Local Heart, Global Soul

November 2, 2016

Like Diamonds In The Rough There Are Traces Of Sparkle…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Earlier this year, Himself and I had a late afternoon appointment near the center of the city of The Hague.

We finished more or less at the time that we expected and were preparing to come home when we decided to phone the respective friends where our kids had been hanging out since they arrived home after school to see how things were going.

They were not only both going exceptionally well and having such a great time, they begged to stay for dinner where they were.

We spoke to our friends to check if this would be ok and since both replied with an enthusiastic “Yes”, we suddenly found ourselves in no rush to rush home to cook dinner for the family.

Both Himself and I were fairly tired and didn’t want to go all around the city looking for somewhere to eat, so kept our search to the area close to where we had parked our car.

This is how we ended up at the Spanish “Que pasa” Restaurant in the Laan van Meerdervoort.

Since it was early Spring it was bitterly cold on the street, we were early and there were few people around so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We both agreed that we fancied Tapa and ordered accordingly.

The meal certainly wasn’t bad, the prawns and dried ham were nice but the meatballs were so-so and whilst the lamb chops looked fabulous, they were rather tough. Nothing stood out and made us instantly decide that a return visit would be in order. There was no “wow” factor.

I spied a lovely garden area out the back that I imagine would be excellent for a summer’s day visit, it even had a view of the Peace Palace tower, so had a temperature not been about 9 degrees Celsius with an added freezing wind, it might have been a nice place to sit.

The people were very friendly too, so that wasn’t the problem either, it’s just that the food wasn’t really up to what many people expect these days when they go out of a meal.

It’s a shame, because supporting little places like this is exactly what we want to be about, and there is always the added hope that when you walk in the door that maybe, just maybe we might have discovered a hidden gem. Sadly this one is more a diamond in the rough: there are traces of sparkle but not quite enough to have made a brighter review.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It was getting dark by the time I took this photograph and in the low light inside the camera was struggling…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Laan van Meerdervoort 13A, 2517 AB The Hague · ~
+31 70-3657057

 

 

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