One Day in Rotterdam: Top Local Eats and Treats

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Nerello: A Taste of Authentic Italy

Step into Nerello, and you'll feel like you've been transported straight to Italy. Verified by Italians themselves, this restaurant is a haven for those seeking truly authentic Italian cuisine.

Imagine being a diner who takes that first delightful bite and can't help but exclaim, "This is fantastic, authentic Italian food!". We had a tagliatelle dish with parmesan and truffle, alongside the sumptuous lamb, and they were simply heavenly. And for dessert, tiramisu provided the perfect sweet ending. Each dish was a masterpiece, not just in taste but in presentation.

Nerello's extensive wine menu specialized in aromatic Sicilian blue grapes complements the culinary experience flawlessly, catering to diverse preferences.

But it's not just the food that shines here; the service is equally outstanding. The attentive, friendly, and personable staff with a romantic terras create an ambiance that makes you feel like a regular, even if it's your first visit.

Nerello is a true reminiscence of dining in Italy, and it's a place you'll want to return to, again and again. With a variety of delicious vegetarian options, it ensures that every diner has a truly authentic Italian experience.

Tosca: A Taste of Italy in Rotterdam Oude Noorden

In the vibrant district of Rotterdam Noord, an Italian gem awaits – Tosca. It's the kind of place that quickly becomes a top-of-mind choice for those seeking the essence of Italian cuisine.

What sets Tosca apart are its dishes: a perfect blend of sophistication and surprise. Refined simplicity is the hallmark here, leaving diners delighted. However, it's not just the food that's enchanting; it's the warmth and attentiveness of the staff. A visit to Tosca feels like a long vacation, where you're made to feel right at home.

While the interior of Tosca offers a cozy ambiance, it's the outdoor terrace that truly captivates. Regarded as perhaps the most beautiful in Rotterdam, it's like a piece of Italy right in the heart of the city.

The menu is a testament to culinary expertise, where dishes are not just tasty but also creatively presented. The wine selection is curated with precision, and the staff's knowledge ensures a perfect pairing for your meal.

One pro tip: remember to secure your reservations in advance. Tosca's reputation is well-deserved, making it a must-visit destination for Italian food enthusiasts in Rotterdam Noord.

Texican Rotterdam: Where Gourmet Burgers Meet Mexican Delights

This Mexico-Texas restaurant's commitment to quality shines through in every dish. For those craving the juiciest gourmet burgers, Texican delivers with freshly baked brioche buns from Jordy's Bakery – because a burger without a good bun is like a car with bad tires. 

And what's a burger without the perfect fries? Texican serves them with locally sourced, skin-on potatoes, cut a mere 12 hours before gracing your plate.

When it comes to Mexican food, Texican takes authenticity to heart. Their nachos and tacos start with real corn tortillas made from freshly pressed corn kernels. All Mexican dishes are accompanied by fresh pico de gallo, sour cream, tomatillo, salsa, and of course, GUACAMOLE.

And here's the real kicker - even in the full rush of the restaurant, the top-notch customer service shines. The staff is not just gentle and approachable, but their warm service elevates the dining experience.

Don't forget to pair your meal with a range of exotic fruit-flavored Jarritos Mexican sodas or their handcrafted cocktails, curated by an award-winning bartender. To top it off, indulge in heavenly desserts like Oreo red velvet and Snickers cheesecakes.

Texican is where exceptional meets delectable, and where service is as satisfying as the food. It's a food journey that caters to the most discerning taste buds, ensuring every bite and sip is a delight.

El Gaucho Steakhouse Rotterdam: Where Argentina Steak Excellence Awaits

When it comes to a carnivore's paradise, El Gaucho Steakhouse in Rotterdam reigns supreme. As a part of the upscale Argentina-themed restaurant chain, El Gaucho, which was founded in 2011, you're guaranteed a top-notch dining experience.

With 23 well-established locations in Europe and Asia, El Gaucho's reputation for excellence in both the quality of their meat and service is firmly established. What's more, right here in Rotterdam, you can discover a slice of Argentina heaven.

The star of the show, of course, is the Argentina steak. The extensive menu showcases a mouthwatering selection of cuts, including filet steak, sirloin, rump steak, ribeye, and more. What's even better? You have the freedom to choose the portion size that suits your appetite, ranging from 225 grams to a hearty 400 grams.

El Gaucho Steakhouse offers more than just a meal; it's an experience that promises to satisfy your carnivorous cravings. Whether you're a devoted steak enthusiast or just someone in search of an exceptional dining adventure, El Gaucho is where quality and indulgence meet. Don't miss the opportunity to experience this Argentinian gem right here in Rotterdam.

Takumi Sapporo Ramen Kitchen: Where Bold Flavors and Fusion Delights Unite

In the culinary world, few dishes are as universally loved as a steaming bowl of ramen. When it comes to exploring this Japanese comfort food in the Netherlands, Takumi Ramen stands out as an absolute must-visit.

With locations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Eindhoven, Takumi Ramen has firmly proven itself as a culinary sensation. Specifically in Rotterdam, they already had 4 locations. What sets this ramen brand apart is its fusion of Japanese and Chinese influences, resulting in an exciting mélange of flavors that's bound to tantalize your taste buds.

But it's not just about fusion; it's about creativity. Takumi Ramen boasts a youthful and inventive vibe that shines through in its dishes. The portion sizes are generous, ensuring you leave with a full belly and a satisfied soul.

The menu is a treasure trove of ramen variations, from the rich Black Garlic Miso broth with fried shrimps and chicken to the savory Kara Ebi Shoyu Ramen with a hint of spice. Each bowl tells a culinary story, and trying them all is an adventure in itself.

So, if you're seeking an unforgettable ramen experience with a twist, look no further than Takumi Ramen. 

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