A piece of advice for the readers of this article: if you decide to pay a visit to Arzu, make sure that you have a big enough appetite. Otherwise, the battle against the pancakes will be lost, and this is not something that should happen, especially on a rainy winter day when the calories are most needed.
Arzu is in Rotterdam Noord, a neighborhood that does not remind you of the skyscraper image of Rotterdam. Instead, here one will find small grocery shops, local businesses, and Dutch houses with beautiful brickwork facades.
Back to Arzu, this place has reinvented the definition of pancake, or at least it has expanded on it! Here one can find sweet and savory pancakes with elaborate names and creative flavors. Some recipes are borrowed from well-known cakes such as red velvet and carrot cake, but my personal favorite is the Pixie dust with pashmak and pistachio. Unforgettable. The space is small, and it fills up quite easily, which makes it difficult to find a table in the weekend. Which is why I would recommend a weekday visit instead.
There is a long table at the split-level upstairs, and few more tables right at the entrance. The hanging plants make the place warmer, and the mosaic on the floor adds an old-times touch, as do the flowers on every table.
On your way out, don’t forget to treat yourself with one of the amazing homemade food bars that are the specialty of the owner.