This Sunday Desmond had an ‘Instameet’ organised by Sophia van den Hoek from Unfolded. We had a beautiful day walking through Rotterdam and trying out some delicious hot spots. One of them we were quite curious about but never made the time to go there, shame on us. This was Lux Rotterdam. We had some delicious authentic Italian dishes made and prepared by owner Milan Gantaric, but different from what you expect from most restaurants. Most Italians serve pizza or pasta but at Lux, you also find different kinds of dishes like the salt crust celery root we had. Inspired from Romain cuisine you will probably find something you’d never suspect which makes the experience even greater. This place is perfect for a romantic dinner on a first date. While tasting we had the time to take lots of photos so this page might take some time to load, but we can promise you won’t be disappointed.
At arrival we were greeted by our host – and owner – Milan. We started with freshly baked sourdough bread served with a butter made from buffalo milk, which tastes divine! After that, we’ve got a selection of charcuterie served with thin slices of pear. Although it was still la bit early who are we to dis a good Italian wine. Which fitted perfectly with all of the dishes. The wine was a Pinot Grigio from the North of Italy.
After the charcuterie, we got something which looked like a loaf of bread. But nothing was as it seems, cause this was a salt dough crust filled with a delicious celery root. Something we’ve never had and we couldn’t wait to try. Before our eyes, chef Milan cut open the crust to reveal the celery root which we cut in thin slices and served on plates for us with some browned sage butter on top. The taste was amazing especially from something like celery root, which you wouldn’t imagine having much taste. After a long photo session, what else would you expect from an Instameet, we dug into this delicious dish. This technique really is something we will remember for a recipe in the near future.
When we were almost ready to go the next hotspot Milan asked us if we had any room for dessert. And who are we to skip that. He grabbed a big pan from the kitchen with the most amazing looking bread pudding, which was made from sourdough bread. After us taking some photos he took it back to serve it with caramel sauce and roasted pear which was as crisp as chips. A delicious end to some exciting new dishes which only had us craving for more.
Thanks to Milan for being our host and chef for this delicious afternoon.
If you’re in Rotterdam you should consider booking here since it truly is one of the many hidden gems this city has to offer. You can find them at ‘s-Gravendijkwal 133 in Rotterdam. If you go there please let us know with the hashtag #ourhangrykitchen.