Europe on a Plate: Netherlands

Five reasons to go to the Markthal in Rotterdam

If you’re a foodie and you haven’t been to the Markthal in Rotterdam yet, you really have to get down there. A huge food court full of small food stalls and big restaurants that all centre around one thing: culinary indulgence.

The Markthal is on ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298 in Rotterdam, just around the corner from Rotterdam Blaak train station. Click here for more information and the opening hours.

This article takes you on a short tour of our five favourite food stalls.

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1. MEAT FROM DE GROENE WEG

Buying a good piece of meat for a home-cooked meal is certainly one of the weekend’s highlights. The De Groene Weg is an organic butcher where big pieces of meat are cut into manageable sizes while you wait. It can’t get more traditional and fresher than this.

Oh and now that you have your rack of lamb or entrecote, why not pick up a sandwich? The meat on Le Perron’s organic sandwiches (also in the market hall) comes from the same organic butcher.

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Source: De Groene Weg

2. SWEET TEMPTATIONS FROM THE PATISSIER

From macaroons to candy and éclairs to tiered cake, the Patissier has it all. Our favourites, though, are the financiers, for example, with chocolate, butter cream and praline mayonnaise.

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3. BREAD FROM LE PERRON

Tom and Yvonne Zopfi bake Le Perron’s organic bread in the market hall. Authentic rolls with French allure. Be sure to take home some of the divine part-baked filled bread as well.

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4. PINTXOS FROM BASQ KITCHEN

Authentic Spanish food is best savoured at Basq Kitchen. Chef Alvaro Martinez cooks lunch and dinner (potentially with a wine arrangement) packed with Basque flavours. Traditional dishes such as Ibérico ham and calamari, as well as the oh so delicious sarteneko: an egg cooked at a low temperature with capsicum and a potato and lard foam.

Be sure to leave room for desert: Basque bread pudding with vanilla ice cream or the manzana: roasted apple with hazelnut ice cream.

Photo: Martijn Oorthuis [www.oorthuisfotografie.nl]

Source: Basq Kitchen

5. JAMIE’S ITALIAN

Yes, Jamie has found his way to Rotterdam! OK, well, his restaurant has. The concept is an atmospheric neighbourhood restaurant inspired by the Italian dining table. The prices are affordable and the atmosphere laidback, but more importantly, the food is fresh, simple and high quality. The menu is compiled by Jamie Oliver and his mentor Gennaro Contaldo.

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Post By – Culy @culynl

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