Cencalli is an authentic Mexican restaurant in The Hague. We stumbled across it while taking a shortcut from The Hague City Hall & Central Library to Korte Poten.
The corn dough is freshly made every day. As you enter the restaurant, you see the quesadillas being made on a clay stove. There are a variety of fillings to choose from. We tried the potatoes & sausage with cheese quesadillas and the pulled chicken with chile chipotle tetelas. Three types of home made salsas are given for you to eat with your food.
My daughter tried their Agua de Horchata drink of which the main ingredients are rice, almonds and cinnamon and she loved it. The guacamole is out of this world. I don’t know what ingredients are added to it but it is The best guacamole I have ever had!
It has a different dinner menu. For example, they have a fried fish in batter taco served with coriander, lime, onion & salsa which is absolutely delicious. Cencalli is not cheap as you are paying for authentic Mexican food that is freshly made but it is well worth a visit. I really enjoyed the experience of eating Mexican food there.
Have you been to MingleMush which is a couple of minutes walk from Den Haag Central Station? I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of the food in the Food Hall but I really enjoyed it. I have been there several times and I haven’t been disappointed.
My favourite is the Pad Thai at the Lime Leaf & Red Pepper stall. I love that it is authentic and the portion size is generous. I struggled to finish the Pad Thai on my own. My daughter’s favourite stall is Bohica that serves Lebanese Street Food. She loved the falafel which Bohica serves in a Lebanese flatbread. She has tried many falafels in the Hague and she claims that this stall has the best falafel. We tried the Special Beef Burito at another stall and that was good too.
Minglemush has such a good variety of food that I don’t think anyone would have difficulty finding a stall that they would like. It has a Poke Bar, a stall that sells burgers & fries, pizza, etc.
In terms of desserts, you have to try Don’s creme brulee doughnuts. It’s novel, sinful and good. The middle of the doughnut is filled with a creme brûlée filling, sprinkled with sugar and then blow-torched. An alternative dessert which is also good is the pisang goreng (“banana fritters”) at the Roaming Panda stall.
Another reason why I like Minglemush is the fact that it is open seven days a week from 12:00 for lunch and dinner. During the week, Lime Leaf & Red Pepper stall gets really busy during lunch time despite the chef’s speed of cooking several orders simultaneously. It’s quite a skill to watch.
I went to Happy Tosti in the Hague as my daughter wanted to have a Tosti. We decided to try Happy Tosti on Korte Poten. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the tostis were and the quality of the service.
My husband & daughter chose to a Tosti each. One had the Raclette Tosti and the other had the Chorizo Tosti. I chose the Veggie Panini and absolutely loved it.
The decor was simple. It has swings suspended from the ceiling for some of its seats. It’s a great place to go for breakfast, lunch or a snack!
Happy Tosti is open every day and it has 5 branches in Hoofddorp, Leiden, Delft, Breda & the Hague. So, if you don’t live in the Hague, you have 4 other locations you can go to.
FOAM cafe on the Frederikstraat is a lovely vegan cafe that opens seven days a week from 10 am. Although I am not a vegan, I love the food there as it’s absolutely delicious.
The soup is always excellent. I had the coconut & red lentil soup last Monday. My daughter chose the Pita Gyros which was filled with oyster mushrooms & tzatziki.
We tried the homemade lemon & coconut cake which was amazing as it was light, fluffy and not too sweet. It was so popular that by the end of lunch, the cake was almost gone. It was so good that we bought a slice to take home.
The name “FOAM” means “Fresh Organic and Meat Free”. It is a relatively new cafe as it opened in April 2016. I am so glad that I have found a vegan cafe which serves great food. FOAM has a great ambiance with a lovely view of the garden at the back.
If you are looking for somewhere to go in The Hague that is open 7 days a week, you should check out Vascobelo which is open from 8:00 during the week (9:00 during the weekends). We went there for brunch on Sunday and loved it. They do really good poached eggs such as Eggs Benedict Deluxe or Eggs Scandinavia which is with smoked salmon. If you aren’t an egg person like me, I recommend the Goulash soup which was delicious with lovely chunks of beef. The cappuccino there was so good that I had two cups!
What I liked about Vascobelo was the fact that it was very open and spacious. As the Dutch would say, it’s a gezellig cafe to have a coffee, read or even meet friends as it has a warm inviting ambiance. At the back of the cafe, there are rows of book shelves and a long table where you can work. It feels like being in your own library.
Vascobelo is a Belgian coffee company that serves not just coffee but good quality food. It opened in The Hague in mid November 2017. Its breakfast menu ends at 12:00 which is then followed by a lunch menu. From Thursdays to Saturdays, it also serves dinner till 21:00. I highly recommend going there even if it’s just to have a coffee!
Gouda is famous for its cheese but I discovered something even better – David’s Gelato! This place does AMAZING gelato and sorbet with really unique & interesting combinations. For example, he had a sorbet called Thailand which is made up of mango, coconut & a spicy pepper. I chose the vanilla gelato with homemade raspberry compote, cookies and white chocolate. I wasn’t sure about the combination But it was incredible and had a delightful crunch to it. My daughter had the passion fruit & apricot and raved about it. My husband had the pistachio and he said it was even better than De Lelie’s pistachio ice cream! And the cone was so light and melted in your mouth. Loved it.
This place has over 100 flavours and has new flavours almost weekly. What an avant-garde gelato creator! I was curious about how fresh and pure the gelatos were that I went onto his website and this is what I found out!
David, the owner who is currently in his late 20’s went to Italy in 2012 to learn how to make ice cream and in 2013, he opened his gelato shop in Gouda!
He believes in using only the best ingredients so he sources from all over the world. The fresh fruit is peeled by hand and the milk comes directly from a farm less than 3 minutes away.
You can even hire David’s 3-wheeler ice cream truck for parties, weddings or business functions. Of course, he does wedding ice cream cakes and he even custom makes ice cream for restaurants to suit their menus.
For the address and opening hours, go to http://www.davidsgelato.nl. By the way, it’s open seven days a week from March to October and it’s located in the centre of Gouda.
Have you ever been to the Van der Valk fresh market? A Dutch friend recommended it to me and I was really impressed with the quality and range of fresh meat and fish that they have. The quality is excellent and the price lower than some of the butchers that I have been to. The other bonus is the fact that it is open seven days a week. It has a huge car park and parking is free.
I remember arriving in Holland five years ago and it took me months to find the correct cut of beef for a quick stir fry. When I walked towards the meat counter, I saw a drawing of a cow labelled with all the cuts of beef and I finally understood which part of the cow I had been buying.
Bread and cakes are freshly baked on the premises. If that’s not enough to tempt you, it also has a fruit & vegetable section, cheese & nuts counter and a wine section. Personally, I love their own ice cream brand which are sold in tubs.
As it’s a little bit tricky to find, its address is Veurseweg 214, 2252AH Voorschoten. As you drive out of Voorschoten town towards Leidschendam, you will pass the Van der Valk hotel on the right and the Valk fresh market is the next turning on the right.
Source: Valk Versmarkt Voorschoten logo