Paco Roncero is not like any chef. Not only is he the star chef at his restaurant in Madrid, he’s also a judge in cooking reality TV shows Master Chef Colombia and Top Chef Spain. Besides that he has written several cookbooks and participated in various running competitions such as the NY marathon and a half Iron Man. But most importantly, you can expect spectacular dishes in all the restaurants that are managed by this top chef, especially in his beloved Paco Roncero Restaurant in Madrid. Avant-garde Spanish cuisine with classic techniques, influences from all around the world and local top-quality products make Paco Roncero’s dishes so special. To give you an idea of the amazing flavours, the chef shared the recipe of his interpretation of hake fish with crab and a Bilbaina sauce. Continue Reading
In the heart of Munich in Schwabing district you will find restaurant Werneckhof** by Geisel. The half German, half Japanese chef Tohru Nakamura serves you incredibly flavourful dishes from a modern cuisine with influences of German and Asian culinary culture. As there hasn’t been a great fried chicken concept in Munich, the chef saw an oppurtunity in the COVID-19 crisis and started a street food concept at the Schwabinger Wahrheit Hotel. It became a huge success. For those outside of Munich … Just try preparing Tohru’s recipe for the perfect comfort food: Miso Fried Chicken. Continue Reading
During World War II, the Thai government wanted to reduce the consumption of rice for economic reasons. Eating noodles was economic because with one bowl of rice, one can produce five bowls of noodles. As noodles were a Chinese product and not so popular among the local Thai people, the government modified a noodle stir-fry recipe by using more local ingredients and renamed it as ‘Phad Thai’, meaning the ‘Thai stir-fry’.
Young, ambitious and adventurous: chef Jim Ophorst – or ‘Jimmy’ as most Asian people like to say – is a name to remember. With his restaurant called PRU, he has made the Thai island of Phuket a must visit stopover for foodies, establishing a truly unique dining concept. The restaurant is situated in the beautiful Trisara Resort at the Andaman coast. The location seems to be a piece of heaven, boasting understated, yet refined luxury and top-notch service. At the heart of the resort, you’ll find PRU restaurant. The elegant, yet atmospheric design of the dining home immediately gets you in the right mood. Simple, stylish designs combining the local identity and international class, natural materials and beautiful atmospheric lightning set the tone.
Awarded the title of ‘Discovery of the year 2019’, a recent 14.5/20 in the Gault & Millau guide, and a first Michelin star, chef Kevin Lejeune is most definitely a rising star and exceptional talent. After several years working as a sous-chef at La Paix restaurant, run by the renowned chef David Martin, Kevin decided to make the leap to his own restaurant, La Canne en Ville, just outside of Brussels city centre. Craftsmanship is reflected here in a refined cuisine bursting with personal touches and on-point flavours. Connoisseurs and experts describe the cuisine of chef Kevin Lejeune and his young team as contemporary, innovative and subtle. Continue Reading
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to attend the very first edition of Chef’s Invitation, the brand-new project of former 3-star chef Gert De Mangeleer at restaurant L.E.S.S. Eatery in Bruges. Together with chefs Susumu Shimizu and Hiroyasu Kawate, Gert De Mangeleer and Ruige Vermeire created an exquisite menu that combined perfectly the cuisine and unique style of the four chefs. It became a great, culinary night out in the beautiful city of Bruges, boasting a well-balanced mixture of the Belgian and Japanese cuisine.
Jezus-Eik (Overijse), a small city south of Brussels, on the edge of the Sonian Forest, is the home of chef Alain Bianchin, one of the most well-known chefs in the area. Refinement, technical skill, passion and energy characterize his cooking style. He also likes to surprise guests with his eye for detail and a touch of showmanship. Connoisseurs and experts from all over the world find their way to Alain Bianchin’s restaurant and fall in love with his modern take on the gastronomic French-Belgian cuisine. Continue Reading
With the opening of L.E.S.S. Eatery and Bar Bulot, the former 3-star chef Gert De Mangeleer has shown that even after the closure of restaurant Hertog Jan, he remains full of passion, energy and innovative ideas. Recently, he introduced his brand-new project to the world: a culinary concept called ‘Chef’s Invitation’.
Having dinner at a restaurant located in an extraordinary location, is something that’s sought-after more and more in recent years. In 2014, restaurant RIJKS opened its doors in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – the Dutch national museum of arts and history that exhibits a collection of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and many other famous artists. Joris Bijdendijk has been the restaurant’s Executive Chef right from its inception, but he’s up to more than just being the chef of this beautiful restaurant. On the sidelines, Joris Bijdendijk introduced the “Low Food” movement and started a second restaurant named Wils. At RIJKS the chef and his young, emerging team get their inspiration from ingredients grown on Dutch soil, while also making use of the many international flavours that have influenced the Dutch cuisine across centuries. Awarded one Michelin star in 2017, RIJKS is not only worth a visit for its unique location, but also for its exquisite cuisine.
In the heart of Amsterdam, tucked away behind a historical façade right on the canals, you can find the luxury boutique hotel The Dylan and its restaurant Vinkeles, a destination unto itself. Awarded a Michelin star, its refined French cuisine offers an excellent blend of classic and contemporary styles. Set in a sunken dining room surrounded by the original wood ovens that once served as a bakery for the Old & Poor People’s Office, the restaurant offers an intimate and elegant setting combining the old world charm of authentic Amsterdam with the new, refined style of today. Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers and Chef de Cuisine Jurgen van der Zalm use only the freshest ingredients for their seasonal menu, which showcases their dedication to purity of flavour and presentation. Restaurant Vinkeles in three words? Exciting, modest and refined.
Brussels, the capital of Europe, is the hometown of restaurant La Truffe Noire of founder Luigi Ciciriello for already 31 years. This one-of-a-kind restaurant is unique in every sense of the word. The traditional and innovative cuisine of founder Luigi and his team takes black and white truffles to new heights through passionate cooking. At La Truffe Noire, they truly believe that truffles, the exceptional diamonds of the culinary world, need a first-class setting to make them stand out. Each of their original creations with this product is the expression of the passion that they like to share with their guests. In short, La Truffe Noire is a restaurant dedicated to elegance and refinement, and to the magic of this extraordinary ingredient.
Going for a three hour drive (one way) to taste the very best Italian food in the Benelux? Of course, we’re prepared to make that effort as chef Ilario Mosconi is one of the most renowned representatives of the true Italian cuisine. The chef feels strongly about authenticity, flavour and top quality products, and that’s something you can taste in every bite.
Located in the chic and hypermodern Hotel Arts in the vibrant and stylish marina in Barcelona, Enoteca Paco Pérez is one of the most beautiful places if you want to enjoy dining with an astonishing view on the water. Everything in this restaurant is about a top-notch service, elegance and mainly flavourful fine food.
At the most central location in the old city centre of Munich – just in front of the famous Glockenspiel am Rathhaus at the Marienplatz – you’ll find a brand new, ultramodern and super stylish hotel called BEYOND. It’s the latest addition to the impressive portfolio of the Geisel group – the renowned hospitality family that owns several top notch hotels, restaurants and bars in Munich – and it’s beyond all expectations.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam is situated in one of the most striking buildings in Amsterdam in the atypical and maybe not so well known neighbourhood of De Pijp, with its vibrant local and bohemian feel. The 5 star luxury hotel has everything international guests might dream of, including several (Michelin) restaurants, a unique top floor with amazing views of the city centre and even a pier as the perfect starting point to explore the charming canals of this picturesque city.