Fig Fun

So you missed your train? Good for you! Plenty of time to go to the back of Central Station and grab some fast food at one of the two Dutch branches of Exki. This Belgian chain of organic restaurants is all about local and natural (seasonal) ingredients and impresses with fresh sandwiches with raw ham and mozzarella, tasty (lentils/ pasta) salads, gorgeous fresh spring rolls and some pretty handsome pies. Check the raspberry clafoutis, say ‘hi’ to the chocolate pie, give a wink to the cheesecake with that absolutely fabulous famous Dutch cookie speculaas and indulge into a piece of that pie on your left: the one with plum, fig and pistachio. Dried figs are so-so, but fresh ones are ‘da bomb’. I love to pair these fleshy fruits with dates or creamy cheese – preferably goat cheese – and I adore them on top of this pie. Each one being mildly sweet, as succulent as the finest jam and pure ‘to the bone’. An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Boring! This pie will do.

Fig-plum pie, one piece, €3.60
De Ruijterkade 36, City Centre. Other Dutch branch: Turfmarkt 224, The Hague
+31 (0) 20 737 26 89
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-10pm


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