NOTE: In a real blow for Holborn, Gezellig has now closed.
Going Dutch is something most people do at the end of a meal.
This is a mistake.
One that’s quite aptly proven by Gezellig, which has flung its beautiful solid oak doors open recently on Holborn.
It neatly fills the culinary gap that seems to have inexplicably remained open between the rest-rich neighbouring areas of Covent Garden & Farringdon, and finally makes Holborn a worthy dining destination unto itself. Here, it occupies a Grade II listed space in Holborn Town Hall, which is highly impressive – the double height walls are filled to the ceiling with retro prints & pictures, and there’s a laid back mezzanine lounge dotted with studded leather seating.
Brief sidebar: the name Gezellig is a Dutch term that roughly translates to the warm of atmosphere and hospitality which, as they put it, “allows good times to happen”. And thanks to some first-rate service, there’s no obstacle to good times here whatsoever.
The food takes a slightly more expansive, modern European lilt, starting with the likes of meltingly tender pot-roast turnip with duck heats & sorrel; and some seared mackerel with aged beef fat & bone marrow. Going larger, there’s some herb crusted lamb cooked so tender it almost doesn’t seem possible, and some juicy roast duck with pistachios, apricot, and rainbow chard.
To drink, the mixologist at the cocktail bar will happily furnish you with one of their artichoke negronis (made with artichoke-infused gin – just go with it), or a Greek Pirate which balances rum with blackberries and walnut bitters. And that’s to go with the healthily curated wine list, and the Meantime they have on draught.
If you’re after a little Dutch courage.
NOTE: Gezellig has sadly now closed.
Gezellig | Holborn Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD
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