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Happieteria Utrecht 2016

If you’re looking for feel-good food, look no further than Happieteria. The pop-up restaurant will feed your soul, and tummy — because all of the proceeds from their hearty courses go straight to charity.

Run by volunteers
The temporary restaurant is run entirely by volunteers, but you wouldn’t know it by the look of the dishes. This year’s menu ranges from a burger to an Indonesian curry, and I can tell you both were delicious and beautifully presented. There’s a little bit for everyone — and the dinner and atmosphere cater to all parties. Families, dates, and friends flocked to Happieteria on Saturday night, and enjoyed their dishes over candle light.

Serving dinner twice a night
The pop-up restaurant is serving dinner twice a night until Wednesday, 24th of March. Over the weekend I took my fiance along with me to the 5 o’clock dinner where we were seated at a cozy table by the bar. We started out with drinks, but opted out of appetizers to save room for dessert. My curry was quite delicious, and was the perfect portion size — I enjoyed every bit of it until the last bite. Now, being American I like to think my fiance and I know a thing or two about burgers. Infact, we can be quite picky about them. But he assured by it was cooked to perfection, and I can tell you there wasn’t a crumb left on his plate!

Heavenly desert
Happieteria paces the meal so everyone eats at the same time. Since the dinner lasts about two hours you have ample time to enjoy each dish, indulge in more drinks, and carry on with your conversations. By the time we reached desert we were all too excited. All of the choices looked good, but we opted for the chocolate 
trio of homemade whipped cream truffles, mint-chocolate
fudge and chocolate ice cream with whipped cream. It was beautifully presented, yummy, and just the right way to end the evening.

Proceeds to Zoa project in Burundi
After indulging in such a meal, paying the bill can be a bit of a mood kill — but at Happieteria it’s quite the opposite. This year all the proceeds from the dinners go straight to the organization Zoa in Burundi, which is building wells and bring water to those in desperate need. So reserve your dinner spot at Happieteria if you’re in the mood for an all around feel-good meal.

Address: Eykmanlaan 72

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About Cate Misczuk

Cate is an American freelance writer, journalist, and video producer who calls Utrecht home. When she isn't editing English content for the Explore Utrecht blog you can find her around town snapping photos, or searching for the best cup of coffee. Cate moved to Utrecht never having visited the city, despite living in Amsterdam while studying abroad. Nonetheless, she quickly fell in love with Utrecht's laid back feel, and beautifully winding streets. You can read about her adventures as an expat and traveler on her blog Postcards From Cate, and follow along on Instagram for daily shots around Utrecht.

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