… Well, in a couple of hours. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, Borrel is officially in business. We’ll be open from 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and, to honour our weekend afternoon origins, from 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays (for now Mondays and Tuesdays we’ll be closed … but that will be far more about prep and damage control than having days off!).

We couldn’t be more excited about finally having a permanent home to do what we’ve loved doing as a popup restaurant for the past three years. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, kind words and patience since we made our announcement just over two weeks ago. We’ve been flattered and overwhelmed by the tremendous response.

Thanks as well for all of the food suggestions you’ve made. We’ve noted down many of them and hope that we will be able to offer them in the coming months as specials! We do have a lot of ideas going ahead (including Indonesian foods and possibly brunch) but we want to start small and find our footing before we branch out.

Like many of you, I LOVE Dutch fries. Whether with mayo, curry ketchup (or both together with onions as patat speciaal!), pindasaus or as a kapsalon (those who know will understand!), I can’t get enough of fries in Holland. The reason for their omission right now is that our menu is going to be seasonal. For fall and winter we’re focusing on some more hearty Dutch fare. So there’s already quite a bit of potato being cooked up in the kitchen right now. In the spring and summer, we’ll be switching things up and promise that patat will be making an appearance. (To be honest, this gives us some time to perfect our recipe. Dutch frites aren’t just any ordinary fries and we want to do it right.) For those in need of a frites fix, I can’t say enough about the fries at Moo Frites in Kensington Market. Go check them out!

For drinks, we got our hands on some Bols young genever (a Dutch gin) and have put together a cocktail list courtesy of our friend and drinks expert Adam McDowell.  We’d love to be able to offer some more Dutch beers on tap. However, it’s tough getting their microbreweries into the province (stay tuned, we have one coming up). But also, there’s such incredible things going on with Ontario’s breweries, we felt it’s only appropriate to go local. For pilsner lovers, the Pitschfork Pilsner is an incredible beer that rivals any of the best Dutch brands. And we’re very excited to have Oast House Brewers’ Oost Indie Bier on tap. It’s a beer made in a style that was popular in the Netherlands in the early 1500s and it tastes delicious! We hope our rotating taps will have something for everyone. For the adamant Dutch beer lover, we have the iconic Grolsch flip-top bottles available.

We’re a small venue but we hope to be a space that extends the tradition of our popup events – where people can come together for a leisurely drink and a bite to eat in a place that embodies the idea of Dutch gezelligheid.

Hope to see you soon!

… And yes, as luck would have it, construction has started on our street on opening day!