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ZIN Spijzen: Tapas and lounging
ZIN is a colourful restaurant where you can meet up for drinks, lounging, lunches and dinners. You can also do a tapas-formula.
We had a 3-course tapas meal for € 26,50 per person. I was a bit disappointed with the variety and flavours. Little cooking went into it. However, the Dutch restaurant IENS (www.iens.nl) does mention plenty of guest reviews that are 'good' or 'excellent'. So I suppose the quality differs a bit.
The service was excellent, very kind en prompt. Every table has a bamboo stick with a red painted end. If you put the red end up, on your table, staff will come and ask what you need. Effective!
The restaurant is easily located near theatre, concert hall, cinema and shops.
Favorite Dish: The four of us started on a large dish with various little bowls containing tuna salad, egg salad, chorizo sausage, feta cheese salad, small spring rolls, and very very good serrano ham. With bread, aoili and tapenade.
The main course was a similar large dish with little bowls: meat balls in tomatosauce, mushrooms in garlic, mushrooms in truffle sauce, chicken sate sticks, japanese sate, fried mini chorizos and a large salad and excellent fries.
For dessert a large plate for four containing a few miniature desserts like strawberry icecream, chocolate brownie, vanilla cream with passionfruit gelee, white chocolate mousse.
Sumo: Great Japanese
This is one of, if not THE best restaurant in Rotterdam and definately my favourite. Everything is made when you order it and the price is very good. If you are in Rotterdam, this is a must.
Favorite Dish: Tori teriyaki - grilled chicken in a teriyaki sauce. Tender chicken, marinated in their own teriyaki sauce, served hot on a bed of finely chopped lettuce.
Brasserie Staal: Lunch at the WTC
A brasserie inside the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. Modern, stylish atmosphere, packed with business people. It has a downstairs/outside terrace. Good meeting place.
Favorite Dish: Great tomato soup. Fresh, with basil and cream. Huge slices of bread. Dark, wholemeal. In my case with filet americain. Although the spread was not meagre, the bread was still almost too thick. But tasty.
Tapasbar Terra: Southside Tapas
Tapasbar Terra is part of the Luxor Theatre, which is on the Southside of the city centre, at the other end of the Erasmus Bridge.
Walking across the Erasmus Bridge to get there was worthwhile in itself, as the bridge and the way it's lit, makes it more of an attraction, than a means of getting from one side of the river to another.
When we walked in, at about 9pm the place was empty, the bar staff were draped over the bar chatting and smoking, and I was terrified that they were closed and having a post work chill, but they were still open, and we were sat down by a friendly waitress who apologised for not having an English menu,
We had already decided that we wanted a tapas selection, so we were able to order this off-menu which was great.
Beer was inexpensive here, and the food was excellent.
Favorite Dish: I don't know if this is a Dutch thing, or was a speciality of the restaurant, but we ordered garlic bread, and got a fresh baguette with tasty garlic butter,
Both the ribs and the meatballs were outstanding.
You can tell this is a place which uses quality ingredients as opposed to BING something in the microwave.
Soup Factory: Is this your cup of soup ?
On our walk in the citycentre of Rotterdam we saw this souprestaurant 'The Soup Factory'. When I red in the newspapers about these souprestaurants for the first time, being a souplover, I would like to have such a place in my own hometown.
Most soups you can take as maincourse, but also in combination with other snacks. A pity we didn't need any meal around the time of our visit, so we had only a quick look to come back another time.
Favorite Dish: The variety of soups makes difficult to make your choice. They all look great, not the ordinary stuff, but recipes from all over the world. There was a special corner for toppings to add at your own choice: parsley, croutons, garlic, sweet pepper, onion, crème fraiche.
De Beren: The Bears
This is a chain of restaurants, all with a different bear name. In Rotterdam you have Betty and Brutus Beer. The food is very good (with really big servings) and the service is very quick. The prices are reasonable to.
Favorite Dish: Mixed grill, almost to much for just one person.
Prince of Persia: Persian food
Nice atmosphere and very good foor. The only thing is that it takes very long for your food to arrive, so don't go there if you're in a rush.
Favorite Dish: Mix Traditional Priince of Persia, get's a lot of different tastes.
Coconuts: Dance, Eat and Drink
This is a place where you can eat, but at night the youth of Rotterdam goes here to drink and dance. The food is pretty good, but at night the average age goes down to about 18.
Favorite Dish: I had some pretty good spare ribs here, with one of these bowls with water and towels to wash your hands.
De smaak van Afrika: Taste of Africa
This is a small restaurant, but it's nicely decorated and the service is really good. You can get real african banana beer and eat traditional African dishes, including enjara's.
Favorite Dish: The 'De smaak van Afrika' dish has different kinds of meat, fish and veggies that you can eat with your hands, wrapped in an enjara. It's really authentic and something different.
Dudok: Great choices
Its located in one of the older buildings of Rotterdam and it has a special look. It used to be an insurance office and the rstaurant is named after the architect who designed this building.There is a lot of choice, you can just go there for a drink too or to eat some nice pastries and cakes.
Favorite Dish: I ate the Dudok sandwich which was very big and tasty. My partner had the dish of the day which was also very nice. The staff was very friendly too.
Kaldi: Best coffee in town
This is a very nice place, run by a local girl who works her butt off to keep the place going 7/7. She has a great love for coffee and tea and it shows... Best coffee in the country!
Favorite Dish: Latte Macchiato!!!!
Chinny: Try Surinamese
Surinamese food is popular in Holland as it is a former colony. It can be very spicy depending on which dish you choose. A favourite is chicken in spices served with rice.
If you don't like that there is a good sandwich bar next door.
Engels: Good rendez-vous spot near Central Station
The etablisment Engels is a good located place to make appointments with people to meet: close to the metro and Central Station.
Minus: you have to pay 0,50 Euro to use the bathroom! that is far too much, especially if you are a consumer and paid for your drink already.
Favorite Dish: I only had coffee and with 0,50 Euro for the toilet I don't think I will ever dine here!
Bazar: eastern cuisine
Turkish, Moroccan and eastern cuisine in general. Everything I tried was delicious. Authentic atmosphere and beautifully decorated. The music was also well chosen for this kind of restaurant. Every employee was very helpful except from one specific waitress (but you can get that anywhere, right?) Be sure to make reservations.
Dudok: A Rotterdam classic
One of our favorite hang-outs is Dudok. This is a combination of a café and restaurant and it's located in the center of town. This place is named after it's architect. The design of this building is one thing that makes this place special. The ceiling is very high and there's lots of light due to all the glass. This combination creates a setting with a lot of atmoshphere.
Dudod is almost always filled with people with peaks during lunch and dinner. A lot of people (incl. yours truly) come here regularly just to enjoy a drink with friends and....the Dudok Apple Pie. Really, you have to try this. Dudok has its own bakery and all their pies are homemade. The apple pie is their specialty in it is very famous among the Rotterdammers and anyone who's ever been here. You can order a piece cold or warm, with or without sweetened whipcream or you can take a complete pie home with you. But, the best combination can be found on their dessert menu: Warm Dudok Apple Pie with sweet whipcream and cinnamon ice cream. Yum!
The pictures shown here are taken from their website.
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