Tucked away on the Deliplein on Katendrecht is Koffiebar Namaste. The name is well-chosen as once you walk in, you know all is well with the world and everything will be alright. The homemade goods wink at you from behind the counter, reminding you to save a spot for dessert. Try the cinnamon-pecan bun or tahini brownie which bring a smile to your face. They have a croissant that, well honestly raised my eyebrow, but I was wrong. Of course, a Za’atar croissant makes sense, especially combined with the strawberry and tarragon jam and butter. Have a hankering for eggs? Shakshuka is always a good idea. Your only problem will be deciding between the red and the green version, but both versions are equally delicious.
To me, nothing is more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich. At Koffiebar Namaste they managed to make the humble cheese toasty a culinary experience. There is the golden oldie with Old Rotterdam Cheese and the wink to the Middle East with the Tel-Aviv with aubergine, feta and smoked ketchup. Asian flavours your thing? Decision time; are you going to South Korea or Japan? The choice between the Seoul – roast chicken, kimchi and gochujang mayo – and the Tokyo – tuna, miso and wasabi-sesame mayo – is nearly impossible. You will simply have to return. The chicken sausage roll spiced with ras-el-hanout makes a tasty snack. Wash it down with one of their homemade lemonades or great brewed coffee.
At Koffiebar Namaste you will leave zen and fulfilled.