Fine-dining without a menu, or table d’hôte, as we call it in fancy French. The go-to place for me to do such a thing is a little restaurant called ‘De Matroos en het Meisje.’
Take a trip to Katendrecht and have the chefs decide what you’re going to eat! The weekly changing menu is dictated by the season, with local products the kitchen staff has at its disposal at the time.
Despite the choice between 3, 4, 5 or 6 courses, there is no need to worry about overfeeding yourself; the portions are always carefully adjusted to the number of courses you choose and every dish is literally a feast for the eye. For each dish there is also a wine to match and, should you want to try them all, ordering half a glass is an option as well.
Besides the great cuisine, ‘De Matroos en het Meisje’ has a very warm and cosy atmosphere with an an overall blue interior that beautifully celebrates Rotterdams maritime character, flourished with an occasional red detail. The staff is very knowledgeable and more than happy to tell you more about what, to most, looks more like an edible painting on a plate.
A little piece of advice: although the staff will always ask you beforehand if there is anything you don’t like, I strongly advise you to allow yourself to be surprised. As far as I’m concerned ‘De Matroos en het Meisje’ has proved to be an enriching culinary experience time and time again.
De Matroos en het Meisje | Delistraat 52, Rotterdam | http://www.dematroosenhetmeisje.nl/ | Open: Tue-Sun from 18:00