Discover Benelux | Issue 16 | April 2015

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Discover Benelux | Restaurant of the Month | ‘t Golfje

R E S TA U R A N T O F T H E M O N T H , T H E N E T H E R L A N D S

Where the island meets global tastes TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: ‘T GOLFJE

Terschelling's residents used to have to travel to the mainland to find first-rate cuisine, but thanks to Helga Stobbe's 't Golfje they need look no further. Housed in a picturesque old farmhouse in Midsland, the restaurant is adorned with two Michelin couverts and 13 Gault Millau points and is dedicated to serving a well-considered menu with global tastes created with local produce.

Assiduously following the seasons, Stobbe excitedly reveals what she’s creating in the kitchen at the moment: “Ceviche of fresh monkfish and scallops in a vinaigrette of lime, orange, red pepper and ginger as well as wild salt-crusted sea bass on a bed of beetroot couscous and vadouvan mayonnaise.” Since opening in 1993, the restaurant has prided itself on offering an equally balanced wine menu to accompany its well-travelled dishes.

Gazing out over the island of Terschelling, its terrace is a popular haunt in good weather, where the well-travelled Stobbe serves fine dining cuisine inspired by all points of the compass – via the island. Opting for local produce, with the lamb, cranberries, buckthorn, rock samphire and sheep’s cheese coming from Terschelling itself, and local fishing catches whenever possible, 't Golfje guarantees an organic and sustainable approach to dining.

Housed in a former farmhouse, the sophisticated tastes could stand at odds with the heritage; yet instead they add a glamour that has rendered this one of the island's most popular restaurants.

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For an exhilarating day out, many wouldn’t think beyond keeping their feet on solid ground – yet an excursion to Fun Forest and their treetop challenges boasts an almost unrivalled sense of excitement, exhilaration and entertainment. Ever been envious of the freedom and satisfaction that comes from overcoming fears and pushing your own limits? Can you imagine soaring through trees on a zipline, clambering across narrow ladders and reaching heights of up to 15 metres? Surprisingly physical yet gratifyingly doable, Fun Forest’s treetop routes incorporate a host of obstacles and technical sections aimed at the young and the old, beginners and advanced alike, giving everyone the rare opportunity to experience nature from a different perspective. Each Fun Forest boasts a series of courses of

varying difficulties that wind their way from the forest floor to its canopy. These three hour treetop adventures see the now ape-like visitors weave a path through the trees at heights of between four and 15 metres.

Given the enduring appeal of the fresh experiences in the outdoors, the concept of Fun Forest has spread like a forest fire across the Netherlands since Ernst-Jan Swarte opened the inaugural park in Venlo in 2007. Now with four venues across the country comprising Venlo, Amsterdam, Almere and Rotterdam, these parks are renowned as great hosts of parties, school trips, team building days out and bonding sessions. For that post-high refueling, each Fun Forest can arrange suitable catering to meet the group’s needs, be it a sociable BBQ, buffet or light lunch. Issue 16 | April 2015 | 11