Upon entering restaurant Savage, a large tree instantly catches the eye as it stands tall between the tables. Savage offers a piece of the wild in the heart of Rotterdam, as guests are reconnected to nature through culinary creations. Sommelier Xander Rodrigues, who owns and runs Savage together with his wife Natalia, explains that nature is at the heart of their philosophy. Guests are brought closer to the natural world while enjoying a spectacular multi-course meal. “Today, we are practically forced to eat out of a package or a sachet. Our society is chained to the supermarkets and food has become nearly unrecognisable,” he says.