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Southern French vibes in brand new restaurant Palmette TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: ROBIN DE GOEDE
Restaurant Palmette in The Hague opened just last March. The name of this brandnew eatery comes from the French word for ‘palm leaf’. This is no coincidence: co-owners Rick Alberts, Dylan Verwer and Sander van Raamsdonk modelled the establishment on Saint Tropez, not only with its breezy interior, but with a menu that can be classified as ‘modern French’. To start a new business is no easy feat, but Alberts and Verwer are no strangers to the hospitality business in The Hague. Together they run the well-known Bar Bistro De Twee Heeren just a stone’s throw away from the Central Station. Now there is Palmette two streets away from the Bistro. The restaurant sports a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and has overtly French tones. Enjoy dishes such as bisque d’homard, steak tartare, oysters and pan-fried coquilles. “We started Palmette out of love for modern French cuisine,” explains Alberts. “It’s rich
and leaves enough room to give an international twist. Then there’s the reason that we feel we can create a high-end restaurant while still keeping the prices manageable. Our chef’s surprise menu is going for 29.50 euros if you choose three courses, 34.50 euros for four and 39.50 euros for five. We want our guests to leave wondering how it’s possible to eat so many good things for that kind of money.” Palmette’s secret? According to Alberts it is all about the staff: “With Bas Kokshoorn as our chef and Louis Verlaan as sous-chef, we have some seasoned veterans in our kitchen who can create the most amazing dishes. Then
there’s sommelier Pieter Dijkhuizen, a true wine freak that’ll have the chefs taste some wine and ask them to come up with something that complements the wine.” www.palmette.nl
An affordable four-star stay TEXT: DEMELZA STADHOUDERS | PHOTOS: THE HAGUE TELEPORT HOTEL
Calling all travellers who are on a budget but still want to get the best deal! The Hague Teleport Hotel might be exactly what you are looking for. At an affordable price, this hotel offers modern furnished studios and maisonettes with many nice extras, including a free guided bike tour. “Every morning we organise guided bike tours,” says Maikel Hemminga, general manager of The Hague Teleport Hotel. “If you rent a bike with us, a free guided two-hour journey is included!” But if you like to stay in, you will surely enjoy the extras of the spacious rooms. “They each have a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine and a kettle. The latest technologies are available, such as QI chargers and free Netflix and Smart TV.” The studios are suitable for business travellers, couples, and friends, while the maisonettes are great for families. Each floor has its own theme and if you are staying on the seventh,
eighth or ninth floor, you will enjoy a fantastic view of The Hague. The hotel is located in a quieter area of the city. “Therefore our rooms are less expensive than in the city centre, and there is enough parking space.” The sights are easily accessible, also via bike. “It takes only 20 minutes to cycle to Scheveningen beach.” While you are at The Hague Teleport Hotel, be sure to try the fresh, homemade meals at their restaurant. Those who are travelling from afar or are short on time will appreciate the op-
Fantastic view of the city from the modern rooms.
tion to check in online. “Either way, our staff are always happy to help,” assures Hemminga. www.thehague.teleporthotel.com
The trendy bar and restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine.
A unique, modern hotel in the lively city The Hague.
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