Here’s an original litmus test when next choosing a restaurant to eat at. Make a list of ten cooking ingredients you find induce actual physical nausea, then look at said restaurant’s menu, particularly if it’s of the oh-so popular, chef-driven limited choice variety, and see how many times they crop up. A score of anywhere from five to ten and it’s probably not going to float your culinary boat.
Amsterdam’s numerous eclectic neighbourhoods are more often than not overlooked in favour of the city’s more familiar tourist haunts. One such neighbourhood is Oost or east Amsterdam, once quite a shabby part of town but now hip and thriving. Oost’s parks are lovely green spaces and it is in the middle of one of these, in Frankendael Park, where we find the quite wonderful De Kas Restaurant.
Amsterdam is almost unique in hiding so many of its top restaurants within hotels. But exquisite canalside locations must be fully exploited, especially the loveliest of them, Prinsengracht, and are bound to inspire the kind of rarefied culinary experience Bluespoon delivers on the ground floor of the Andaz Amsterdam.
Den Bosch in Holland is most famous for native son Hieronymous, the mediaeval artist famous for his huge, often scandalous psychedelic paintings. However, now it’s also on the culinary map, thanks to local food hero Edwin Kats, who has made Noble the second Michelin-starred restaurant in Den Bosch.
I will say this right from the off. Sidney Schutte is a genius. Anyone who can deliver a 2 Michelin Star service from a tiny galley on a moving canal boat deserves every bit of credit there is. This is not to say of course, that Sidney is any less gifted in his kitchen at Librije’s Zusje his 2 Michelin star restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, because frankly that goes without saying.
Given that hotels find it hard enough to get every guest into their signature restaurant, it’s saying something that Librije’s Zusje has made the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam a dining, as well as sleeping, destination within less than a year of opening.