Rotterdam a great city
by Jctravel1983 on December 15, 2010
Recently I went with a small group dinner at the Japanese Restaurant Shabu Shabu in Rotterdam. According to those who advised this restaurant, it was a good restaurant with good value for money and it was easily accessible to the whole group. Shabu Shabu uses a as much you can eat formula.Location and accessibilityShabu Shabu is located in the center of Rotterdam, on the Westblaak 82. It is not far from the famous Beurs Traverse. The restaurant is easily accessible by public transport and by car. Nearby there are parking lots, which are all paid parking are. The full address: Westblaak 82, 3012 KM RotterdamRestaurantThe restaurant is located on a busy road and sits on the ground floor of large building. The exterior is not spectacular but of course the inside is the most important part. The restaurant is fairly large, but it is divided into two parts. It has a classic look with dark wood furniture with a sleek shape and light walls. There are both 2 and 4-person tables and come up with more people than just the tables pushed together. The seats are comfortable and sit on benches along the walls which are also fine.ReceptionWhen you enter you will be greeted by a staff member. You must indicate if you have booked or not. If so, you will be guided to your seat, if not, you may be one of the couches can take place at a table waiting. You can hang your coat in the cloakroom. There was only one host to bring people to the places, making it quite long. MenuShabu Shabu has a as much you can eat formula and the ability to order a la carte. We have provided the first choice, but it does have a few rules. There are five delivery rounds per person per round 5 things you may choose (at lunch 8). All orders to give you a list that you get your order but not individually for each table. You might not be able to order again when you finished all the food when you haven’t done that you get a fine of 1 euro per dish. The dishes are brought to your table. An advantage of the fine is that you better think about what you want to eat. And believe me, 5 rounds is more than enough to eat tubby. DishesYou can choose from a variety of cuisines, including sushi (sticky rice with fish for example), salads, hand rolls Temaki (type cone with salad, fish or meat), soup and hot dishes. The dishes are small with a photo and a description on the menu. Some dishes are a piece, some by three or more. This is also neatly. There are many dishes on the menu, so I will not mention all but a few are very good.So I found the Ahirue (duck breast) to feast so delicious, deliciously tender with delicious sweet sauce. The Tori Teriyaki (chicken cubes on the plate) were spicy and delicious sushi and Sake (salmon) and Kappa Maki (with cucumber) are nice for in between. The soup will come in very large bowl so you do not be fooled. For vegetarians there is also plenty to eat, namely because many dishes are vegetarian. There is no special kids menu or something, so if you take them, keep this in mind.PricesI find the price very acceptable. I paid 30 euro‘s in total, this consisted of 21 euro’s to 9 euro’s for food and drinks and gratuity. This is generally more expensive than average, but I think it is definitely worth buying. Of course you pay a little more because you actually served, but I find absolutely no problem. At the beginning of the week (Monday through Wednesday) cost around 3 euros less than at the end of the week. You can also have lunch, then you spend about 17 euro for the food .ConclusionI find this restaurant a great way to eat with a large group. The restaurant is easily accessible and has space to receive any groups. The choice in food is great and the all you can eat formula is great. Also, the food delicious and well prepared. The prices are fine. All in all a good restaurant.
Kwiezien is located in Rotterdam. It's near the Walhalla Theatre. The restaurant is easily reached by car and there is free parking in the area. It is up to 10 minutes walk from the subway station Rijnhaven and also there is a bus stop in the street next to it.The address: Street Deli 20-22, 3072 ZK in Rotterdam.The restaurantThe restaurant is not big, I think more than 40 seats with a small courtyard. The room is light purple / lilac chairs and benches along the walls. On the walls, large black and white photographs of old Katendrecht. There are tables for both 2 and 4 persons, for larger groups, the tables are pushed together. On the whole it looks like a nice restaurant, a place where you go to relax.MenuThe Kwiezien is French cuisine. They have a simple concept. You order several small dishes, 3 for a small eater, for an average eater 4 and 5 (or more) for a big eater. There are about 16 dishes, which are divided into four courses. In addition, there are always different specialties. You do not have a dish from each course to choose, and if you want to have four desserts, you may do so too. In addition, a wine package, for every course a matching full or half glass of wine.DishesWhen we sat we had a baguette with olive oil and dip. I chose a pepper soup as an appetizer, a dish like beef carpaccio, ostrich steak as a main course and homemade raspberry curd. My dinner companion had the carpaccio, but also of Dutch shrimp croquettes, rack of lamb and a chocolate surprise. For the main course we opted for fries and a bowl of salad.This all sounds very simple, but obviously it was something more than it seems. The spicy pepper soup was tasty and creamy and is something different than the standard tomato soup. With the carpacio was sundried tomatoes and some delicious sauce which you prefer to lick your plate. The ostrich steak was very tender and very tasty. The chips were homemade and delicious thick. The curd was delicious dessert. It is a sort of thick yogurt, with homemade ice cream, raspberries and a really nice honey-like sauce.PricesWe paid about 80 euro’s for our dinner. The meals cost € 7.50 each and half glass of wine costs around € 4, - and a full glass double globally. I find the prices very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food and drink, but also to the nice atmosphere.StaffThe service is excellent and they know what they sell. They take the time to one another and to you to explain the various dishes and wines. When the restaurant is completely full, they have a lot busier, but are always trying to take time.ConclusionKwiezien is really nice to relax and eat. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. What you pay for the meal is more than reasonable. The interior is nice and comfortable. It really is a restaurant where you and some friends something to eat and drink, but not really suited for a spontaneous visit.
by Jctravel1983 on October 27, 2012
Rotterdam is a city most famous for its harbor which is one of the biggest in the world but the city has a lot more to offer. Because of the large port it attracts a lot of international businesses and people which give the whole city an international feel. A lot of hotels, restaurants and shops can be found troughtout the city.On the second night of staying in the city we went to a mexican restaurant. I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of Mexican food but I liked the look of this restaurant. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very soothing with all the colors of the south america continent. It’s not really upscale but nice enough, it’s nothing near Taco Bell which is good. The tables are all made of wood and the colors are all yellow. It all looked very colorfull.The menu was quite extensive with lots of different dishes to choose from. We went for a special menu which had been prepated which included guacamole with chips. It’s the part I really like of Mexican food. The chips also came with a trio of salsa which were truely amazing. We also had tortilla soup which i enjoyed a little bit less because for me it had a bit too much of tomatoes. The salad was delicious and really depth of flavor.The main course was enchilada and burritto with the rice and beans and tasted very good. The dishes were good in portion and taste. It’s still not my favorite kind of food with the flavors were delicious.
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