bistro karel 5

Casual classic enjoyment from our monastery kitchen

Imagine being Mary of Hungary or Charles V on the spacious terrace in the apple and pear orchard of Bistro Karel 5 or inside our cozy bistro in the heart of Utrecht.You can have lunch and dinner around the open kitchen and drinks in the Bar & Lounge.

In the monastery kitchen chef Mat Zwetsloot prepares daily classic dishes from seasonal products, often from the region. Classic, but always with a contemporary and creative twist. Look at our menu for the latest creations from our chef. For a cappuccino with pie or a nice glass of wine, our brasserie is also the place to be. And our bites menu includes more than just croquettes!

The team

Chef Mat Zwetsloot and Bistro Manager Jet Aalders, serve their favorite dishes from the open kitchen. Mat and his team are inspired by the seasons and prefer to cook with traditional and organic products from the region with a touch of contemporary experience. All products are carefully checked to ensure the quality. Jet and her team stand for an informal and welcoming setting, where the attention is always focused on you.

The ambiance

Bistro Karel 5: popular among locals, business people and tourists
Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht is popular for good reason. Everyone feels at home because of the informal ‘casual classic’ atmosphere. On top of that, our quality cuisine has an excellent price-quality ratio. And then the international wine list! Of course we match it carefully with our daily menus and à la carte dishes. These fine wines can be ordered by the glass.

afternoon tea

Try our afternoon tea. A subtle variation on high tea. Afternoon tea became popular in the nineteenth century to close the gap between lunch and dinner. At Karel 5 it is served around two o’clock in the afternoon. 

menu

Classic with a creative twist

Bistro Karel 5 is the place to spend every moment of the day. Also discover our Afternoon Tea or try our homemade cocktails, in our Bar & Lounge or enjoy on the terrace.

A LA CARTE MENU
3 courses 39 | 3 glasses 21
4 courses 45 | 4 glasses 26

STARTERS

Heek
Spitskool, wilde waterkers, miso, herfstraap
13

Scharrelhoen
Kastanje, tutti frutti, pastinaak, radicchio
13

Pompoen
Amandel, basilicum, rode biet, nootmuskaat
13

MAIN COURSE

Schelvis
Little gem, knolselderij, citroen, kalamata, beurre blanc d’ail
22

Kalfs-ribeye
Ratte aardappel, Oudwijker Fiore, oerpeen, salie, sjalot
22

Paella
Saffraan, witlof, frittata, venkel, piment d’ Espelette
22

CLASSICS

Steak tartaar
Dubbeldoel koe, Gouda gris, knolselderij, kropsla, ketchup
16/24

Tortellini
Overjarige geitenkaas, ravigotte, spinazie
12/19

Bisque
Rode curry, kokos, radijs, kingboleet, paksoi
21/29

DESSERTS

Pure chocolade
Mousse, gembercake, roomijs, tonkaboon, cacao-granola
9

Peer
Macadamia, crumble, cassia, crème fraiche
9

Ambachtelijke kazen 
Van boerderij Lindenhof
12

SMALL MENU

Caesar salade
Ei, little gem, ansjovis, spek, kip, Parmezaan
15

Soep van de dag
De bediening geeft graag een toelichting
9

Gemarineerde zalm
Op desembrood of als salade, groene kruiden, citroen, mierikswortel
14

Clubsandwich (V optioneel)
Desembrood, boerenkaas, ei, pastrami, friet, mayonaise
15

Hamburger (V optioneel)
Brioche bol, koolsla, augurk, spek, friet, mayonaise
17

Steak van de grill
Dubbeldoel koe, saus foyot, seizoensgroenten, friet, mayonaise
27

Chef ’s dessert
9

anything is possible

Karel 5 is the culinary label of Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht. We introduced this label for our restaurants in 2016 after completing several renovations. With this we focus on the very extensive culinary possibilities for business and private purposes. From local to international.

Take a seat in the exclusive room and join us on a culinary adventure.

From coffee break to drinks with finger food, appetizers and drinks.