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.
In the nice, not too crowded neighbourhood of the Jordaan near the canals – the famous waterways – in the city centre of Amsterdam, lies an elegant, vibrant restaurant called Daalder. And there’s more to this place than the allure of a hotspot; chef Dennis Huwaë.
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.
Dining at &moshik is an amazing experience, thanks to the innovative dishes, the delicate tastes and flavours and the amazing location and interior design. The personality of chef extraordinaire Moshik Roth is reflected in everything you see, feel and taste in the menu. A must-visit place when in Amsterdam!
To be honest, we must say there are a couple of restaurants that we really adore, places that are just so good, that you’re looking forward to your next visit from the minute the previous one has come to an end. And when a restaurant can meet those extremely high expectations, you know it’s simply top-notch. De Librije in Zwolle is definitely such a restaurant. The former women’s prison, has been turned into a culinary temple where it’s impossible to remain indifferent. The place arouses the heart and the senses instantly, what proves that high-end gastronomy is so much more than extremely tasty food. It’s about an overall experience, a journey, an adventure. Continue Reading
Today the collab between The Best Chef and Hungry for More brings us to chef Jarno Eggen of restaurant De Groene Lantaarn in The Netherlands. This top chef is famous for his classic cuisine (based on regional and seasonal produce), his passion and his profound knowledge of cooking techniques.
Chef Soenil Bahadoer definitely knows how to surprise and amaze the gastronomic world with his cultural melting pot of the classical French cuisine and spicy, exotic cooking. Although both styles might sound contradictory, the result is balanced and extremely tasty. But there’s one important condition to enjoy Soenil’s culinary art to the fullest: at his restaurant De Lindehof you need to open your mind and senses to experience something new and different. Soenil surely knows how to tickle the taste buds with his unique way of combining elements from Suriname, Asia and Europe in his dishes. Dining at restaurant De Lindehof is a truly fantastic journey around the culinary world, all put together in a harmonious gastronomic experience.
At just a stone’s throw from cosy Arnhem lies the beautiful Groot Warnsborn estate. A winding road takes you past forests and gardens and through an impressive driveway to a stately white building. The perfect place for a quiet, stylish dinner with the necessary class.
In the middle of cosy Utrecht lies a beautifully quiet oasis, a monumental building that houses a 5-star hotel and various culinary concepts. Let’s discover Restaurant Karel V in Utrecht.
From catholic orphanage for girls to pop stage with dorms for youngsters from far and wide. From shelter during World War II, to shelter for people from the Dam and Vondelpark to a trendy hotel today. An exceptional building requires a special destination, which has definitely been given to this monumental building from 1886 in which the Arena Hotel is now situated. All of this provides a rich history and unique atmosphere that you can immediately sense as soon as you enter.
Not even snow, ice and winter cold could stop us. Maastricht calling! Ready for a touch of culture, some shopping and a dose of Dutch cosiness. Our starting point for the weekend is the Kruisherenhotel, a very special place near the city centre where a 15th century monastery is the setting of a contemporary design hotel.
Great food at the hotel you are staying at, that is killing two birds with one stone. It feels a bit like home, no need to go out and you can leave your car where it is parked. Of course you don’t have to stay in the hotel to be able to enjoy the food.