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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
de smaack van africa: great surroundings
We had a lovely authentic meal at a very reasonable price. My partner had the traditional bread and fish dish which came with instructions on how to eat. It was just good fun! I loved the paintings on the walls!
Favorite Dish: fish and banana
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!!!!
La Borsa: Great pasta and always something going on
It's located right on the Coolsingel, the city's artery. It's almost always crowded and has a nioce bustling atmosphere. Not, haute cuisine, but it has yet to disappoint me.
Favorite Dish: Tris di Pasta - three different kinds of pasta. It's always different.
Also, try the Vitello Tonnato as a starter
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Gauchos 709: Dont miss out a good steak Meal
The Staff in this resturant. is very pleasant and helpful. even there can speak english very well. . even if you cant speak dutch! the Beers is cheap as well . also. there cook your steak how you wanted it either medium rare or well done
Favorite Dish: I had a three course meal and it was a set meal for 17 euros and 50 cents . which was great i had a soup then followed then a steak with fries and salad but you help your self to the salad cart !once then the dessert was ice cream with pancake!
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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!
Restaurant La Ruche: At De Bijenkorf
Restaurant La Ruche is part of the high class Bijenkorf department store.
The restaurant at the upper floor is very modern and open with high class food presented in a buffet, so you can quickly have your meal and drinks.
Mo: 11AM - 6.30PM
Tu-Th: 10AM - 6.30PM
Fr: 10AM - 9PM
Sa: 9.30Am - 6PM
Su: Noon - 6PM
J.J. Bootsma Volendammer Vishandel: Raw Herring
J.J. Bootsma Volendammer Vishandel is a booth shop at the Coolsingel street.
Raw herring is a Dutch treat you should try once in your life.
But if you do not fancy this Dutch Sushi, try some of the other seafood that is sold over the counter.
Favorite Dish: Raw herring.
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Saint-Tropez: A French touch opposite City Hall
Saint Tropez is a bar-restaurant with terrace at the walkway of the ever busy Coolsingel.
The location opposite the City Hall makes this place unique.
Midnight Live DJ's from Thursday through Sunday nights.
Terrace BBQ from 4PM to 6PM.
Mo-We: 11AM - 1AM
Th: 11AM - 2AM
Fr-Sa: 11AM - 5AM
Su: 11AM -2AM
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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.
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