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Dekxels

Author: Mārtiņš Rītiņš1 COMMENT

Dekxels

If you wish to indulge your fascination with oriental cuisine and yet not become overwhelmed by it at a Japanese or Chinese restaurant, the slightly romantic Dekxels is waiting for you in one of the largest cities of the Netherlands. A tasteful restaurant in the very heart of the Haag, it offers a unique blend of the western and oriental cuisines.
When the evening comes, the dusky room is ideal for a quiet conversation or a solitary dinner; the large windows will let you watch the passing traffic or the bustle of city life. If the latter is getting on your nerves, however, on a warm summer night you can also enjoy the gastronomic wonders of Dekxels on the small terrace in the yard. Chefs are prepared to serve no more than 50 customers at a time, therefore advance booking is advisable.
Unlike the French restaurant traditions, the kitchen staff working under the head chef Joost Maarschalkerweerd are mostly young masters of culinary; that's why almost every meal surprises with original and fresh choice of ingredients and presentation. The influence of Indonesian cuisine, so popular in the Netherlands, can also be felt in this restaurant.
The Thai hamburger is not even remotely reminiscent of the fast food version - the finely chopped duck breast, lightly seared from the outside and served with sweet potatoes tastes more like your Granny's meat croquettes. Scallops in the traditional Indonesian peanut sauce with steamed Shanghai pak choi (that's a bit like Chinese cabbage) will offer your taste buds the best of western and oriental cuisines in one.
Don't even think of turning your nose up at Dekxels sauerkraut: they stew it fresh with cream and elegantly serve with grilled salmon and fresh cucumber.
Even an experienced gourmet will be surprised by the combination of crispy veal sweetbreads with brandade (a purée of salted or smoked fish with olive oil and milk or cream) and eel, just like by the uncharacteristic soy and butter mix served with fillet of plaice and langouste tails.
Feel free to share your enthusiasm with the head chef himself who is taking personal care of the wellbeing of his guests and will be delighted to spare a moment for a friendly, informal chat at your table.
Don't go to Dekxels to unbutton your too-tight trousers after a hefty dinner; go there to enjoy a leisurely meal. For EUR 9-13.5 you can have a starter of your choice, the main course will cost you EUR 17-24. The menu is revised every three months, therefore the restaurant is worth visiting again and again.

Open for dinner: Monday-Thursday 5.30 pm - 10 pm
Friday-Saturday 5.30 pm - 11 pm
Sunday 5.30-10 pm

Denneweg 130, Den Haag, NL
Phone: 070 365 97 88

www.dekxels.nl

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Baiba Rubesa

Visited: 10 September 2010

Thanks to this recommendation I spent a sublime dining evening in Den Haag. The menu has, indeed changed. But this was the BEST carpaccio I have ever tasted (sorry, Martin) the fusion of Asian and European cuisine melting in the mouth. Atmosphere - comfortable, but not overbearing; service - lovely and the final bill - very commensurate with what was enjoyed. If anything - less expensive than I expected.

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