Conveniently located between the historic center and the train station, Cafe Van Beek was a welcome respite from inclement weather. Alone among the restaurants we checked out en route, this place was filled with diners, the best recommendation. Apparently in business for at least 15 years, there is very little in the way of internet information and reviews and there is no menu or website. Decor is basic bar and grill, could have been anywhere in the world. Service was efficient if nothing else, a little slow, perhaps not so many tourists stop here.
The menu covered a broad range but was heavily beef oriented and we had some very good properly grilled steaks with good roast potatoes, accompanied by probably the best vodka we encountered in The Netherlands. Portions were large, prices reasonable. Cafe Van Beek is in no way exceptional but certainly a decent choice when in the area.
Although I just dropped in for an afternoon beer I kinda liked the location of this cafe/ice-cream place. Indoors there are only 22 seats but the terrace, in the triangular "square" of Plaats, is a pleasantly shady location, just a stone's throw from the Binnenhof.
This is a daytime only cafe with a selection of ice-creams and a short snack menu. If I remember correctly beer was reasonably cheap, service pleasant and swift and considering its central position it was surprisingly uncrowded.
With the sun shining for the first time for weeks every cafe terrace in the city was doing a roaring trade. I'd done most of my wandering for the afternoon and I'd definitely worked up a thirst. So it simply a matter of finding a suitable free space in the sun for well-deserved beer.
The terrace here at De Haagsche Kluis had one, and one only, vacant table, facing onto the main square as I passed which made my decision instantaneously simple. I was in a nibbly mood, having breakfasted at my houseboat B&B in Arnhem, caught my first New Season Hareng Broodje in Amsterdam, followed by a croquet for lunch later. With a few more beers on the agenda I reckoned a plate of Borrel Hapjes would suit and so beer and nibbles it was to be.
This is something the Dutch do exceeding well, and here at De Haagsche Kluis was no exception. A substantial platter of deep-fried bitterballen, croquets and something Oriental came with nibbles of cheese, olives and salted roasted nuts which for something like 6 euros was excellent value. A couple of accompanying beers added another 8 and the prime front table was a priceless bonus.
Just as a matter of interest the name means "The Haag's Safe" which refers to a strongroom installed in the basement when the house was built by a local merchant in 1905. The safe is part of the kitchen's stores these days and has its original door. It can be visited on the annual "Open Monument Day".
Located on the famous Scheveningen boulevard right next to the beach and opposite the Pier, Toff is the place to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner with good as size portions. Opened 7 days a week all year round and offering a very relaxed and cool atmosphere/interior, nice, but not very long menu with a focus on Asian food and a view at the wide beach, the beautiful sea and the famous Pier of Scheveningen. On weekends there are DJs and live music, so you can also dance. The venue has some tables for smokers right next to the door. The staff is kind and the food was prepared quickly, prices are average - for a light dinner for 3 people with some beers (they have several on tap) and two glasses of white wine we paid 80 EUR.
Favorite Dish: Rendang (tender stewed beef with Indonesian spices & pickles, served with rice) and their Fetakaas Salade Vegetarisch (mixed salad with black olives, sweet peppers, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese & croutons)
Wooden floor, great bar, cosy corners, great pub food and a terrace.
The above are enough reason to have a stopover at De Eeuwige Jachtvelden.
Dinner reservations recommended.
Mo-Th: 10AM - 1AM
Fr-Sa: 10AM - 1,30AM
Su: 10AM - 1AM
Latest Notice: (formerly this restaurant was Restaurant Long Ting,)
This Long Tin restaurant has been renovated and now officially opened for business and called Restaurant Golden Ship.
The interior has been re-newed, it looked so fresh, bright and brand new. Service was good, food also tasted good.
They have renovated and renew the interior of the previous restaurant.
Now it is more brighter and spacious with its new furniture and fitting.
Opening time:12.00 noon
Latest update: Promotional dim sum for lunch starting from 12.00noon to 17.00 at the price for euro3.00 per dish. (Mon to Fri)
On top of this they also give 5.6% discount on the total bill at the moment.
Favorite Dish: Any dishes with fresh prawns and squid (ink vis), and their dim sum.
They have a few different dim sum (sweet type) on their menu.
The dim sum are fresh and delicious.
Interior is new, with glass walls overlook the second harbour of Scheveningen.
You can choose to sit upstair to admire the seaview better and get some sun shine when the weather is good and Sunny.
Service was prompt.
Favorite Dish: Lovely fish and chips, and their beef burger was good too if you don't fancy seafood.
This restaurant was previously occupied by Dim Daily which was closed since last year.
The interior deco has been changed a bit to match the Thai style.
Waitress is friendly and fast.
The main course, Kaeng Kari Kai (chicken curry) and Pad Thai Kai (fried noodles) were so-so only.
A bit disappointed as we thought it says 'Eat in or take out, come and Judge" slogan didn't serve the purpose.
Favorite Dish: The starter which we order, chicken satay was good and tasty.
The price for our lunch for 2 persons is a bit pricey.
I don't think Hollandse Nieuwe Haring is actually the name of this particular stall: it's just what it sells (along with other fishy snacks).
But it was very busy indeed with local people (I visited around lunchtime) which is always a very good sign.
I'd already decided to try a maatje herring and onion roll on this visit to the Netherlands, and here was my chance: I was hungry and the stall was right in front of me. They sold lots and lots of fishy snacks, hot and cold, but it was the herring-and-onion roll I wanted (2.50 euro on the day).
I cannot describe quite how glorious the herring was. The bread roll was soft, the onion (chopped finely) was mild and the herring literally melted in my mouth. A wonderful combination of tastes and textures which has left me with a craving for more.
Maatje herring is very young herring, served raw but ripened' in brine for a few days. That makes it both incredibly soft and incredibly mild in flavour...and not salty at all. The Dutch invented (or, more likely, 'developed') the process in Medieval times. Nowadays, EU regulations require that the fish is also frozen at -20C for at least 24 hours, in order to kill off potential parasites, so what was originally an early-summer-only treat can be enjoyed all year round.
If you like fish..and especially if you like sushi..I do heartily recommend that you try maatje herring, preferably in a roll and with chopped onion (you'll find stalls in Dutch towns other than Den Haag, of course). It is simply wonderful!
Den Haag's public libarary stands on the corner of Spui and Kalvermarkt. It's a modern building which holds not only the library but also a Tourist Information office, very clean toilets (on the top floor) and a rather nice cafe.
The jolly ladies who served me with my coffee spoke good English. The cafe is clearly a popular spot to sit and work (or surf) on your laptop and offers a range of drinks, cakes and snacks.
The library is a pleasant place for a break and a drink or snack on your way to or from Den Hag's central station.
This is a trendy outlet situated right at the Scheveningen beach in Den Haag, not far away from the famous Steigenberger hotel. It's a seasonal outlet though it was working in the beginning of April (even the summer garden was opened and working) and offers several types of Belgian beers (4 of them on tap) plus not a very long food menu, but with big portions, the food is tasty and prices average for Den Haag. The interior, the location of the venue and the great choices of Belgian beers are what is making this place really special for me. The service was also very good, the only disadvantage was that despite of the heating even within the outlet it was relatively cold when we visited it in the beginning of April.
Favorite Dish: The great choice of Belgian beers, four of them on tap, several main dishes with fish!
I was more than pleasantly surprised when my friends brought me to this old house without any signs that it's actually inside such a fancy restaurant. The venue called Diner Thuis (translates as Diner at Home) is situated in old building from 1904 year with several floors and offers two big dining rooms. With its original ceilings and parquet floors and unique interior from the beginning of 20th century (there are even two original paintings from 1648 year in one of the rooms) Diner Thuis really gives you the idea of going back in time. You are met by the very kind restaurant manager upon arrival -he is offering a drink and showing you around before bringing you to the dining room where he serves the food and explains you in details information about each dish served. The interior, the quality of food and service (as well as the speed of service done by the same manager) is really excellent and is deserving the higher than average prices for Den Haag till the last cent. There is no parking space on the street in front of the restaurant, this is the only negative thing that I could come with when thinking about this excellent venue!
Favorite Dish: Everything what I have tried was fantastic - the salad with wild mushrooms, the portion of 3 small soups, the main dishes - beef and vegetarian, the super tasty desserts.
Ambience is a bit dated, but alright.
This restaurant do offer special menu as well with a discounted price.
Their pan main course, was so-so only.
Favorite Dish: We love their starters, grilled tiger prawns. Very tasty and not over cooked.
My main course which is a Farmer mixed grill was tasty.
Portion of the main courses were generous too.
Ambience is average, a bit out dated.
Service is alright and the welcoming is warm.
You can also call for take-away and to some area, they do deliveries too.
Favorite Dish: So far we have tried their Tandoori Chicken and mix kebab, which were so delicious and tasty.
If you like pratha, do give the 'aloo pratha' a try. (It is a potatoes pratha).
Chicken Briyani was ok.
Their spicy Chicken Vindaloo is really hot and spicy (so beware), certainly not like those average Indian restaurants stated hot and spicy in their menu, but it is not so in reality.
We also love their Mango Lassi (mango yoghurt) drink, as well as their Masala tea (indian tea).
I had an amazing dinner special of bone-in baked ham in a honey-mustard sauce, rosemary potatoes, and sauted green beans. Best dinner in Den Haag. Located in a former weigh house. Great service and atmosphere.