As my last review for the Haarlem Review Board, I decided that I needed to cross off the often recommended – Het Pakhuis . This restaurant was nominated by numerous Haarlem locals when I asked for a good, affordable place to eat with the family. As I live closer to Bruxelles, I already had a restaurant that met these criteria.
Friday night and we have a table booked for 7pm at Het Pakhuis. The restaurant is located in Gravinnesteeg, hence not filled with wandering tourists. The interior is spacious compared to most Haarlem restaurants, yet some tables seem to be too close (gezellig overload) to their neighbouring table. Serving staff look professional, are capable and welcoming.
Nachos (€7.50) with pulled pork – served hot with a side dish of guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Acceptable Mexican classic needing more topping to avoid the half full bowl of dry corn chips.
Smoked Duck (€7.50) with asparagus, avocado and a dressing of pomegranate seeds and chestnuts. Nice taste but would have liked more than one asparagus spear.
Moroccan Lamb Stew (€13.50) with Merguez Sausage, chickpeas and couscous. Nice combination of flavours compliments the tender lamb pieces.
Salad with smoked salmon roulades and prawns (€13.50). Very light on the prawns and heavy on the cream cheese filling – yet balanced by the green salad and light dressing.
Three balls of sorbet (€5.50) (raspberry, lemon, mango) served with fresh fruit in a glass jar.
Our total bill including a bottle of house rose, glass of Albarino, and a limoncello came to €72. Complimentary bottles of water were served throughout the evening. Accompaniments of bread and fries were served with the meal. The service was fast and efficient and the staff were friendly. The food wasn’t a gastronomic triumph, but it was honest. The atmosphere of Het Pakhuis was good. We will return to this restaurant with the larger family before leaving Haarlem in a few weeks.