At the end of March we received an e-mail from Het laatste tafeltje (translation: The last table) if we were open for a collaboration. While we had heared of the name, we were not yet familiar with this new company that offers the last free restaurant tables at discount prices with a nice arrangement. The company is now active in the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. It sounded like an initiative that is perfect for us: we love to go out to dinner, we love testing restaurants in the city and we love doing things on a budget. So of course we said yes. We were offered to try the vegetarian wine arrangement at Kwajongens Eetcafé on the Schuitendiep. On a sunny Tuesday evening in April we sat down in a still empty restaurant…
Just before our arrival Anneloes had made a phone call to the restaurant to ask about the vegan food available. Unfortunately it was too late te create a vegan dessert. We decided to go anyway. First we exchanged the wine for another drink, because we both aren’t big on alcohol. The owner told us he had homemade raspberry lemonade and of course we could not say no to that! It proved a good choice. Mmm!
We could choose from the menu which was a plus really. Very often arrangements are pre- arranged and you are not allowed to choose from the menu. We like choosing what we eat ourselves.
Of the appetizers only the olives were vegan. The tapenades that came with the bread contained gelatin and animal rennet. Anneloes choose the bread with the dips because the chef said he could make some new vegan dips: a coarse garlicky hummus, tomato ‘tea’ and a tomato tapenade. The last one tasted a bit bland. We prefer an olive tapenade: very simple and very easy with just some kalamata olives.
I choose the ‘tompouce’ made with a sweet potato puree and a top and bottom layer of old cheese. The puree was amazing. It had some other veggies in in and sweet red onion, mmm. I would have loved a whole plate of that!
As a main course we both ordered the chick pea burger on foccacia bread with tzatziki sauce. The vegan dish that’s always on the menu was a Thai curry, but we personally prefer to eat a Thai curry at a Thai restaurant. Two main courses that were supposedly vegetarian were actually not because the cheese had animal rennet in it. They sounded pretty good though. But as we both love homemade burgers, the choice was easy. No cheese in those, but not vegan either as the patty contains and egg and the tzatziki is made from yoghurt. The burgers were served with a mustard mayo, fries, a rhubarb compote and a raw salad.
While our enthousiasm for the rhubarb was huge (we thought the season had not even started yet!) we were a bit dissapointed after tasting. It tasted kind of watery. The owner listened to us as we told him it might be a good idea to add some spices like cinnamon, star anise or maybe some vanilla.
The bottom half of the foccacia bread was a bit soggy because the chef had ‘attached’ it to the plates with a dollop of tzatziki. We understand why he did it, but it makes the bread a bit soggy.
Even though the burger was made with egg, it still did not hold together very well when we tried to cut it and lift it. But the taste was really good.
When we were ready for dessert, the owner had just found out that 3 of the desserts contained gelatin (made from the bones of pigs, brrr!!). Only the ice cream was actually vegetarian, but as we both don’t like really ‘just plain ice cream’ for dessert, we skipped that. The owner told us they also serve sherbet ice but unfortunately it’s not vegan while most sherbet ice cream is… As an alternative for the skipped dessert we were offered coffee. Very sympathetic!
Kwajongens is a cozy cafe kind of diner. It’s small, only 24 seats available and some places at the bar. The menu is amazingly refreshing and original. The owner is willing to listen and wants you to have a great evening. Definately a plus!
We are very enthousiastic about ‘Het laatste tafeltje’. We will definately try different arrangements if they are suitable for vegetarians/vegans. We love the lower prices. Sometimes you have to be inside before a certain time, like for instance 6pm, but that’s not a problem for us. Two of our favorite restaurants in Groningen are also on ‘Het laatste tafeltje’: Greek restaurant Olympia and Smaeck. Yes! Very good initiative. And great news: soon this concept will be available in Overijssel and Utrecht as well. It will not take long before the whole of The Netherlands will be able to enjoy this. Please do try!
Website ‘Het laatste tafeltje’, right now only available in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. We did not have to pay for this arrangement.