Discover Benelux | Rotterdam | City Centre Highlights
Back to the Roots TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: ROOTS
For the best ingredients and most innovative culinary inspiration you do not have to go far. That is exactly the ethos of Roots, the restaurant in the heart of Rotterdam taking the best of regional and local products and serving a menu that reflects every season’s treasures. “Regional and seasonal, always with an innovative twist,” says chef Stephan Nijst to describe Roots’ cuisine. The restaurant in the Hilton Hotel opened last summer, after the old concept had a complete transformation. “Previously, the restaurant was an all-in-dining concept. Before reopening, we asked ourselves what the Netherlands had to offer us. That turned out to be a lot.” Nijst earned his cooking stripes in France, where he learned to cook with pretty much any part of an animal and personally handpicked the rocket and asparagus out of the kitchen garden. “Something we also do at Roots –
using exclusively fresh ingredients from local producers,” Nijst says. Plaice with farm butter, crispy bacon, sea vegetables and hollandaise sauce; marinated mushrooms with jelly, almond, and cauliflower – these are a few examples of the seasonal dishes adorning Roots’ menu. A classic is Nijst’s signature dish: dry-aged rib-eye, cooked in clay and hay and served with seasonal vegetables. The dish is served at your table, where the service team breaks the clay to release the aromas.
“At Roots we believe that dining is an experience that should appeal to all senses: your palate, but also your hearing, sense of smell, and sight.” Alongside the quarterly changing menu, Roots adjusts its ambiance according to the season: think warmer colours in winter, and different tunes reflecting each season. And what about wines? “Naturally, we serve the classics such Barolo alongside local wines with their roots in the Netherlands.” www3.hilton.com
One thousand and one nights in Rotterdam TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: MAARTEN LAUPMAN
An exotic, crowded marketplace, bustling with life, overflowing with delicious flavours and mysterious sounds. In Hotel Bazar you will meet the world. From your meal to your bedroom, Hotel Bazar offers a complete colourful cultural experience. Located in the heart of Rotterdam, this hotel and restaurant has the exceptional atmosphere of a faraway land. The 27 rooms, spread over three storeys, each have their own unique theme. Do you wish to stay in South America, Africa, or the Middle East tonight? “Hotel Bazar is the city café of the future – we reflect Rotterdam’s worldly and multi-cultural allure,” PR manager Richard Stormezand says. “Just like Rotterdam, Hotel Bazar mixes internationality, dynamics, and hospitality. Every age, sex, and nationality, feels at home here.” Equal to a real bazaar, Hotel Bazar is a place where guests can have an inexpensive meeting. “Our prices
are continuously budget-friendly; Hotel Bazar should be accessible to anyone.” Hotel Bazar’s international allure is reflected by the staff. “Our staff is a reflection of society - we work with people from 20 different nationalities.” As colourful as the rooms and staff is the restaurant. With its mysterious lighting, colourful tables and exotic scents, Hotel Bazar’s restaurant perfectly embodies a holiday atmosphere. Dishes on the menu are mainly from the Middle East and North Africa and are served with halal meat. Whether you
order a mint tea or go all out with specials such as the Irfan’s starter (with Zaalouk, humuz, haydari, sarma, peynir ezme, and sigara böregi) and Dàndè (marinated veal spare ribs): Hotel Bazar will take you on an exotic voyage. www.hotelbazar.nl Witte de Withstraat 16, 3012 BP Rotterdam For reservations: 0031 10 206 5151
No plans to visit Rotterdam? In Amsterdam you can also find a Bazar restaurant.
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.