The Dutchman speaks about to eat

There are so many great restaurants to find everywhere you go. And every month more than a dozen new restaurant open. There are Michelin star restaurants, trendy dining places and private dining options. Here are a few restaurants I personally visited and which I highly recommend.

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Ratatouille food and wine sparkles in Haarlem

Haarlem, November 2017… Located in a monumental warehouse with a nice terrace along the Spaarne River in Haarlem. A perfect match with the philosophy and passion of Chef Jozua Jaring. Decorated with 1 Michelin star but very accessible, no stuffy ambiance and overpriced food. The focus is on the ingredients and fresh products. They even…

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Culinary experience at Kaagman & Kortekaas

Amsterdam, April 2017…. After a few earlier attempts, I had the pleasure to finally try out this restaurant which has been the talk of the town since its opening. If you are into gastronomy in bistro style, this is the place to go. The open kitchen is the heart of this restaurant and you can…

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The West-Indisch Huis and wine bar Stuyvesant

Amsterdam, Februari 2017… To me, already for many years, the perfect private venue in Amsterdam is The West-Indisch Huis. A rich history, courtyard for pre-dinner drinks and multiple carefully decorated dining rooms. The Dutchman met with Merel de Weijer and Fleur Burggraaf for an update. You still feel the spirit of the 17th century Dutch…

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Mes Amis wine restaurant

Maastricht, December 2016… Voted as the most hospitable restaurant in Maastricht, which is an achievement given the high culinary level of restaurants here. The specialty and passion of host Annaline is wines made in Limburg (Dutch wines, yes they exist, the restaurant has over 20 different wineries they propose). We had a great dinner and…

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Restaurant C

Amsterdam, December 2016… One of my favorite restaurants with a really cool concept. The C stands for Celsius. Here it is all about the technique of creating tasty small dishes (perfect to share) prepared on different temperatures. I love the pleasant vibe with a choice of different places to sit (at the bar around the…

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L’ami Jac Utrecht

Utrecht, September 2016… Chef Jac Rijks created this “Bistro Robuste”, an intimate 20 seats French bistro style restaurant. A true find for honest food, perfectly prepared in a great ambiance. Within 5 minutes’ walk you will find the renovated charming Hamphire classic Malie Hotel. Utrecht will be showcasing the heritage of the Dutch style artists…

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Restaurant Choux

Amsterdam, December 2016… One of the many pop up restaurants in town but unique in its kind. At Choux, vegetables take the lead in the menu, fresh, creative in a way you have never tasted before. Order 3, 4 or 7 dishes from the monthly-changing menu from Chef Merijn van Berlo. The ingredients are organic…

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Restaurant The Lobby

Amsterdam, November 2016… Boutique Hotel V opened their first “The Lobby restaurant”, next to Dam square right in the center of Amsterdam, with cozy and local atmosphere. I loved to go there for lunch to enjoy their Flammkuchen (thin-crusted pizza dish from the Alsace region). Recently the second location was opened in the eastern part…

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Restaurant Mos

Amsterdam, January 2017… When this restaurant opened in 2015, it became a local favorite right away. I was impressed by the creative cuisine, the ambiance and excellent service. They even handled a corporate French group dinner to perfection. I am thrilled that chef Egon van Hoof and his team have now also been rewarded by…

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