Discover Benelux, Issue 34, October2016

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Discover Benelux | Rotterdam | Kop van Zuid & Katendrecht Highlights

A Peruvian affair in Rotterdam TEXT: FRANK VAN LIESHOUT | PHOTOS: PHILIPPA DRIEST

Perch yourself at the bar for some mouthwatering ceviche and a refreshing pisco sour or sit down for the full culinary experience at Rotterdam’s first and only Peruvian restaurant: Ceviche y Maas. Located at Deliplein, in the heart of Rotterdam’s trendy Katendrecht district, Ceviche y Maas was set up by Patricia Lavado and her daughter Sophia. A native from Lima, Peru, who made her way to Rotterdam via New York, Patricia used to work as a financial controller for most of her career. “But cooking has always been my passion,” she says. “And running my own restaurant together with my daughter is like a dream come true.” Ceviche y Maas is a clever pun on Rotterdam’s famous Maas river and the Spanish word for ‘more’, suggesting that there is more to Peruvian cooking than its famous dish of fresh fish cured in citrus fruits, peppers

and spices. “Absolutely,” Patricia asserts. “Peru is blessed with an enormous bio-diversity and an incredibly rich coastline providing an abundance of wholesome ingredients. Peruvian cuisine is pure, the most diverse in the world and the most flavoursome of South America, with Spanish, Italian, Asian, West African and native Indian influences.” In the restaurant’s open, modern and stylish interior, guests can perch themselves at the full bar offering an array of Peruvian pisco, or sit down at a table and choose from a variety of authentic and contemporary Peruvian dishes. “We started some nine months ago, but every night I still feel grateful that I pursued my dream,” says Patricia. “Because every night I can share my passion for Peruvian cuisine with guests who are truly wowed by the experience. To me, that’s priceless!” www.cevicheymaas.nl

Drinking, dining and sleeping with a view TEXT: JULIËN L’ORTYE | PHOTOS: NHOW HOTEL

The nhow Rotterdam is not your average everyday hotel. Housed in the city’s most iconic building, it combines its urban character with an amazing level of service and comfort, making it attractive for both tourists and locals. Let us start with that iconic building, named after the city (and therefore called ‘De Rotterdam’) and designed by Rem Koolhaas, a wellknown Dutch architect. Spanning 44 floors and 160,000 square metres, De Rotterdam is quite an imposing construction that cannot be missed when visiting the city.

nhow is quite a unique place, for more than one reason. Thanks to the immense height of De Rotterdam (160 metres), every one of its 278 rooms has a great view, which makes it possible for the guests to look upon the famous Erasmus Bridge or the city’s impressive skyline before going to bed. Apart from that, the hotel is very appealing to the people of Rotterdam as well. “When we started with nhow, we really wanted to become a place for locals as well,” hotel director Hermann Spatt says. With the beautiful cocktail bar and roof terrace, the winner of the Best Bar Awards has pretty much achieved that goal. Sleeping with a great view, drinking wonderful cocktails, talking to some cool locals: nhow seems to have it all. And it does, actually. Do you not feel like spending some time in the city, but still want to do something fun? Take a look in the lobby, where various art forms are being displayed. In the words of Spatt: “Staying at nhow isn’t just about spending the night. It

is about the entire experience.” We could not agree more; it is an experience that is very much worth the visit. www.nhow-rotterdam.com

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