Rotterdam cafes & restaurants

Hoofdstuk II, Oostmolenwerf 14/24, Rotterdam, tel. 4148222

One of 66 Rotterdam Cafe & Restaurant reviews.

Recommendation: worth a try for lunch or dinner.

Hoofdstuk II is a large traditional-style cafe with a bookish theme ('hoofdstuk' means 'chapter') and lots of books-as-decor amongst the wood panelling. The style of the place makes for a good ambiance, so this is a pleasant place for drinks or food.

The menu has the same kind of upmarket cafe prices as Het Gelagh - somewhere between average and posh - but with more conventional European dishes.

Weekday lunchtimes attract a large business crowd from the offices on Admiraliteitskade, and the lunch menu has a large selection of sandwiches and egg dishes for around €7. Top of the lunch menu is the €9.75 salmon club sandwich that we tried; it turned out to be very tasty with lots of smoked salmon, but not as good value as the more reasonably priced baguette or omelet options.

It has been a while since we tried dinner here; the food was good, and fairly sophisticated. There is also an above-average selection of beer on tap.

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