In Den Haag (The Hague) Hofhouse recently opened and Desmond was invited to try out all kinds of dishes they serve there. Hofhouse is situated right next to Den Haag Centraal Station so it’s easy to access and perfect to combine with a train trip to Den Haag. Inside they have a bar and several food courts which all have different kinds of kitchens to try.
Hofhouse is a food market of about 1.000 square meters situated right in the centre of Den Haag. It combines 8 different food cultures under one roof. Perfect to go for lunch, dinner, or even have a work meeting in a beautiful high ceiling atmosphere with good light.
Divided into 8 food cultures (2 which are pop-ups and change each season) with a nice sitting area (I love the plants) and a bar with lots of drinks and cocktails I think Den Haag really has something awesome in the city.
Some of the new hot spots are SLA (which also has breakfast), Burgerz, Da Porta VIA, MadMex, Noomi and Toastable. So as you can see they have something for everyone or you can just combine them.
Of course, I couldn’t help myself and just had to try everything at every stand. To not bore you with an extremely long story I’ll tell you about some of my favourites.
The ones you definitely have to try are the oysters from Zilt en Zalig, the burgers from Burgerz, and the ice from Lekkernijs. Why you might ask? Well, I never had such delicious oysters as from Zilt en Zalig. Their secret is they let them rest in water for up to 3 to 5 years which shows in the flavour.
Burgerz is a family run company, with the father being the butcher and the sisters running Burgerz. The perfect combination and it shows in the quality of the meat. Be sure to also try their fries, but be warned of the garlic option. It tastes amazing, but don’t dare to plan a date afterwards.
And for dessert be sure to try Lekkernijs. The secret to their ice is making it from nitrogen. Because they use nitrogen and fresh fruit (also cocktail options) they pack a huge bunch of flavours you can never get with regular ice cream. Or at least I haven’t found ice cream that tasteful yet.
On the different menu’s of the food courts you can find lots of different option. For a quick snack, take-away, or even dinner you’re good with all kinds of options. Price wise I think you get what you pay for with a lot of good (biological) ingredients of good quality. The prices are a little above what you probably would pay somewhere else. But I think that is justified with the quality and the setting where you are. Although personally, the toasties from Toastable are a bit pricey. I wouldn’t pay €8,50 for a toastie I can make myself quite easily at home for the fraction of the price. But I’m probably not the Amsterdam hipster who likes to overpay for food :)
And of course knowing me I made lots of photos of the food. So hopefully you guys are inspired and are sure to try Hofhouse once.
You can find Hofhouse at Rijnstraat 10 in Den Haag. And they are open from Ma-We 07.30-21.30, Th-Fr 07.30-23.00, Sa 09.00-23.00 & Su 10.00-21.30