Last weekend, I decided to try Encore and I was impressed as it is so unlike the other Simonis restaurants. It had an inviting warm ambiance and the first thing that hit me was the impressive bar and the funky modern chandelier hanging above the bar.
The restaurant has 2 floors of seating and a private function room. I loved the way that the top floor looked over the bar area on the ground floor. Cool music was playing in the background. I loved the music but it is definitely not the place to have a serious conversation in.
Encore had so many staff. I had never seen so many staff in a restaurant in the Hague before. It even had staff standing inside the kitchen so that once the food was ready, it was served immediately to clients to ensure the food was served hot.
Service was very attentive from the minute you entered the restaurant.
Encore has an interesting and huge menu with an Asian twist. For example, there is sashimi, sushi, hot starters such as crispy squid, seafood tacos, steak, and of course seafood. I highly recommend the Encore bread with tapenade and chives oil as it is so good. The bread is soft, moist and melts in your mouth.
I loved the Tuna tacos and the Popcorn shrimp tempura. I had the Chilean sea bass which was served in a miso yuzu truffle sauce with shiitake and green beans. My husband had the black cod as his main course. Both the fish main course dishes were really good and the portions were big. I recommend that you share a main course if you want to try a number of their starters and maybe dessert!
The Hague should have more restaurants like Encore as it is a hip place with a great ambiance for all ages. Even if you are not interested in having dinner there, Encore is a great place to meet friends to have a drink and snacks.
The restaurant is a big restaurant and despite that, there were queues of people waiting to get in and it was full without a single empty table. Encore is clearly the hot spot in Scheveningen Harbour. I highly recommend you reserve a table before going. It is open every day for dinner and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, it is also open for lunch.
Encore also organises music and disco events. On the 17th March, it is having a Motown Sunday show including Michael Jackson and entry is free.