The Hague Food Guide


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Takumi took this lockdown and went all out with their delivery and take away. Cool designed paper bags, special containers, instruction sheet to assemble and heat your ramen. They also sell t-shirts and sweaters. The quality of the food hasn’t suffered. Even their chopsticks comes in a cool wrapper!

2020 is the year of ramen and Japanese food trends. It started slowly in 2017 but is now gaining traction at full speed. First came the poke bowl shops. Which now to my last count there are 7. Starting at Mingle Mush all the way to Prinsestraat. While the poke is Hawaiian, it was heavily influenced by Japanese food.

There are a couple of traditional Japanese places. At Kerkplein you can find Tengu. An Izakaya style (Japanese pub food) pop up in Beergarden. There is Yuzu at Bierkade. A modern Asian-style dining bar. And now ramen shops are popping up everywhere. I have two more on my list to try, unless more open by then.

Takumi opened a short while ago. It’s a chain ramen shop that started in Düsseldorf. There is one shop in Rotterdam and now one in The Hague. Takumi has the same modern vibe as The Vegan Junkfood Bar. You feel like you are dining inside a lomo picture. Nice atmosphere to relax with a warm bowl of ramen.

They have an extensive ramen menu, curry dishes and several side dishes.

There is Japanese beer, non-alcoholic beer, Ramune (that are tricky to open without it spraying everywhere), green tea and your regular selection of softdrinks.

My favourite ramen is the veggie shoyu ramen. I order it with extra toppings. Next I want to try the Spicy Veggie Ramen. The ramen is so filling that I don’t have any more room for dessert. They have black sesam ice cream and matcha ice cream.

Curiously, there is no beef dish on the menu. There is everything, from tuna, pork to shrimp and fried chicken. But no beef.