Rotterdam's SUGO Pizza: Embracing plant-based cuisine

Rotterdam's SUGO Pizza: Embracing plant-based cuisine

ROTTERDAM, 5 June 2023 – The culinary scene in Rotterdam has always been a melting pot of innovation and tradition, and SUGO Pizza is no exception. The popular pizzeria, renowned for its square, airy 'pizza al taglio' (pizza by the slice), is making a notable shift this month. While dishes containing animal products were previously highlighted on the menu, the reverse is now true, with markings being placed on dishes containing plant-based ingredients.

A paradigm shift in dining?

The decision to make this change came from the company's director, Hugo Kruijssen, who explained that the company is striving to meet the growing demand for healthy and plant-based food. One example is the fully plant-based pizza with lamb kebab, red onion, and a dressing of garlic and pimentón. Despite this shift towards plant-based cuisine, milk is not entirely off the menu. Customers preferring non-plant-based milk, however, will be subject to a small surcharge.

A fresh approach to the menu

In addition to a majority of plant-based dishes, the menu also takes a new approach to ingredient labelling. Dishes containing egg, milk, or meat, for instance, are marked with a logo of the corresponding product. This is in line with the pizzeria's commitment to sustainable ingredients and varied plant-based eating. The Roman pizza served at SUGO is known for its high-protein flour, making it easily digestible. The base contains no fat and considerably fewer carbohydrates than an average pizza.

Partnering with Redefine Meat

In its pursuit of innovation, SUGO Pizza has formed a partnership with Redefine Meat, a company focusing on the development of 'new meat' that possesses the same taste, texture, and juiciness as animal meat but is 100% plant-based. This collaboration aims to develop innovative products for the SUGO Pizza menu.

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Directions to SUGO Pizza

SUGO Pizza has various locations in Rotterdam, including at Aert van Nesstraat 20, Weestblaak 87, Kleiweg and Prins Alexanderplein. These vibrant parts of Rotterdam are easily accessible.

Michelin star restaurants in Rotterdam

Michelin star restaurants in Rotterdam

It is every restaurant owner's dream to be featured in the Michelin Guide. So naturally, if you're looking for a truly special dining experience, visiting a restaurant with a Michelin star is definitely a great place to start! We've compiled all of Rotterdam's most respected restaurants for you in one list. 

There are eight Michelin star restaurants in and around the greater Rotterdam area. One of them is actually located in Capelle aan den Ijssel, but the town is so well-connected it is often mistaken as one of the city's many suburbs. 

How the Michelin star system works: 
⭐ One star is awarded to a restaurant that is considered very good in its category. 
⭐⭐ Two stars are awarded to a restaurant that offers excellent cooking and is worth a detour.   
⭐⭐⭐ Three stars are awarded to a restaurant that offers exceptional cuisine and is worth a special journey.  



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YAMA, a one-star Michelin restaurant tucked away in Rotterdam, is the brainchild of Hiroaki Yamamoto. The restaurant welcomes you to a personal immersion into the essence of Japan, accentuated by a minimalist Zen-themed interior. This design is purposefully chosen to draw all attention to Yamamoto's culinary masterpieces, often elegantly presented on his hand-crafted ceramics. The intimacy of the space, accommodating only eight guests around his dining counter, enables Yamamoto to personally weave his narrative into each dish, harmonizing the subtlety and finesse of Japanese tradition with innovative preparations of sushi, tempura, and binchotan-grilled meats.

The chef showcases his artistry with sushi, skillfully preparing it with delicate, perfectly warm rice grains subtly touched by a fine vinegar. Each piece is then adorned with premium ingredients such as glazed eel and yellowtail, seared to perfection right before the guests' eyes. The menu also features a delightfully crispy tempura spring roll, brimming with a luscious combination of crab meat and eggs, encased in a nori sheet. Yamamoto's dishes subtly integrate European influences, seen in his use of Dutch products like wild garlic (daslook), thereby imparting his unique touch to familiar recipes. The fusion of traditional techniques and modern culinary skills at YAMA provides a dining experience unlike any other, so be sure to make a reservation.

Address: Eendrachtsweg 31A, 3012 LC Rotterdam

FG Restaurant ⭐⭐

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Whether you're looking for excellent seafood or beef, in the mood to taste unique cocktails based on house-crafted gin or in the mood for a shot from the most advanced espresso machine in the world, FG Restaurant is an excellent choice.
The menu features unsalted caviar from the White Siberian sturgeon as well as Hida-gyu, which is considered the finest beef in the world. Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? Who cares! FG Restaurant welcomes all patrons, regardless of dress codes. FG is also the only restaurant in the Netherlands with its own 'flavour laboratory.'

Address: Katshoek 37b, 3032 AE Rotterdam

Parkheuvel ⭐⭐

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Parkheuvel, located near the Euromast and on banks of the river Nieuwe Maas, has been crowned with two Michelin stars. Parkheuvel's signature dishes include Oyster, Snails, Wagyu beef, Goose liver, Bresse Chicken and Wild grey-legged partridge. Chef Erik van Loo takes pride in knowing where the ingredients come from and in handpicking suppliers who share the restaurant's philosophy regarding taste and quality.
Parkheuvel's dining room area is shaped like a half-moon, its interior is modern art-deco and the restaurant also has a nice terrace overlooking the river and passing boats. Moreover, if you're bent tasting all the wines, Parkheuvel will even drive you home in your own car! 

Address: Heuvellaan 21, 3016 GL Rotterdam

Fred ⭐⭐

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Fred honours the traditional French cuisine while adding its own special touch to every dish. Fred aims to present foods as they are. At Fred, you'd rarely find any pastes, powders or gel on your plate. Specialties include crustaceans, shellfish and all early vegetables. The cuisine is based on the use of acids. For example, citrus fruit, as it ensures that all the dishes are easily digestible. Fred has two Michelin stars. 
The restaurant is located in the Rotterdam Kralingen area, near the Excelsior stadium and Erasmus University.

Address: Honingerdijk 263-265, 3063 AM Rotterdam

Amarone ⭐

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An open kitchen, a fireplace and luxurious lounge chairs all add to the warm and welcoming vibe at Amarone. The food is based on the French cuisine and their main courses include Dover sole, skin-fried seabass, Anjou pigeon and saddle of venison.
Amarone is also a good choice for wine lovers. Amarone received the "Award of Excellence" for its wine menu from Wine Spectator magazine in 2008 as well as "one star" from The World’s Best Wine List in 2014. 
Amarone is located on Meent; one of the most popular streets in Rotterdam.

Address: Meent 72a, 3011 JN Rotterdam

FG Food Labs ⭐

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FG Food Labs describes itself as an attraction within an attraction. It's located under the Rotterdam Hofbogen, a former railway tunnel. Just like FG Restaurant featured on this list, the atmosphere here is open and laid back and the recipes are perfected in an actual laboratory prior to being presented on the menu. FG Food Labs is in fact decorated in the style of a Spanish bodega, complete with high chairs and Josélito, the best ham in the world, hanging above the bar. 

Address: Katshoek 41, 3032 AE Rotterdam

Joelia ⭐

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Joelia by Mario Ridder offers a dining experience fit for royalty! We know because we once spotted the Dutch king & queen having lunch here. The restaurant is located inside the Hilton Rotterdam, which is a national monument in its own right. All dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and chef Mario's signature dishes include turbot, sole, roe deer and Dutch hare. 

Website: (Dutch)
Address: Coolsingel 5, 3012 AA Rotterdam

Fitzgerald ⭐

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Fitzgerald offers a regularly changing menu comprised of contemporary dished inspired by international cuisine as well as an extensive wine selection numbering in the hundreds. This beautiful restaurant is located in Rotterdam's Oude Haven area (near Blaak) and is named after writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald who famously said: "too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." That we can definitely agree with! 

Address: Gelderseplein 49, 3011WZ Rotterdam

Restaurant The Millèn ⭐

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Restaurant The Millèn serves distinctive dishes with cosmpolitan flavours. The restaurant opened in 2018 and managed to claim its Michelin star within 5 months. Owner and worldclass chef Wim Severein takes great pride in only using local and seasonal ingredients in his culinary creations.
At Restaurant The Millèn, you can either dine a la carte or opt for a four, six or eight-course dinner menu featuring scallop, tuna, cod, chaps, sweetbread, venison, le bouygette and passion fruit.
The Millèn is located on the first floor of the Marriott hotel; the iconic grey tower across the street from Rotterdam Central Station. Private dining in also available for groups of up to 16 people.

Address: Weena 686, 3012 CN Rotterdam

Perceel ⭐

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Perceel was officially opened in 2010 and it only took 16 months before they were awarded their Michelin star. The meals are prepared with seasonal products. Choose from a four, six or eight-course menu featuring fine dishes such as corvina, cod, beef tartare, farm chicken and desserts such as chocolate (70%) or carrot with tripel beer and lovage. The restaurant is located inside the old Town Hall in Capelle aan den IJssel. 

Address: Dorpsstraat 3, 2902 BC Capelle aan den IJssel

Zeezout ⭐

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Seafood restaurant Zeezout - located in the Scheepvaartkwartier in Rotterdam - has been in existence since 1998. Patron Cuisinier Patrick 't Hart understands the art of handling ingredients in a very careful and honest way. At Zeezout, it's not only what's on the plate that's important, but also what happens around the plate. The focus is on consistent quality and attention to the guests. Every dish on the menu promises something special. In the 20 years that Zeezout has been operating, this approach has paid off.
Address: Westerkade 11, 3016 CL Rotterdam
Tres Rotterdam: intimate dining experience

Tres Rotterdam: intimate dining experience

Immerse yourself in an intimate dining experience at Tres Rotterdam, located in the historic Entrepotgebouw, where only 12 guests per night embark on a culinary journey guided by chef Michael van der Kroft and hostess Emy Koster.

An intimate dining experience at Tres Rotterdam

Nestled beneath the Entrepotgebouw (Entrepot Building) at Handelsplein, Tres Rotterdam offers a personal and memorable dining experience for just 12 guests each evening. The former jazz cellar has been thoughtfully transformed into an intimate restaurant where every detail has been carefully considered.

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The culinary philosophy of Emy and Michael

Opened in December 2019 by Emy Koster and chef Michael van der Kroft, Tres aims to create a unique dining experience where guests can fully immerse themselves in the present moment. The restaurant showcases the stories of the farmers and artisans who have contributed to its philosophy, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients, vintage interior touches, and exceptional service.

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A unique setting for an intimate dining journey

Tres' intimate atmosphere is highlighted by guests being seated around a spacious bar encircling the kitchen. The experience takes around three to four hours, with guests enjoying a playful set menu featuring 18 servings, including snacks, savoury dishes from the sea and the land, and sweet desserts and mignardises.

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Exceptional Dutch produce at the heart of Tres

Tres has invited the best producers and growers to be part of a celebration of Dutch produce. The restaurant showcases the diverse ingredients that can be grown, harvested, fished, and foraged in this small but rich country, with a focus on creating dishes that are complex without being complicated.

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Reservations and dietary considerations

Reservations at Tres are made by purchasing a ticket that covers the costs of the menu, with guests able to choose from the wine and beverage list on the reserved evening. Please note that the restaurant may not be able to accommodate all types of allergies or dietary restrictions, and guests are encouraged to inform Tres of any concerns when reserving.

Directions to Tres Rotterdam

The Iron Lady - meat & vegan restaurant in Rotterdam

The Iron Lady - meat & vegan restaurant in Rotterdam

The Iron Lady in Rotterdam is a meat and vegan restaurant located on the Pannekoekstraat in Rotterdam. The restaurant, inspired by the original iron lady Margaret Thatcher, aims to serve exceptional, minimalistic dishes in a warm interior.
At the end of February 2020, The Iron Lady opened its doors in the Pannekoekstraat in Rotterdam. Everything here revolved around the 'flat iron steak': at that time relatively unknown in the Netherlands, yet highly coveted in the UK and the US. Since then, The Iron Lady has continued to innovate and expand its menu to include various vegan options. 

Comfort food

The creators of The Iron Lady say they have one mission: to serve the best steak in Rotterdam, affordable for everyone and without frills. They aim to deliver on this promise by offering a minimalist, affordable menu that focuses on doing a few things in the best possible way. Besides the signature dish - the Flat Iron Steak - guests at The Iron Lady can also enjoy a tender Bavette, steak sandwiches and (veggie) burgers as well as varied side dishes, dessert, cocktails, craft beers and wines.

Plant-based meat from a 3D-printer

In April 2022 The Iron Lady went on to become the first in Rotterdam to introduce 3D-printed plant-based meat. The 'Redefine Burger' - as the latest offering on the menu is called - is the result of a collaboration between The Iron Lady and the Israeli start-up Redefine Meat. The Redefine Burger is made up of soya, peas and chickpeas. According to The Iron Lady, the environmental impact of its 3D-printed meat is 95% lower than that of real meat. 
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Ode to the woman

The Iron Lady is an ode to strong, independent women. The inspiration for the new restaurant is Margaret Thatcher, also known as the Iron Lady. According to the owners, the atmosphere at The Iron Lady will be intimate, with warm tones, soft fabrics and round shapes. It is said to be a cross between a 1920s whisky bar and an English pub.
The Iron Lady will be open for lunch and dinner every day of the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, the kitchen will be open until midnight. The Iron Lady's grand opening is at the end of February 2020. Until then, check out their Instagram profile.

Location: The Iron Lady

Cannibale Royale - French brasserie with a touch of mystery

Cannibale Royale - French brasserie with a touch of mystery

Restaurant Cannibale Royale can best be described as a chic French brasserie with a touch of mystery. The restaurant is the sixth Cannibale Royale establishment in the Netherlands, and the first in Rotterdam. 

Rotterdam realness

The Rotterdam branch of Cannibale Royale is located on the Westblaak in the city centre. A place familiar to all Rotterdammers, as it is also home to one of the largest outdoor skate parks in Europe. In coming to Rotterdam, Cannibale Royale has tried to stay true to the essence and the unpolished character of the city. The interior of the restaurant, with wood and old mechanical objects used as decorations, has a raw feel to it. All this, fits in well with what Cannibale Royale stands for: realness.
Everyone is welcome in the restaurant, the atmosphere is approachable, the food is tasty and good vibes are guaranteed. The patrons here tend to be very diverse, from friends and families with kids, to skaters and businessmen. Everyone is welcome to be themselves and let loose. Especially with its Rotterdam location, Cannibale Royale wants to show that a raw atmosphere and a chic touch can go hand in hand, and they're pulling it off quite successfully.
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Late-night dining experience

At Cannibale Royale you can dine extensively seven days a week. However, the unique and truly awesome thing about the restaurant is that the kitchen is open until late 23:00. In other words, you can arrive at 22:30, order a proper meal with all the bells and whistles and enjoy the good service until midnight. Don't feel like going home afterwards? Then just stay put, because the restaurant has a permit to keep its doors open until late at night. 

Food at Cannibale Royale

Cannibale Royale serves fresh food with quality ingredients. The options range from grilled meats and vegetarian options to creative cocktails and local craft beer. Together with Kaapse Brouwers, Cannibale Royale has developed its own beer, Le Rouge, which is on tap here. For the true carnivores, there is the wide choice of, for example, a Le Modeste (300gr) Flat Iron Steak, Le Sympathique (200gr) Bavette or a Le Classique 180gr Burger.
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Vegetarian options at Cannibale Royale

Vegetarians are also catered to at Cannibale Royale. The most popular vegetarian course is the Le Possible Vega burger (120gr). It looks like the real deal, and my friend, who happens to be a vegetarian, tried it and said it tasted fantastic. 
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P.S. If you've got a sweet tooth, you won't be disappointed when it comes to dessert. The cheesecake is highly recommended.
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Cannibale Royale

Cannibale Royale is located at Westblaak 86 in Rotterdam's city centre. Visit the Cannibale Royale website for more information.

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