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.
Amsterdam, also known as ‘the Venice of the North’, is a vibrant and charming city popular with tourists from all over the world thanks to its myriad canals, historical buildings, colourful tulips and contemporary yet authentic vibe. And when you’re planning a visit to this ‘city built on water’, a room at The Dylan hotel, one of the most charming in the city centre, will definitely complete your stay. Tucked behind a historical façade right on the canals, The Dylan provides an exclusive gateway to uncover the hidden treasures of Amsterdam’s past and present. The hotel is recognised for its contemporary-meets-classic design and personal service, and is a beloved destination for those who appreciate quality and style.
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.
At the top floor of the Smolenskaya building in Moscow’s historical centre we find The White Rabbit restaurant. The White Rabbit Family’s flagship, with a total of twenty-five Russian restaurants by restaurateur Boris Zarkov and chef Vladimir Mukhin. As you step inside the glass dome the first thing that catches your eye is the spectacular 360° view over the city. The Alice in Wonderland themed interior also stands out: luxurious and playful boasting paintings of rabbits, colourful rococo furniture and plush sofas. You truly enter a different world. Even the elevator that leads to the restaurant is decorated accordingly and oozes a distinctive aroma. Follow chef Vladimir Mukhin on social media and you’ll see him posting videos of himself singing and philosophising from this elevator.
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.
The location of Werneckhof by Geisel restaurant in the Werneckstrasse, between Leopoldstrasse and the English Garden, is welcoming and idyllic. The vibrant and creative Schwabing district is loved by many locals, with its nice restaurants and bars, beautiful architecture and historical buildings, and lots of parks and green. It’s almost surreal to have such a tranquil area in a big German city like Munich.
Ciel Bleu Restaurant is the culinary flagship of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Awarded two Michelin stars – and certainly ambitious to get the third one – chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman treat their guests to a ‘guestronomic’ experience offering them only the best of the best culinary creations, presented in a refined, aesthetic and tasteful way. With the restaurant’s large windows offering a one of a kind view of the city of Amsterdam, its luxurious interior design and the attentive service every haute cuisine experience at Ciel Bleu ought to be a night to remember.
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.
Welcome to Ronda, homebase of chef Benito Gómez. This charming town in Andalucía is very popular amongst visitors. With its stunning landscapes, beautiful walking routes and monuments and top quality produce like wines, meats and olive oils, driving through the area is a real pleasure. Continue Reading
Bangkok is booming when it comes to fine dining. More and more top-notch restaurants pop up, and there’s definitely more than Thai food to discover in this cosmopolitan city. Take Sühring for example, the exciting project of the renowned German twin brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring, presenting gastronomic dishes inspired by their home country. With Thailand’s number one Gaggan’s closing in 2020 in mind, Sühring might be the restaurant to take the leading place in most culinary lists, like Asia’s 50 Best, Michelin and The Best Chef Awards. So we went to Bangkok to discover this unique hideaway where German comfort food is lifted to the highest level of gastronomic cooking.
Young, ambitious and adventurous… Jim Ophorst (or “Jimmy”, as most Asian people like to say) is a name to remember, as we expect this talented chef to achieve great things in the future. He has made the Thai island of Phuket a must visit stopover for foodies, establishing a truly unique dining concept, that just got awarded its first Michelin star. Chef Jim Ophorst is also one of the selected chefs for the 2019 The Best Chef Awards, so we paid him a visit to discover his cuisine and philosophy.
Year after year the uncontested number one in Belgian gastronomy. The only Belgian restaurant to hold three Michelin stars, receiving the highest quotation of 19,5/20 in the Gault&Millau guide and ranked number 20 on the list of The Best Chef Awards 2018. No doubt Peter Goossens is one of Belgium’s most respected chefs. He’s also the representative of the true Belgian cuisine in the most refined form and he embodies service with a capital S. But what makes him tick? How did he get at that top level of haute cuisine and how does he and his team manage to give the very best of themselves day after day? Intrigued and curious as we are, we arranged a trip to Hof van Cleve, the culinary temple representing Belgium’s finest.