Leiden is doing really well when it comes to opening new hotspots. This also means I have new places to discover. Last year I fell in love with the pop-up restaurant Paco Ciao, and now there’s a new hotspot in town, called Tabú. 💃🏻 Lotte and I wanted to see what Tabú was like. So we met up for lunch and in this blog post you’ll see and read what it was like and what my thoughts are!
Tabú | Rembrandtstraat 27, Leiden
You might have guessed it from the name of the restaurant, but Tabú is a Latin American restaurant. In Leiden we don’t have many restaurants like this, so I was really excited when I heard about Tabú. At Tabú you can have lunch, drinks, snacks and dinner. Look, I don’t drink alcohol but on their Instagram account I have seen the most stunning cocktails (which are btw freshly made in their own bar).
Looking at the interior of Tabú you definitely get the Latin vibes. Everything is so colorful! Entering Tabú first you’ll see a couple of booths facing the bar. Walking to the back it’s almost all glass, which faces the water (and their terrace). There are tons of plants everywhere and the tables are placed spacious around the downstairs. Sometimes tables are put so close together and (especially) when it’s busy, it’s more like you’re sitting at one large table than just with your company. I saw there was also an upstairs area, so of course I had to explore that as well. I love the decorative pieces they used and all of the earthy colors. Can I please have the dark green velvet chairs in my future house?
On the menu they have combined different dishes from all of the countries located in Latin America. Anything from ensaladas to tacos, quesadillas and more. Lotte and I both went for ‘bocadillos’, also known as sandwiches. Lotte went for the roasted chicken strips with mojo picón, avocado, little gem, black-eyed peas and a mango chutney and I went for the “pulled” celeriac, red onion pickles, little gem, chipotle pepper mayonnaise and crispy quinoa. I didn’t what to expect when I got mine, but I ended up really loving it. I don’t eat too much spicy food, but when I do, I really like it.
After finishing our sandwiches, we had to get something else… While looking through the menu, we both spotted churros. If there’s something you can wake me up for in the middle of the night, it would be warm churros. So of course Lotte and I shared the churros, which were SO good!
There will be definitely be a next time I will go to Tabú. Outside they have a pretty big terrace near the water, so that will be a great spot to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer day. Besides that, I just have to try the quesadillas as well. I love to make (and eat) quesadillas but I am kind of scared of the jalapeño peper haha. Anyways, if you are looking for a different place to have lunch, dinner, a snack or just a drink, you should really consider Tabú. You can find Tabú at Rembrandtstraat 27 in Leiden. Have you ever been to a hotspot like Tabú? Do you like Latin American food?