Here I am gobbling away at Koren-Beurs…a lovely dining spot owned by a dude called, Hans–who you see with me above–and his lovely wife…can’t remember her name, sorry.
Hans and his wife ran a B & B on the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily for a year. The wife told me that she learned a lot about food preparation and cooking from the Sicilians. . .so, they returned to their home here in Haarlem and are now showing off their new culinary talents in this wonderful restaurant. . .mmm, aaaahh. . .and I am a lucky boy for having found this place and these folks.
I have been here working for a full week, and I have been gobbling their daily fish board each and every evening–it is freakin’ delicious–jaaa!! The wife does all of the cooking, and Hans runs the front-of-house and the bar.
The fish board is a daily selection of sole, salmon, tuna, shrimp, mussels, calamari, and razor clams prepared with delectable seasonings and dipping sauces–a wonderful mixture of Dutch and Sicilian styles melded together into something totally gobble-worthy. . .I love it all! Plus, everything is served with fresh greens, beans, tomatoes, and roasted potatoes all topped off with a nicely cooked boiled egg. And the whole thing is washed down with crisp Etna white wine. . .thank-you-veddy-much. . .one of the world’s truly finest whites, in my humble, know-nothing opinion.
Koren-Beurs is Dutch for “grain market”. . .this building used to be a grain market here on the bank of one of the main canals in town and just a five-minute walk from the St. Bove Cathedral in the center of Haarlem…good work converting this building into a dining haven. Delightful location, friendly staff, cozy atmosphere, and DELICIOSO FOOD make this a wonderful place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner…yes, they serve all three as they are open from morning to late at night.
So, if you ever find yerself wanderin’ around in Haarlem over here in The Netherlands lookin’ for somethin’ good to eat, then head on into Koren Beurs. . .you will find dining satisfaction here–I gar-ron-taaaaayy!!
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