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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.
ShabuShabu Sushi Restaurant: Eat All You Can
It is a new Japanese restaurant in the city, at West Blaak. My Romanian friend and I who are crazy about Sushi went to have a dinner after work on Friday evening. The weekend price per person is EUR22.50, varies according to the time and day.
For the first timers, there was an introduction by a waitress on our table. With the fix price, we can order till 8 round in 2 hours time. Maximum 5 orders per person per round. All from the cold sushi menu, till the grill, baked, cooked or fried.
Drinks are not included in the price.
Big eyes, good. But we gave up to go for the fourth round. Almost couldn't finish the food on 3rd round (took 3 orders per person), otherwise we would have to pay for the unfinished food.
We ended up paying EUR35 per person including drinks and tips.
Tips for you: Don't drink too much, and don't waste time talking if you want to reach the 8th round for little money.
Favorite Dish: We tried most from the cold menu, tried some from the grill and they are all lovely.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Fruit juice stand: Fresh juices
Shopping makes thirsty, so this fresh fruit juices stand at the South Side of the Lijnbaan is very welcome.
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