Say what you will about the decor in the Lloyd Hotel – and I have – the food’s pretty damned good. And the menu’s pretty charming, offering options like “boiled vegetables”, “posh boiled vegetables” or “superposh boiled vegetables”.
I did get hung up in the “deep fried” section, however. There, below the cheese croquettes and the bitterballs (fried gravy, more or less): “balls of chef thor, three”.
Genevieve: He’s got three of them?
Me: Had. Who knows how many are left.
Genevieve: Please tell me we’re ordering that.
Me, to the waiter: The balls of Chef Thor, please.
Waiter: Of course. (pauses). That doesn’t sound very good does it?
Me: How do you say it in Dutch?
Waiter: Chef Thors Ballen
Genevieve: I don’t think that’s really any better.