana
Aardappel Potato
Sla Lettuce
Salade Salad
Biefstuk Steak
Gehakt (*) Meat loaf
IJs (*) Ice cream
   
Koken To boil; to cook
Bakken To fry
Braden To roast
   
In het restaurant In the restaurant
Ober Waiter
Heeft u gereserveerd? Did you make reservations?
Eet smakelijk! Enjoy your meal!
Heeft het gesmaakt? Did you enjoy your meal?
Is alles naar wens? Is everything to your satisfaction?
Kan ik afrekenen? Bill/check please!
Accepteert u credit cards? Do you accept credit cards?
Inclusief BTW VAT ("sales tax") included
Fooi Tip, gratuity
   
Voorgerecht (*) First course
Hoofdgerecht (*) Main course
Nagerecht (*) Dessert
   
Wijn(-kaart) Wine (list)
   
Kort gebakken, "saignant" Rare
Normaal gebakken Medium rare
Goed doorbakken Well-done

NOTE: The definite article for singular nouns marked (*) is "het" (e.g., "het voedsel" = "the food"); the definite article for all other singular nouns is "de" (e.g., "de maaltijd" = "the meal").

The definite article for plural nouns is always "de".