Rotterdam is famous for many things, including Schmidt Zeevis, where most restaurants source their fish from. When I heard they are partnered with a fish restaurant in the city centre at the Rode Zand, it was investigation time. The atmosphere is hip, lush and cosy, the gin collection very up to par (for coffee lovers, there is one with coffee beans, just do it) and the service is attentive and friendly.
Although there are some meat options on the menu, it is the fish that rules here. Every week there is a special, and we were lucky to have black tiger shrimps with salsa verde for a euro per piece (no, this is not a typo). The oysters were silty freshness, the (mild) tuna tataki was divine in all its excellent simplicity. The butterfly shrimp is my new favourite fried fish. The poke bowl did get an eyebrow raise to be honest, a poke bowl with udon noodles, really? But it’s sheer brilliance! We had the fish poke bowl which was rich with fresh tuna and salmon sashimi.
All the accompaniments, including the freshest of wakame salad and edamame beans, zesty sauces and zingy wasabi finish the perfect meal. On Sundays the oysters are a Euro each — paired with the delicious rolls, there is always a reason to go to Beet for a bite.