One word for it: Fantastic!
Posted on 09 / 14 / 2011
This place is fantastic. We had lunches there on successive days during a four-day break, having been blown away by what we found behind the initially perplexing locked front door (you have to press the bell to let yourself in). Inside it's brightly decorated and fitted out with the rear half of the long restaurant room an atrium which bathes diners in light and allows a grand view of one of the city's old towers which looms above. Our welcoming English-speaking waitress explained that there is always one main choice, a vegetable platter, which changes every day, available in four sizes from baby (6.50E) up to super at 11.50E. We went for medium, at 10E, which proved plenty big enough and were thrilled by what we were given: around nine different components including leek gratin, sweet corn, diced cabbage, quinoa, a potato croquet, diced beetroot & apple, cauliflower, bean sprouts and a rice ball. Every mouthful was a treat and surprise. And the sweet of the day, which we shared, was a fabulous Advocaat tart! We were assured that if we came back the next day the platter would be entirely different - and it was. Fabulously so, including a carrot puree and courgette slices topped with hazelnut pesto, both which prompted gasps of delight. If all that wasn't enough there were two aspects which made it special in a city overwhelmed by tourists and eye-wateringly expensive. The atmosphere was a hub-bub of lively, friendly chatter from mainly locals who were clearly regulars; and some of the best-cooked, most imaginative cuisine you'll find anywhere was markedly cheaper than anything else we found anywhere in the city. The only word of caution, which is not added as a criticism, is that they don't hurry and everything is cooked fresh, so some might find the service slow, We were happy as it gave plenty of chance to enjoy the experience and people watch. Paradoxically, it also has quite limited opening hours (11.45am to 2pm): but it's well worth working your day round them, as we did! We would happily have eaten there every day had we found it sooner!
Imaginative cuisine, Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Great value
Lack of options, Limited opening hours