By Kim Lauren
"The 'Psst Amigo' Mexican Restaurant, Pauwstraat, Arnhem, The Netherlands is a great place you should visit if you're ever in the area and in need of a restaurant that to us offered everything. A great atmosphere, the friendliest of Staff, fast service and excellent, fresh, tasty, nicely presented authentic food.
Just before I take you there and tease the taste buds, let me tell you about Arnhem the city, as this place was the site of one of the messiest and most fierce battles in World War II history - all over a bridge.
Firmly marked into the history books is Arnhem where a 4 day fight and struggle took place between the Brits and the Germans at either end of a now famous bridge some 60 years ago; perhaps you saw the film "A Bridge Too Far"? - Well this is that bridge and the city. The bridge still stands, and is worth a nostalgic look...
So, to the Mexican 'Psst Amigo'. It's situated in the social centre of Arnhem, amongst other bars, cafes, restaurants and the odd dance club and is firmly established, I think for some 20 years or more. It's certainly not hard to find and is right around the corner from the main shopping centre.
The inside is a lot bigger than it first appears -- there's a small outside eating area, too.
Decoration is spot-on, very 'Mexican' and cosy, lots of little things dotted everywhere and colourful, too. One thing I have found on my travels and that is, no matter where I go, if the music is sometimes not in keeping with the style of restaurant that I am in, then I usually get a great meal - and this was no different!
You'll have no problem with language barriers, menus are also available in English, and food is well priced for the generous portions, quality and service. (Starters were around 6 Euro, main courses around 12-16 Euro or thereabouts).
I was there on a Saturday night, and it was busy with a great atmosphere -- and the Staff seemed happy and cheerful too! If you want a good seat, then I would advise reserving a table, but we managed to find a nice table upstairs without needing to wait.
Arnhem may not be high-up on your list of must-see places to visit, as I can understand it doesn't quite say 'Amsterdam' or 'Paris'. But, if you're travelling, maybe doing some historical sight-seeing, especially in view of it's place in the history books with WWII, then be sure to drop in and re-fuel at The 'Psst Amigo'!
I was there in September 2005, and my experience was excellent. It ticked all my boxes for good service, good fresh tasty food, reasonable prices, good portions, nice menu and a great fun night out.
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First Published: Sep 17, 2005