Eettentje Wes

Named after the Wes we all know and love, this cosy neighbourhood deli in the up-and-coming Oude Noorden channels the Tenenbaum’s living room – including Scalamandre zebra prints and tennis trophies – with touches of The Darjeeling Limited (Indian deity posters, wooden train seats) thrown in for good measure. Its menu is eccentric enough to fit an Anderson film, too: “Jewish-Persian” cuisine consisting of multicultural sharing platters loaded with falafel, shakshuka and mezze.

Burgertrut

Rotterdam isn’t short on burger joints, but few can match the inventive variations Burgertrut dishes up. With a focus on vegetarian burgers (or organic beef for purists), they stuff their buns with tofu, risotto or chickpea patties that easily match the real deal. Get your fingers greasy with their kapsalon, a vegan riff on Rotterdam’s most beloved late-night snack; a poutine-like dish with seitan “shoarma”, potato fries, vegan cheese, garlic sauce and plenty of vegetables.

Op Het Dak

Perched atop the Schieblok building, a creative community right next to the Central Station, Op Het Dak (Dutch for “on the roof”) offers a quiet refuge from the downtown buzz. The open kitchen is helmed by Valerie Kuster, a culinary creative who turned her global travel experiences into a modern eclectic menu featuring (mostly) sustainably sourced produce. Dishes change with the seasons, but you can be sure of a great selection of feel-good food – think hearty soups, flower-flecked salads and roasted vegetables.

Héroine

Soon after opening in early 2018, Heroine became Rotterdam’s fine-dining darling. For good reason: its glamorous 1970s design (courtesy of Rotterdam-based Modiste studio), surprising kitchen creations and excellent wine pairings quickly proved to be hitting the right spot with the city’s creative who’s who. There is no a-la-carte menu – instead, guests choose from a four-, five- or seven-course tasting experience and let chef Michael Schook decide what they’ll be eating. Dishes change weekly, and combine cuisines from all over the world; expect everything from intricately plated beetroot with seaweed, red cabbage, sheeps’ cheese and sea lavender, to perfect sole with shio koji, fish roe, black chanterelle and smoked soy.

Foodhallen

Burgers, bahn mi or baos? At the Foodhallen, you can have it all. After its success in Amsterdam, this modern food-court concept branched out to Rotterdam’s Kop Van Zuid district late 2018 and has been perennially packed ever since. Favourites among the dozen or so stands include Restaurant Indonesia for Dutch-Indonesian classics like rijsttafel, Txosta for tapas by an ex-El Bulli chef and the panko-crusted bitterballen (a typically Dutch snack) at Bavette.

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