132/365(+1), a photo by Luca Rossini on Flickr.
Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO160, f2.5, 1/60, raw
The Netherlands is not exactly a country known for its gourmet meals. Our major complain, when we were living here in Leiden, was the extreme difficulty to find any good place to eat. There were very few options, and even the best ones were just slightly above sufficiency. There was the OK Indian, the so-and-so but cheap and abundant Greek, the ultra expensive pizza-place serving the only acceptable pizza in town, and the fancy pub specialized in pre-cooked spare ribs. This was as good as it got in Leiden between 2006 and 2008. I can’t speak for these days, but I’d guess it didn’t change much.
There was one exception, though. The “Brasserie”, a place where the best Club Sandwich (I’ve ever tasted) in the world was, and still is, served. The bread is perfect, not too dry, not too wet, and the ingredients for the filling are of great quality, with the freshly cut slices of turkey, crispy bacon and lettuce, tasty tomato and the personal touch of a home made frittata. The perfect amount of majo completes the wonderful experience. The only improvement I can think of, they could make home-made chips as well. The industrial chips they’re serving with the club contrast with the general high-quality of the place.
The place itself is pretty nice, it reminds me of a French bistro, and serves everything from breakfast to dinner. The owner is a nice guy, bald and friendly, but the current waitress is a bit of a bitch. I hope he’ll get rid of her if he can’t teach her some manners. To smile sometimes to customers, just as a start. The waitress that was there before was a cute blonde Dutch girl, sweet and smiley. That was much better.
We had almost every Saturday lunch here during our living in Leiden, and we keep coming here every time we come back for a visit. Like today, first lunch in Leiden, you know where you could find us. And be sure that the club sandwich was as good as it gets, that is, it was excellent as always.