Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Netherlands - The Harbour Club

Because of the National Restaurant Week, I gave myself an extra push to discover more restaurants around Rotterdam area. I went to The Harbour Club on the first Sunday of the Restaurant Week.

The Harbour Club is located just next to Euromast Tower, a little bit south to the heart of Rotterdam but is still reachable by bike or by tram. You can take tram number 8 from the Central Station to reach Euromast, then walk here.

There are plenty of parking space, and valet parking is 15 euros.

The interiors are great. It looks somewhat like a cozy bar and a nice place to hang out and have some drinks at the front. However, they also have fancier table settings behind. The restaurant is fairly large.

This restaurant is specialized in seafood.

Since the weather was great (~16C on that day), most people were seated outside. The restaurant was not too crowded at 1 PM, but it was getting more and more crowded after 2.

So, I went ahead with the 3-course menu. In addition to that, you can also order extra recommended dishes that go along with the other courses.

Let's start with the starters: mackarel ceviche with a cream of avocado and radish varieties.

Very scrumptious. I don't mind eating raw fish and in fact, I kind of love some of them. The fish was fresh, and there was a really good balance in flavour and texture. I was not too excited about the sun-dried tomato, but I'd give 4 out of 5 for this dish.

I actually ordered an additional dish for 7.95 euros: scallop filled with salsify and Pata Negra.

The scallop was very juicy and succulent, and The Pata Negra melted nicely in mouth, adding creaminess into the whole set. Again, there was a great balance of texture in this dish. The warmth of this dish was just perfect. I'd give 4.5 out of 5 for this one.

The next was the main dish: skrei (Atlantic cod), skin fried, served with Opperdoezer salad, spinach and more gravy.

Again, I'm satisfied with the dish. I like fatty fish because of its soft texture, so it's guaranteed to score high in my opinion. The gravy was tasty. It was kind of like a mix of barbeque sauce and caramelized onion; a bit sweet and salty, with a hint of bitterness. However, compared to the scallop I had earlier, this was less exciting. Still, I'd give a 4 out of 5.

And then the last course was the dessert: creme brulee, scented with lemon grass, coconut ice cream and coconut crisps.

I would say that this was maybe not the best creme brulee I have ever had, but it was okay. Somehow they didn't really go well together that much. I'd give a 3 out of 5 for this.

Nice seafood accompanied with live music under the sun? Can never be bad!

Want to visit this restaurant? Check out their website here or book a table for the restaurant week here!

The Harbour Club
Kievitslaan 25
3016 CG, Rotterdam
Ph: +31 10 436 8888

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