Rotterdam; some years ago locals called it the most beautiful ugly city of the Netherlands. Now, years later, most of them call it just the most beautiful city. Personally I agree, especially in summer. The trees are green again, ducks and birds are happily flying around and the sun is smiling at you as if it has never been winter.
It is the perfect time of the year to get your ass out of your comfortable sofa and onto your bike. Cycle around and hop into one of those lovely spots around the city. A while ago while cycling back home after a nice dinner at Tosca (check the Tosca article) I noticed a small cosy restaurant called SPECK. The spot was closed already but a peek through the window was enough to make me realise I had to come back another time. A bunch of small wooden tables, some stuff on the shelves on the wall and the most interesting piece in the back, a huge stone oven. A little voice in my head told me ‘this must be good’. After a few visits I can honestly tell you that the voice in my head was completely right. It is good.
SPECK serves a small menu with different kinds of dishes, of course, from the oven. There is pizza and meat but the stew is still one of my favourites. For a drink you can get a good house-wine for a reasonable price.