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High time for good food

November 20th, 2009

Filed under: FOOD & TRAVEL


The groov-oir menu by edhv

Dutch cuisine isn’t world-famous. Most of the time, there’s a reason for that. For a more than decent meal, at a very decent price, you should go to Hoogste Tijd (Dutch for High Time). I had one of the week’s specials – poached wild salmon fillet with a lobster cream sauce nested on a leek quiche with a sweet little crock of Julianne potatoes – all cooked to perfection. A torturous combo of flavours? Could be. The balsamic vinegar drizzle with the just-so placed napkin was bordering on contrived, but the subtle flavors and texture made up for any suspicion arising from “over-presentation”. At only €14.50, with a cosy, subdued vibe, the Hoogste Tijd experience closed off a dreary autumn weekend in a fitting manner. Amidst the omnipresent Dutch drawl was the mixed twitterings of French, US English, plus my own Australian twang meshed with my stilted Dutch. Hoogste Tijd is a regular haunt because it’s kitschy, friendly, unrushed and well, … the staff have great hair. The chef who delivered us our meal was delightfully Alannah Hill-esque, with her frothy cotton candy hair-do adorned with an organza gardenia, rosy cheeks to match her rosebud mouth, and attentive hospitality.

The menu is in Dutch, but English is spoken.

www.hoogstetijd.nl: check out their webcam, bit spooky, but very cute all the same

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