I fly from a small airfield, Denham, in Northwest London. Because it is sandwiched between Luton and Heathrow airspace, it is always a challenge to gain altitude and join airways quickly. On the day of our trip to Parkheuvel, I was lucky. A friendly controller let me begin the climb within minutes of take off and we quickly reached 8,000 feet over North London. The view over the city was crystal clear. The flight to Rotterdam was over quickly and we taxied up to KLM’s smart private aviation terminal. A taxi was already waiting and we went from the plane to the car in under five minutes.
I had been looking forward to visiting Parkheuvel for a long time. It is one of just three restaurants in Holland to have three Michelin stars. Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t live up to the occasion or its reputation.
The food – lobster salad and sea bass for me – was well cooked. The location was charming: a modern building on the strand between a park and the river Maas. But Parkheuvel was badly let down by the service, which was slow and absent-minded. For example, the pre-starters were delivered without the cutlery to eat them and the coffees we ordered never appeared. We may have caught them on an off day as the place had changed hands a few weeks before our visit. However, if it wants to keep the three stars of a world-class restaurant, the new owner, Erik van Loo, will have to get a grip.
Tel. +31 (0)10 436 0766
Fax. +31 (0)10 43 67 140
Lunch & dinner
12.00-14.30 and 18.30-22.00
Closed on Sundays
Rotterdam (10km, 15 minutes by car)
- The Hague (Den Haag)