If you think a good brunch is an essential part of a perfect weekend, then you’re a lot like me. And if you just happen to be in Rotterdam for the weekend, I’ve got a gem of a brunch place for you.
For a delicious brunch in Rotterdam, look no further than Memory Lane. Situated on Hoogstraat in the city center, this casual, cool restaurant serves both breakfast and a proeverij (tasting) lunch until 5 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Marlon and I started our 24-hour date night in Rotterdam with brunch here. I was already charmed by their hilarious Twitter come-ons, but when we walked in we knew we had chosen the right place.
It’s homey, cozy, unpretentious, and casually cool without trying too hard. The relaxed combination of recycled wood, old cafeteria-style tables and chairs, and haphazardly piled cookbooks appealed to the deepest recesses of my eclectic granny heart.
And then there was the food.
Whenever Marlon and I find a tasting menu, we usually take it, as we’ve found it’s a great way to enjoy a wider variety of flavors in about the same number of bites as you’d have in just one dish. At Memory Lane, we opted for the tasting lunch, three courses for €17.50—each one a surprise, and totally up to the chef (taking individual dietary preferences into account, of course).
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves: know only that everything was as vibrant, mouth-watering and flavorful as it looks.
Huge plus points: outdoor seating and delicious home-brewed iced tea (perfect for summery weekends like this one), high chairs (woohoo! A restaurant that doesn’t hate parents!) and outstanding service. We were actually greeted with a smile, which doesn’t happen often, especially when you enter a small-ish restaurant with a stroller and a baby.
It leads me to wonder: are people in Rotterdam really friendlier than in Amsterdam? Oooh, tickling the old rivalry here. You may discuss, or not; as for me, I’m already thinking about my next brunch in Rotterdam!