Edition 19 April 2019, by Paola Westbeek
When sunny weather has you craving a beachside rendez-vous, head to De Zeemeeuw, a coastline gem situated in the quaint village of Muiderberg. Boasting one of the country’s oldest (and cosiest!) beach pavilions, De Zeemeeuw invites you to kick back and soak up some sun while enjoying a good meal or sipping a glass of wine – before or after digging your toes in the sand. The lunch menu features a wide selection of hearty open sandwiches, club sandwiches, salads, uitsmijters (sliced bread topped with ham and/or cheese), Dutch croquettes, classics such as burgers or chicken saté, flatbread pizzas and a soup of the day that never disappoints. I once had an aromatic fish soup with shrimp and octopus that had me swearing I was in Marseille. Not in the mood for a full meal or happen to be there a bit later in the afternoon? You might want to opt for fi nger foods such as nachos, crisp calamari with garlic sauce or bitterballen (deep-fried, ragout-fi lled meatballs).
Those who can’t make up their mind can choose the mixed bittergarnituur (fried appetiser platter) and wash it down with either a bottle of rosé (La Promenade, an elegant mix of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, is highly recommended) or a carafe of their red or white house wine. Dinner choices include starters such as a pancake with slowly stewed Iberico pork belly, tuna sashimi or carpaccio with truffl e mayonnaise. For your main, try the glazed, fall-off-the-bone ribs or their crisp, buttery sole (also on the lunch menu) which comes with a zingy ravigote sauce. I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I’ve ordered this – it’s addictively good! End your meal on a sweet note with mouthwatering desserts such as French toast with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon sugar and Cointreau or a refreshing, palate-cleansing Scoppino. Though not listed as part of the dessert menu, their iced coffee is one of the best I’ve ever tried. Lusciously thick and full of nutty, robust fl avour. The restaurant is open from 10:00 hrs, which means you can also pop by for a breakfast of cake and coffee on a weekend morning. It’s good to know that in the colder months, De Zeemeeuw is just as appealing inside as it is in the summer outside. Follow my example and order a gin tonic while perusing the menu and basking in the glow of a crackling fire.
Eetgelegenheid en strandpaviljoen De Zeemeeuw
Open from 10:00 hrs
T: 029 426-1234