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Restaurant 212 in Amsterdam

Rating: 93. Last year, at the end of August, news broke that chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot of restaurant Bord'eau (2 Michelin stars at the time), would leave Bord'eau by the end of the year to start their own kitchen counter restaurant in Amsterdam. Two weeks later, around my birthday, I had one final meal at Bordeau, a truly outstanding meal that was nothing short of three-st...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 02-03-2018


De Kas in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. De Kas has been a steady fixture on the Amsterdam dining scene for many years. Any visitor of the Dutch capital with an interest in food will probably have De Kas on their restaurant list; during both my recent meals there, the dining room counted many nationalities. One of the main attractions of the restaurant is its unique location in a vintage greenhouse which dates bake to 1926, with a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 14-02-2018


Restaurant Arles in Amsterdam

Rating: 85. Restaurant Arles ("Arles') is a neo-bistro situated in the De Pijp area in Amsterdam, and is owned by hospitality concept developer Ronald Huiskamp and Bob Hamersma, son of renowned Dutch wine writer Harold Hamersma. Huiskamp was recently also involved as concept developer/consultant in the (re)launch of The White Room at the Krasnapolsky Hotel (three-star chef Jacob Jan Boerma's se...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 06-04-2017


Bolenius in Amsterdam - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 90. You need to revisit and re-review this restaurant. That's what Xavier, my husband, suggested to me last September, when he returned from lunch with a business partner at Bolenius in Amsterdam. Apparently things had changed a lot since our last visits in 2012, when I found the experience at Bolenius underwhelming. Next thing you know, Bolenius was awarded a Michelin star in the ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 18-01-2017


Auberge Jean & Marie in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. Auberge Jean & Marie is new restaurant and wine bar in Amsterdam by Jan Grijpeere (Jean) and Marije Bremer (Marie), which opened its doors in the lively "De Pijp" area in Amsterdam this summer. Before opening their own, partly crowdfunded, restaurant. Jan and Marije worked at Amsterdam hotspots like winebar Vyne, Bistrot Neuf and Guts & Glory. (courtesy of Jean & Mar...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 27-10-2016


BAK restaurant in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. BAK is a pop-up turned brick-and-mortar restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the 'Het Veem' theatre, a former warehouse sitting on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam's 'Westelijk Havengebied' area. The restaurant is owned by three friends, Benny Blisto (chef), Alessandro da Fies (restaurant manager/sommelier) and Piet Sanders, and they have been operating from this perman...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 02-04-2016


Restaurant Sinne in Amsterdam - 1 Michelin star

Rating: 89. Situated on the busy Ceintuurbaan in the "De Pijp" area, Restaurant Sinne ("Sinne") is one of Amsterdam's fourteen Michelin starred restaurants (4 two-stars and 10 one-stars), and is owned by chef Alexander Ioannou and his wife Suzanne Sluijter. The couple opened the restaurant in October 2013 and thirteen months later, in November 2014 (2015 guide), Sinne was awarded ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-03-2016


Kaagman & Kortekaas in Amsterdam

Rating: 86. In september 2015 chef Giel Kaagman and sommelier Bram Kortekaas opened their eponymous bistro-style restaurant bang in the middle of the centre of Amsterdam, near De Nieuwe Kerk. The duo has gained experience in renowned restaurants in Amsterdam. Most recently they both worked at French restaurant Bordewijk and before the opening of the restaurant, Bram Kortekaas worked briefly at Rotisserie...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-02-2016


Restaurant Breda in Amsterdam

Rating: 91. Amsterdam is experiencing a restaurant boom. A couple of weeks ago Amsterdam's local newspaper Het Parool reported that the Amsterdam dining scene has grown by 27% in the past 5 years, and that the Dutch capital currently has now fewer than 4 new restaurant openings a week. As is inevitable with booms: There is the good and the bad, the great and the low and the just and the unjust (Al...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 22-01-2016


Mr Porter in Amsterdam

Rating: 80. You can get good steaks in Amsterdam these days, but the Dutch capital had never had a proper American style steakhouse. So, I was very pleased to hear that the W Hotel in Amsterdam would be opening a steakhouse called Mr Porter, on the top floor of the hotel. And the use of the words "steakhouse" and "chophouse" on their website was very promising, although the self-chosen qua...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 07-01-2016


Choux in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. Choux is a new venture by chef Merijn van Berlo and sommelier Figo van Onna, who have previously opened Repéré and Foyer, two successful pop-up restaurants in Amsterdam, in 2014. The restaurant opened its doors in May 2015 and has its abode in the Spring House, located on the south bank of the IJ river in Amsterdam. Where in London a new restaurant would get all the critics in, in th...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-11-2015


RIJKS restaurant at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. In April 2013 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam finally reopened, following a lengthy and difficult renovation. During the 10-year renovation period the museum used the so-called Philips wing to display part of their world-famous collection. Right after the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, the wing was closed for refurbishment. In November 2014 the Philips wing reopened as an exhibition space of the Rijks...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 14-12-2014


Bord'eau in Amsterdam - 2 Michelin stars (2014 review)

Rating: 94. Note: Chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot have left Bord'eau to start their own restaurant called 212, see my review here.  You were quick to pick up on this one. What do you mean? Well, the restaurant had been open for less than a year when you wrote in your October 2012 review: "Surely a Michelin star in next year's guide is a matter of course". True. And,...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 20-10-2014


Librije's Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Amsterdam

Rating: 94. The Herengracht in Amsterdam is probably the city's most expensive postal code. It is its Mayfair, its Upper Eastside, its 1st arrondissement, if you will. Of all the canals in Amsterdam (a Unesco World Heritage site since 2010), the Herengracht is the most prestigious. It was named in 1612 after the "Heeren Regeerders van de Stad Amsterdam" (the governors of the city of Amsterdam) a...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 06-05-2014


Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam - 2 Michelin stars (2014 review)

Rating: 92. With its location on the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam, Ciel Bleu still takes the lead when it comes to bright lights, big city views over Amsterdam. But where Ciel Bleu used to be the only two-star restaurant in the Dutch capital for years, Amsterdam now boasts three two-star restaurants, the newcomers in this category being Bord'eau at the l'Europe Hotel and &samhoud pla...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 20-03-2014


Le Petit Bistro at The Grand in Amsterdam - perhaps not?!

Rating: 83. The week of 10 - 16 March 2014 was a remarkable week in gastronomy. Michelin published the Main Cities of Europe guide 2014 and announced the future publication of a new Nordic guide. Michael Ellis commented on Noma and the third star (so far not forthcoming) and in the Anglo-Saxon world there was a lot of discussion about the web of interdependency weaved by bloggers, journalists, restaurants and...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 16-03-2014


Daalder in Amsterdam

Rating: 90. Note: Chefs Guillaume de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk left Daalder in December 2015 and have opened their own restaurant called Breda in Amsterdam. You can find my review of Restaurant Breda here. Restaurant Daalder is located in a former jazz café on the corner of the Lindengracht and the Eerste Goudsebloemdwarsstraat in in the historic Jordaan area of Amsterdam. But if you look at the ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 22-02-2014


&samhoud places, Amsterdam - 2 Michelin stars (2013 review)

Rating: 97. "Every opening I deal with wants to have a catchy name. There are three rules. Make sure it is not rude, people can spell it, and it is not in an obscure language." So says Maureen Mills, London restaurant PR person extraordinaire. Seems reasonable. And then they decide to call it &samhoud places. What? I know, don't ask. They? They are Salem Samhoud and Moshi...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 07-10-2013


Bridges at Sofitel The Grand in Amsterdam

Rating: 86. Bridges is the restaurant of one of the most prestigious hotels in Amsterdam, Sofitel The Grand on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal right in the city centre. The location of the hotel is steeped in history. Until Amsterdam became a protestant city in 1578, the Saint Cecilia convent was established here. For more than two centuries after this "Alteration of Amsterdam", the building, kn...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 25-08-2013


Ron Gastrobar in Amsterdam

Rating: 89. At the end of March 2013, two-star chef Ron Blaauw took the Dutch culinary world by surprise, when he announced he would be closing his two-star restaurant in the Dutch capital for a small refurbishment and relaunch it as Ron Gastrobar. The aim is to give diners a more relaxed, informal and affordable dining experience. Within a couple of days the restaurant was transformed and on Thursday 4 ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 23-04-2013


Bord'eau restaurant at Hotel de l'Europe in Amsterdam

Rating: 91. As we all know, Alfred Hitchcock was renowned for his cameo appearances in the films he directed. In his 1940 film "Foreign Correspondent", the Hotel de l'Europe in Amsterdam was used as a location and early on in the movie Hitchcock can be seen walking past the hotel, reading a newspaper. In a(nother) famous scene in the film, the (partially defective) lights on ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 20-10-2012


Bolenius in Amsterdam

Rating: 86. In 2010 Luc Kusters (head chef) and Xavier Giessen (maitre d'hotel and sommelier) opened Bolenius restaurant in Amsterdam. The restaurant is located in the business district called "Zuidas". They have their own vegetable garden which is literally situated among the office buildings. These days it's certainly not uncommon for a restaurant to be located in a bus...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 14-10-2012


&samhoud places in Amsterdam

Rating: 94. In January 2012 (Israel born) Dutch two-star chef Moshik Roth and entrepreneur Salem Samhoud announced that they would be opening a new restaurant with an up-scale dining concept called '&samhoud places' in the newly developed 'Oosterdokseiland' in Amsterdam later this year. After seven months and a € 700,000 investment &samhoud places has recently opened its doors....
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 18-09-2012


Ron Blaauw in Amsterdam: relocated and revisited

Rating: 94. Note: In April 2013 Ron Blaauw relaunched his restaurant as Ron Gastrobar, see my review here My last visit to Ron Blaauw restaurant had been on 21 February 2011. The lunch I had there was the last service at the old venue in Ouderkerk a/d Amstel (a delightful little village just a stone's throw from Amsterdam) before the restaurant moved to Amsterdam proper. It was in Ouderk...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 22-08-2012


Tunes restaurant at the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam

Rating: 88. Note: Tunes closed in 2014 and relaunched as Taiko by Schilo with Asian-inspired cuisine In December 2011 a new luxury and trendy hotel opened its doors in Amsterdam: the Conservatorium Hotel. The hotel is located bang in the middle of Amsterdam's Museumplein and the stunning 19th century building that houses the hotel, designed by the Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel, originally served as a ...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 25-05-2012


Ciel Bleu restaurant at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam

Rating: 92. The Okura Hotel in Amsterdam is a wonderful foodie destination. Over the years I have had many great lunches and dinners at their (ground floor) Japanese restaurant Yamazato (one Michelin star), one of 5 restaurants at the Okura hotel. A little while ago I had lunch at their more informal restaurant "Serre" which opened earlier this year. Serre restaurant serves simple but eleg...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 26-07-2011


Ron Blaauw restaurant - two Michelin stars in Amsterdam

Rating: 92. Note: In April 2013 Ron Blaauw relaunched his restaurant as Ron Gastrobar, see my review here A few weeks ago head-chef Ron Blaauw of the two Michelin starred Ron Blaauw restaurant in Ouderkerk a/d Amstel announced that the restaurant will be moving to Amsterdam shortly. With this move Amsterdam will get a desperately needed second two-star restaurant. This news made me decide I just had t...
Category: Restaurants - Subcategory The Netherlands - Amsterdam - 21-02-2011



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