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Discover Benelux  |  Foodie Hotspot and Restaurant of the Month  |  The Netherlands


Carefree lunches at Hofje Zonder Zorgen TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN  |  PHOTOS: HOFJE ZONDER ZORGEN

The sun shines on lunchroom Hofje Zonder Zorgen (‘Carefree Courtyard’), located on the southern edge of Haarlem’s centre and owned by Marja Jochemus and Petra Kloosterman. We are greeted by Jochemus, a talkative local who has traded a career in advertising for hospitality. She has every reason to speak passionately about Hofje Zonder Zorgen, which is set in a beautiful 15th century building surrounded by courtyards. The menu, made almost entirely in-house, is bursting with organic soups, sandwiches, salads, pies and fresh juices. Afternoon tea is available and there are numerous options for those with allergies. “I’m a storyteller,” says Jochemus. “Whether it’s about the local suppliers who deliver our coffee, tea or chocolate, or just a chat with guests, we value personal experiences and ex-

pect that from our multilingual team too. Some of our staff submits ideas for our menu. If approved, we name a sandwich after them.” There are several awards (such as TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellency) on display. Jochemus: “It adds to the compliments we get from our guests. We count on a great group of regulars who suggest our place to their friends. That keeps the ball rolling. We love welcoming people who are having a bad day and making them leave with a big smile.” www.hofjezonderzorgen.nl/en

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For 36 years, the people of Haarlem have known where to go for a night of authentic Greek goodness. Family restaurant Delphi has taken the art of Greek cooking to the Netherlands, spoiling guests with a menu full of authentic dishes and an unparalleled ambiance. Restaurant Delphi is helmed by Sophia Loli, her brother Stavros and her parents Sevasti and Spyridon, the latter moving from Epirus to the Netherlands in 1983 and luckily bringing one of the best parts of Greece with them. “Good food is an incredibly important part of the social Greek culture,” says Sophia. “My parents learned the art of cooking from their parents, and I learned it from them. Greek people love their food, and that is something you can really taste.” The menu is one long line of culinary highlights prepared via authentic family recipes, with

traditional oven dishes alongside fresh vegetable dishes and seafood. “Many think Greek cuisine uses a lot of meat, but although we can certainly appreciate high-quality meat dishes, Delphi also introduces people to the other side of the Greek cuisine, which includes lots of vegetables, fish, and fresh herbs.” Products such as feta, olive oil and herbs are sourced from Greece, as is the complete wine-list. Greece is traditionally known as a country where many families have their own vineyard. Restaurant Delphi offers possibilities for groups or companies to host their own Greek night. Sophia and her parents frequently organise Greek live music nights, which have become a popular staple in Haarlem. On those nights, with an Ouzo in your hand and traditional food on your plate, you will actually find yourself in Greece. www.restaurantdelphi.nl Issue 41  |  May 2017  |  71

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Discover Benelux, Issue 41, May 2017  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 41, May 2017  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.