Art, Fine Food & Wine

The city of The Hague has some world-class museums, but most certainly also some very fine ‘tables’. In this edition of The XPat Journal we bring two of each together. We invite you to pay a visit to one of these fine museums before or after lunch, or prior to a dinner – as, included in the menu price listed below, there is also an admission ticket.



One of Holland’s finest restaurants, Seinpost, is built on – more or less – the same spot where, in 1881, the Dutch painter Mesdag created his famous work, the Panorama Mesdag. This is Holland’s largest single painting, boasting a total length of 120 meters and a height of 14 meters. As it is a circular painting, you are not merely in front of it, but surrounded by it and can admire Scheveningen at the turn of the century. A visit to this, the oldest Panorama in the world, is a ‘must’ for all art lovers staying in The Hague.

Since his recent promotion, Gert-Jan runs the Michelin-star restaurant on a daily basis. He has attracted a young team and appointed the well-known Maître d’, Allard Sieburgh, to lead the service team with his vast experience in one and two-star restaurants. In this stylish restaurant, overlooking the coast of Scheveningen, there is now a choice of 250 wines – of which at least half are below € 50. Seinpost serves a two-course lunch menu for € 35, but there are also menus for € 49.50 (3 courses) € 59.50 (4 courses) and the prestige 6-course feast for € 69.50.

The à-la-carte list presents 7 starters and 6 main courses, all based on the ultimate fresh ingredients.

And then there is a menu for € 59.50 per person, including 1 entry ticket per guest for the Panorama Mesdag Museum.

Restaurant Seinpost                                                                                    Panorama Mesdag Museum                                                                                 



Bistroquet, just like Seinpost, is a Hague Classic. The restaurant is located in the city centre, on the Lange Voorhout – according to many, the most elegant square in Europe. The kitchen has been in the competent hands of Dimitri Heinrichs, and the Maître d’ is Jan LindeboomBistroquet specialises in more classic French cuisine.

This fine restaurant’s neighbour, furthermore, is a brilliant museum: the Museum Escher. It is housed in the former winter palace of Queen Emma. Here you can see the impressive oeuvre of Marius Escher (1898-1972). The art of Escher instills a sense of bewilderment and wonder, and fascinates young and old alike with his magical world.

Bistroquet serves a 3-course lunch or dinner (€ 44), which includes one admission ticket per guest for the Escher museum, located next door.

Restaurant Bistroquet                                                                                 Museum Escher in het Paleis


Nico McGough
2014 Winter

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