Vesper, Noordwijk -- This was the restaurant in a hotel we stayed in at this beach resort, on the first nice weekend this year in the Netherlands, as everybody (including us) rushed out to the sea and the flowers. I had no expectations for the food, and was pleasantly shocked by how good it was. The standard Dutch hotel breakfast, from the cold buffet to the eggs/pancakes/waffles, was excellent (significantly better than at our [very nice] hotel in Amsterdam). Dinner was really good: they do some real cooking here, in a sort of French-inflected Dutch style. A very pleasant surprise.
Calla's, The Hague -- A Big Deal Michelin Two-Star on a very unprepossessing street in a hot neighborhood. They talk a lot about how "simple" their food is. Maybe "simple" for a Big Deal Michelin Two-Star. Ingredients are allowed to shine, though (and they are GOOOOOOD). The food is also in that French-inflected Dutch style, and is truly excellent. Service is like perfect: they've really mastered combining a modern "casual" style with total Michelin-starred attentiveness. And I have to mention the attractive crowd: very tony, casual, evidently local -- and obviously enjoying themselves immensely.
Wilhelminapark, Utrecht -- A restaurant in a building with a big thatched roof in a park. It was packed: obviously a local favorite. And while not approaching the high standards of a place like Calla's, it was a lot better than you'd think a restaurant in a park would be. It seemed evident on this trip that even simple food isn't that simple in the Netherlands (which was something of a surprise to me). This was all good stuff, Fancy Dutch you might call it.
Although we didn't eat there, I have to recommend Delft as a destination. It is like the small Dutch city of your dreams: gorgeous, welcoming. I wish we had stayed there.
Keeping it on-topic, we picked up some chocolate at a store called van der Burgh Chocolaad in Delft. I just had some. It is fantastic.