If you are looking for somewhere no fuss to eat and watch Haarlem goes by, In Den Swarten Hondt is one of the local spots in town to do so. Located across the water from Haarlem city center, the outdoor terrace overlook the hustle of Spaarne River and the bustle on Melkbrug (Milk Bridge). You could sit right up against the canal railing and embrace Haarlem city atmosphere through out the day.On my last visit, I ordered the soup of the day (€5.50) and Bitterbal/Croquette (€7.50).
The mushroom soup, served in a retro mini metal pot, was ordinary but delightful. The crunchy four large Dutch ‘bitterballen’ (plural from of bitterbal) came resting on 2 slices of light toasted white bread including classic mustard sauce and fresh salad on the side. I had expected a more wholesome bread instead of such simple white wheat bread. Someone told me this is the tradition??
Fortunately, the bitterballen made up for it. The fried ragout-like balls were very crispy on the outside, soft and smooth with strands of meat on the inside. They were very scrumptious!
Overall, it was an enjoyable quiet lunch with a fantastic view.In my experience, the food at In Den Swarten Hondt has always been great. The service might be a little inconsistent at times but staffs are generally friendly.
If you are curious, click the link to check out their lunch menu. http://www.swartenhondt.nl/kaarten/lunchkaart.pdf
Address: Spaarne 37. 2011 CE Haarlem.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am till late 10/11pm