When asking people to name what Rotterdam is known for, many will point out its architecture. For instance, the popular ‘Market Hall’, the Cube Houses and obviously the iconic Erasmus Bridge. However, Rotterdam also owns some pretty good restaurants and cafes that have delicious food and beverages. Not only do they taste delightful, but they are also worth capturing and sharing, as many restaurants also take the presentation of the dish into account. The interior design can be really aesthetic as well, attracting customers to visit. To share some of my personal favourites, I created this list of eateries’ recommendations that are worth visiting as they satisfy both your hunger and Instagram feed!
‘Foo Concepts’ is a tine play located close to Oostplein metro station that sells various dishes in style of the Asian fusion theme, such as pokébowls, sushi sandwiches, and bubble waffles. Personally, I really like their bubble waffle yakitori! The design of the restaurant is really color as the walls and furniture are painted blue. One of the walls even has a beautiful grafitti painting, definitely worth capturing. Besides, they also sell different kinds of trendy products from Japan or Korea so K-pop and Anime fans would probably love this place.
‘Round and Round’ café is a cute and cozy place fully in theme of matcha. Not only do they serve some good matcha beverages, their signature cake rolls are also popular as well. The café is decorated really nicely, with a lot of details. For instance, one of the walls consists of a combination of several black and white artistic paintings. Occasionally, the owners will also organise crafts and workshops to provide an opportunity for those who want to deepen their knowledge about Japanese culture. It’s the perfect place to catch up with a friend or to study!
‘Rodizio’ is an all-you-can-eat restaurant that serves Brazilian Grill. The restaurant is colourful and has a great ambiance. However, what astonished me the most is their unique serving method as their meat isn’t ordered via a menu, but through waiters walking around holding up the meat and cutting it in front of the customers. You have to try it for yourself!
‘Takumi’ is a restaurant that serves authentic Japanese Sapporo Ramen. The restaurant is decorated in the style of Japanese culture and gives off a warm and cozy atmosphere. They have a wide range of ramen and rice dishes that are served with many ingredients and each dish has its own aesthetic. Little minus point is that this place is really well-known and thus always packed with customers so I would recommend making a reservation beforehand!
BY AMI’ is actually a restaurant I have yet to visit but the pictures I’ve seen of this place truly amazed me. This urban bistro not only cares about serving their customers new and unique dishes, they know the food’s presentation is as important. ‘Food should be an artwork’ is their motto and this can be seen in both their way of decorating the dishes and the interior design of the restaurant. Their main theme is vibrant colours and the walls are decorated with beautiful art paintings. They even have three ‘Instawalls’, perfect to brighten up your Instagram feed!
I hope these recommendations are helpful and the next time you visit Rotterdam centre, you will be able to try these great food places out!
Author: Gwendolyne Cheung
Editor: Kat Nivera