Restaurant: Mon through Sat 5:30 pm - 12 midnight Eetcafé: Sun/Mon 11 am -12 midnight, Tue through Thu 10 am - 1 am, Fri/Sat 10 am - 2 am
|Cuisines||French-InternationalBistronomyVegetarian Choices AvailableFine Dining|
|Price category||Average check between €35 and €80 pp|
|Tags||RestaurantsOpen on SundaysOpen on MondaysDinnerLunchOutdoor SeatingLive MusicCasual AtmosphereWriters report Included|
The restaurant upstairs is closed on Sunday but the cafe downstairs is open for food and drink.
Known to All
Every inhabitant of Delft knows De Waag—if not because of its monumental status as a late medieval Weigh House, then surely because of its terrace on the Markt, or because it was the first Dutch café to accept payment in bitcoins.
Pub Downstairs, Restaurant Upstairs
But there’s knowing, and there is knowing. And to be frank, a lot of Delftians don’t really know De Waag. They know there is a pub/bistro on the ground floor, and they probably think that’s all there is to it. They would be mistaken. A steep, circular staircase takes you upstairs to De Waag, the restaurant (and for those not up for the circular climb, an ordinary staircase located behind De Waag—facing the Wijnhaven, will also get you to the top). This Waag is a bit less well known. It doesn’t jump out at passersby, but it does reward those that make their way upwards.
The surprise menu is exactly that: surprising; but it is more than just that. It is inventive, at times refined and at others astonishing. The cool pork shoulder layered with calf’s liver, croquettes made of ‘hete bliksem’ (a mashpot of potato, apple and onion), the freshest pike-perch with ponzu sauce and Venus clams, the succulent black rice risotto—if you don’t happen to be in Delft (always a good idea), it is worth a trip there to partake of these heavenly delights.
Wine and Cheese
The wine cellar collection, overseen by sommelier Frank Junnarkar, is well sought out, original and on the mark, and the cheeses under the enormous glass cloche (from affineur Michel van Tricht, from Berchem) are world class.
Stairway to Heaven
Everyone needs a new Delft Blue tile every now and again, and as long as you’re there, take the stairway to heaven (a word to the wise: carefully!) at De Waag, the restaurant. At the end of the day, the food here is very good, indeed.