I think my personal motto when it comes to food might be: ‘sharing is caring’. In restaurants, I have trouble deciding what to get because I like almost everything. So when I propose ‘swapsies’ (I eat half of my dish and then I share with my mates) my friends reluctantly agree. At restaurant de Kleine Parade I was more than happy to find out that this time I don’t need to share because the portions are tapas sized!
You’ll find de Kleine Parade right around the corner of Utrecht Central Station. Located in a small street called de Drieharingenstraat, a narrow alleyway crowded with other restaurants. The first thing that catches the eye is the big wall painting and their light bulb ceiling. Also; quirky details (like the monkey lamp) very tastefully mixed with fashionable stuff.
Still hard to choose
We take place close to the large window, with a view on the street; always nice to watch people pass by. The menu is being brought out to us after we sit down, but because of the many delicious options, it is still hard to choose. We ask the kind waitress what her favorites are and we decide on the Tuna with caramel, peanut and soy, Ravioli with pumpkin and sage, de Kleine Parade (a mix of small, surprise dishes) and the sweet potato fries. This is in line with what the restaurant recommends: 2-3 dishes per person. The Kleine Parade is filled with everything we like, think Coquilles (my favorite), Beef Tataki and soft Burrata with a little bit of pistachio and orange. Delicious! You can combine your food with wine but since it is a workday we decided on a soda. We finish our food fiesta with a Parade of desserts, think chocolate with salted peanut, cheesecake and chewy caramel and nut cubes. When my friend asks me what was I like best at the end of the evening, I can only answer with: everything!
- Small dishes, perfect to share!
- Not to standard combinations; Coquille with granny smith and avocado for example
- There is a very small outside terrace, with basically no sun. Not a problem when it’s cold outside but might be a little less interesting when it’s warm
More about De Kleine Parade
Location: Drieharingenstraat 2, 3511 BJ Utrecht
Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 5 pm till 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 4 pm till 10 pm.
Price: The prices for a small dish are between 7,5 and 11,75. You’ll need approximately 2-3 dishes.