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Shabu Shabu: All-ypu-can-eat Japanese food!
Shabu Shabu is one of the hotspots of Rotterdam! They serve fresh traditional Japanese food and sushi. You pay a fixed amount and can order a number of small dishes from the menu. When you finshed you dishes you can order again and again, but you need to be finsihed within two hours. The food is delicious and the restaurant is very popular. You need to make a reservation if you would like to for dinner because the restaurant is always fully booked. With lunch there are usually free tables available.
Favorite Dish: They serve a great salmon and mushrooms!
Pssst Amigo!: Mexican food
This restaurant is on the second floor. The decoration is really nice in the theme and the serviceis really good. You usually don't need a reservation.
Favorite Dish: The Horco del Bandido is a mixed grill that's very special. I loved it!
Basso Pasta Enzo: Good Italian Food - Fairly Poor Service
Dinner was at Basso Pasta Enzo, a Italian restaurant in a small building on the Coolsingel road.
First impressions were not great, the restaurant looked nice but after asking for an English menu I was handed a Dutch one. Asked another waiter for an English menu. He picked one up, walked straight past and left it on an empty table.
Eventually, got to place the order.
Favorite Dish: Started with ‘Taste of Italy’ (7.50 Euro). This could not be faulted at all!
A large plated filled with salad, ham, mozzarella balls, gorgonzola, parmesan chunks, olives and sun dried tomatoes.
Main course was equally delicious; papardelle pasta with minced veal balls in a truffle sauce (15 Euro) coupled with a carafe of red wine (10.50 Euro).
This could have been a fantastic meal if it wasn’t for the poor service.
By the time the main course had arrived it wasn’t exactly warm and once I was three quarters of the way through it was cold and if there is one thing that doesn’t work its re-heated pasta.
Finished with an espresso. Not a difficult order, infact the order was taken just after the plates were cleared but fifteen minutes later it hadn’t arrived, the waiter had forgotten the order.
This seemed to sum up the restaurant scene as a whole in Rotterdam (at least from my experience) food is good or excellent but service is terrible with very forgetful (but friendly) staff.
If they pull their socks up they would have several good restaurants rather than several fair ones.
Get Back: Get Back? - I wouldn't go back!
Get Back is close to being a decent restaurant but let down by the service.
The 70's/80's disco themed bar/restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. I sat outside under a heater.
Despite the name and obvious theme there was little in the way of music despite getting there for around 8 o'clock on a Friday night.
Eventually after a fairly long wait, my order was taken.
The food was nice enough (their menu is available online), however, they forgot to bring the main course!
Once they had finally realised their mistake, they put together a more expensive main course but still only charged for the original order.
There was another disappointment, they wanted to charge 50c to use the toilets.
A rather angry looking lady demanded I pay up. I'm sorry but when you are paying around 40 Euros for a meal you expect the toilets to be free of charge. I just said that I'd left my money at the table and left quickly without paying.
Favorite Dish: I started with Carpaccio a particular favourite of mine and this was a good example, served with balsamic vinegar, pine nuts and parmesan.
The main course of steak and potatoes were also good.
Didn't bother ordering desert, I didn't fancy another huge delay!
Nice food but there are better places in the town to eat. Rotterdam seems to be quite an expensive place so with that in mind the costs are quite reasonable (about 5 Euro for starter, mains from 10 Euro)
The staff were mostly cheerful and friendly but the standard of service really needs to improve.
Los Toros: The Best Steak in Town
The best steak in town...well, so they say!
I have to say, it was a very nice meal costing about 20 Euros per person.
Great food and nice settings.
I sat upstairs on a seat made of cow hide, next to a window. The picture on the wall opposite was created using hide also.
There are large tables for groups in the centre of the room and several smaller tables for couples around the side.
It is a fairly large restaurant with seating over two floors.
Their website does contain a menu but only in Dutch.
Favorite Dish: Started with two chorizo sausages. These are like old fashioned beef sausages not the usual thing associated with the name chorizo.
Next was a 300g rare steak (slightly more like medium to me but nice all the same) and side dish of grilled vegetables.
All washed down with some red wine.
Bram Ladage: Voted among the best french fries in NL
French Fries are originally from Belgium and so, they also became popular in the Netherlands. Confused? No problem, the most important thing is that the dutch love fries. Many dishes you get in restaurants come with them, more than you are used to in other countries. They have earned their place in the rich dutch fast food culture. And the temple of this culture is Bram Ladage. This chain is renowned for very good french fries in the Rotterdam area. The variety of sauces is not really high, but beside fries, also other fast food snacks (burgers, frikandel etc.) are offered.
Favorite Dish: I had their fries with pindasaus. Nothing to die for, but indeed good fries!
Shabu shabu: Sushi, eat all you can
Eat all you can for € 16 at lunch or € 19,50 at dinner. But beware: you have to pay for what you have ordered but did not eat.
You order a max. of 8 different dishes per person in one go, but you can go on doing that until you have had enough.
At lunch I made it to 10 dishes.
Favorite Dish: The sushi were nice and so was the seaweed salad. I was less charmed by the tempura. Too greasy and the vegetable sushi was unexpectedly heavy. Ask for the pickled ginger because it isn't served automatically.
City center: Straight from the stone oven
A small local place - where every dish comes from the stone oven. The ambience is classy and but relaxed. You can observe how the owner prepares everything straight from the stone oven
Favorite Dish: The many changes daily - you eat what they serve. You can choose between 4 or 6 dishes
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.
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