Twenty restaurants across the northern Netherlands were placed under additional scrutiny in 2017 by the Dutch food and goods inspectorate (NVWA) after inspectors found rotten food, mould, and vermin.
Translation by Thomas Ansell
Figures from 2017 have been released by the NVWA, and, as reported by Dagblad van het Noorden, Groningen and Drenthe’s restaurants in particular did not fare very well. In the province of Groningen, restaurants put under special supervision included such renowned establishments as ‘t Feithhuis, Indrapoera (in Winschoten), and Vesuvio (in Hoogezand).
The issues at ‘t Feithuis were attributed to construction of the new Groninger next door: the restaurant suffered from a large vermin infestation, but the restaurant says that the kitchen has been replaced and the building has been re-sealed to prevent any further problems.
Vesuvio’s fortunes took an even sharper turn for the worse due to a fire, and much of the restaurant is currently being completely re-built. Indrapoera said that following the inspection, they had put stronger regulations in place to ensure that the problems would not return.
In Drenthe, abnormalities during inspection were found in Restaurant Meppel, and the Chinese restaurant Specialiteiten van Drenthe (in Ubbena). Several Frisian restaurants were also found to be in contravention of certain rules, namely Wiid/De Buitenplaats (in Eernewoude), and the Leeuwarden Lounge. All reports have been made available by the NVWA.
The manager of the Specialiteiten Restaurant in Ubbena (Drenthe) says that he will personally be working in the kitchen and says that he is looking forward to the next inspection. Thanks to a new chef, new kitchen, and new management (but the same name), it is reported that It Wiid (Friesland) has taken firm action against all issues identified by the NVWA. Across the Netherlands, the NVWA put 485 businesses under special supervision in 2017.
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