When you see the crowd outside Simonis Fish Restaurant in Scheveningen Harbor, it is obvious that I am not alone in proclaiming it the Best of The Hague! The AD also awarded Simonis a 9.5 high score in their Haring Test, but it is not Haring that draws me to the harbor every weekend.
Simonis’ fresh fish market is open 7 days a week until 18.30 and has an amazing selection of fresh fish, oysters, lobster, sushi, and a variety of homemade specialties including bouillabaisse. If you are not sure what to make for dinner, you will be tempted by the assortment of marinated items ready for the grill or oven, depending on the weather. The skewers of marinated shrimps are always a crowd-pleaser!
The fish market is always busy, but the line of people out the door are no doubt waiting to eat at the Simonis restaurant. Our kids always beg and plead to eat there, but we only dine in occasionally. Simonis’ famous deep fried Kibbling, Lekkerbek, Calamari and Chinese Garnalen are too irresistible and while scrumptious, could be habit forming! My Mother always asks to go directly to Simonis upon arrival at Schiphol. She may be their biggest transatlantic fan? I just discovered that the restaurant opens at 9am, so perhaps on her next visit to The Hague, my mom can join the regulars who consume these deep fried treats for breakfast every morning?
The summer finds the place packed with beach goers and tourists and during the holidays, Simonis party platters are extremely popular. There are other locations in the City Center at the Markthof and the Boulevard at Scheveningen, but I recommend the original experience! Don’t be scared off by the crowds, this family owned business runs like a well oiled machine and service is fast, efficient and in most cases extremely friendly.