CLEEFF – A neighbourhood haven

I hate to admit this, but I have been to CLEEFF three times in the last 36 hours. I love this place to the point of becoming a café regular or stalker.

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CLEEFF is situated on the corner spot that was previously occupied by a chemist (apotheek). The café is bright, due to large windows and the use of light colours. Bonus for everyone – is the children’s room at the back of the café!

The food menu is creative, inexpensive, fresh – and based on the delicious warm smoked salmon + beet + avocado+ horseradish cream sandwich (€6.50) that I enjoyed yesterday – is going to make many health and taste conscious customers happy.

I also love that coffee and other warm beverages are served with a heavenly bit-size piece of home-made chocolate fudge.

cleeffThis place has been opened for a few months – and is already popular with the local Kleverpark residents. Open workdays from 8.30am-6.00pm (hooray!! a breakfast venue!!) and on weekends 10am-6.00pm (hooray!! long lunch + wine), with free WiFi and table service – CLEEFF has made it to the top of my daytime eateries.

Address:  Kleverparkweg 13, Kleverpark, Haarlem



Zap Thai – spicy stuff in the burbs

Feeling the need for something spicy without the hassle of dressing up to look for a free table in Haarlem Centrum on a Saturday evening, we headed to Kleverpark and Zap Thai, a restaurant that offers dine-in, take-out and home-delivered thai food.The restaurant belongs to a husband-wife (Dutch-Thai) team. Their hope is to become an integral member of the local neighbourhood – like a neighbourhood meeting place, albeit with tasty food to attract a local following.

Complimentary Cassave Kroepoek arrived at the table as soon as we were seated. We ordered a bottle of decent sauvignon blanc (€20.50) – and made our selection from the extensive menu.
Yam Woen Sen: for entrée we split a noodle salad comprised of a mix of seafood, chicken, rice noodles, herbs and salad decoration. The seafood tasted fresh and was aptly spiced by the herbs and chillies.
Talay Phad Nam Prik Pao: Seafood stir-fried with onion and sambal. Delicious, generous helping of seafood and vegetables. Able to distinguish all flavors. Attractive dish.
Ped Phad Khing: Duck stir-fried with ginger and vegetables. Lots of soft duck pieces complimented by the ginger in this lovely dish.zap1

The restaurant interior is simple: green, wooden tables and chairs, and walls decorated with Thai images. When we arrived the restaurant was empty, but the kitchen was obviously busy with home delivery orders. The service was friendly and professional. The food was spicy as requested; fresh and delicious. Total bill including rice and wine: €62.
Zap Thai is a worthy addition to the list of Haarlem Asian restaurant – and will hopefully become an established eating venue in Kleverpark.