The kitchen team is headed by chef Ries Helsdingen: he knows Que Pasa inside out after almost 10 years at the helm. Restaurant Manager Patricia Vedder may be young, but she also knows what she’s doing. Her smile lights up the restaurant every evening. Her experience includes a stint in South Africa as well as at the Holiday Inn on Aruba, where she spent 10 months learning everything about running a restaurant. At Que Pasa both Ries and Patricia show off their creativity: Ries with the fresh produce with which he creates innovative dishes and Patricia with ideas about exciting happenings.
Let's talk about the menu. The appetizers listed are onion soup, tomato soup and bouillabaisse, a fish platter, a tapas platter and the chef’s surprise platter. But there is more to choose from: a lovely European salad, crispy frog legs, bacon-wrapped goat cheese, carpaccio, fried brie, ceviche, calamari, flatbread, a Caesar salad, escargots, a Cuban taco and spicy shrimp pil pil.
Of course Que Pasa is hoping to tempt you to try all its delectable main courses. Not in one seating, of course: no, you’ll have to come back many, many times. Just to give you an idea what to expect: you can choose the farmer’s schnitzel, the kangaroo tenderloin, the chicken cordon bleu, the skirt steak, the vegetarian truffle pasta, the mixed grill, the Caribbean grouper, the lasagna alla forno, the braised neck of lamb, the tuna pepper steak, the pork shank, the shrimp piña colada, the Peking duck or a tenderloin steak with additional sides such as pasta, rice, plantains, a side salad or mac ‘n cheese, veggies, the potato of the day, herb risotto or asparagus. A pitcher (or glass) of Sangria, made with red, white, sparkling wine or rosé will go terrifically well with everything listed above. The Sangria Deluxe should be tried to be believed.
And one should order one or two (!) of the desserts. Just let your mouth say what you desperately want: the omelette Siberienne (baked Alaska), the coconut vanilla cheesecake, the white chocolate Amaretto mousse, spekkoek, an Indonesian delicacy, chocolate lava cake or a cheese platter.
To top it all off there is coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, tea, Spanish, French, Italian or Irish Coffee. Or the Que Pasa Coffee, which is made with Dom Benedictine, Cointreau and whipped cream.
So, come in, say hello to everyone on the team and have fun. Because fun is what Que Pasa is all about!
September 13, 2018