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“Fish and Meat at its best”

Urban Frenchy Bistro Toujours
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Ranked #4 of 344 Restaurants in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$47
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Authentic urban Frenchy bistro offering great French wines at surprisingly affordable prices, lobsters, dry aged beef and oysters.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Just back from a lovely relaxing few days in Haarlem. One of the joys of getting away is eating out and in the three days we had some truly good food. The best was Toujours, a new fish and meat restaurant located just behind the church in the square . Toujours is a new venture owned by the wonderful people who also own and run the best place to stay in Haarlem, B&B L'Anders( see my previous review). The restaurant is modern and casual in decor but with a fresh warmth to it. Perfect service from our knowledgable hosts and waiter. We started with a sparkling glass of wine and perused the well put together menus. Very good daily specials. We were celebrating so went for the Plateau de fruits de mer grand to share , it was perfect with a large selection of oysters, lobster, mussels, prawns and what we call razor fish. We also had a bowl of the best fretes! Great selection of wines by the glass or bottle. What a splendid evening we had!

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Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

This hasn't been 'Toujours' for very long, however in the two times I've been here, the menu has completely changed due to a new chef. Slightly disappointing as the first time we were there, one of us had a burger - which was delicious - but the second time, there was no burger on the menu.

The decor is very hip, lots of butchery-themed aspects and interesting light-fittings. Good atmosphere, although I've never seen the place full.

The food is good; I can recommend the steak (but not the belly cut that they seemed to be pushing one night we were there - found this too rich in flavour and chewy). The lobster and the now discontinued burger are/were excellent. All come with great fries and mayo.

I also had the onion soup both times, but I think the first chef's take on it was much better than the second chef's.

A nice surprise was how great the desserts are. Their apple pie is a very modern take on a Dutch classic, served with a delectable vanilla sauce (in a ceramic milk carton no less!)

The staff are very friendly, but I think they've been told to adopt an American waiting on style... I'm all for friendly service, but this bordered on disruptive at times.

Overall, this is one of the 'cooler' restaurants in Haarlem, serving tasty, well-presented food in a stylish setting. I will go back, and would definitely sign a petition to bring back that burger!

Thank Anexpatwifeytalks
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We went here on a dining city offer for a lobster menu. The food was good and we enjoyed the starter, the main course was lobster, my husband had it cooked on the grill and it tasted very smokey, mine was boiled and tasted better. The pudding was a huge slice of chocolate tart which was rich and tasty. The wine was good.
The down side was the service - it was very slow. We had booked the table for 7.30, the starter came quite quickly but the main course was slow and didn't arrive until after 9pm. I appreciate the lobster was cooked to request but we were tired and out of wine/water by the time our desert arrived at 10pm!.
The restaurant used to be Koetjes and Kalfjes and the interior has not changed much, it is just now a fish and meat restaurant.
I will go back and hopefully the service will improve.

Thank MissGeorgeLittle
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I just had dinner with family members in this great restaurant and I can safely say this is one of the top place I have eaten in lately (and we travel extensively). Food quality is top, after some drinks at the bar and a complimentary charcuterie plate we moved to our table and I enjoyed great mussels and an incredible mousse au chocolat for dessert. The wine was recommended by the owner and that alone was worth the outing (an incredible South African vintage). Service impeccable and very friendly, great atmosphere, very reasonable prices, top value for money. Will come back soon and felt the urge to recommend as well. That's now done. Great meal, great place!!!

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Thank JPL42
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