Tuesday, January 7, 2014

De Kas @ Amsterdam


A memorably unique restaurant, set in an old greenhouse.


Natural light floods De Kas' eight-meter-high premises for lunch _ the best time to enjoy this outlet's offerings, which use regularly harvested organic produce from a vegetable nursery and herb garden outside the dining hall.


There's no a la carte menu in this oasis of calm; customers must eat from a fixed set that's determined by the chef based on what's fresh.


The chunky olives are remarkably juicy and bursting with flavor.


Chopped raw oysters and mackerel with beans, tomatoes and basil. Beautifully designed. A delicate-tasting recipe.


Stewed leek with sauteed chanterelles, morels & coulis of sweet pepper. Clean flavors.


Corn with vanilla butter and parsley. The best corn on the cob ever; wonderfully, naturally sweet, with a springy moistness that made us wish we could have much more of this. The vanilla butter was an addictive dip.


Sea bass with potato compote, endives and saffron beurre blanc.


Beetroot salad. If you like beetroot, you'll love this. A shining example of how fresh, thoughtfully grown produce can make for lively, lovely recipes.


Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial & Mas Comtal Merlot (2009).












De Kas,
Amsterdam.


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24 comments:

  1. Hi Sean, I love this kind of dining - where the chef chooses the freshest ingredients and serves it to you. Don't think we can ever get that in KL, at least not straight from the garden! The place looks really lovely too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, starting and maintaining a place like this would require quite a lot of effort. but you're right, it does deliver more satisfying food, especially when prepared very well. this place was gorgeous and fairly easily accessible; i wouldn't mind returning someday =)

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  2. I love the open and airy feeling here, Sean, and I agree with Baby Sumo...the best dining is where the chef chooses the freshest ingredients and serves it to you. The bass looks so good as well as the corn! The seats look comfortable and the views are very nice.

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    1. Linda: yeah, the ambiance here is so unique, i loved it =) and it did inspire me for awhile to try to find places that serve the freshest food possible =)

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  3. Love the foods. Love the ambience, Love your blogs ......
    Happy New Year to you !

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    1. “追食富迪”: thank you! glad you're enjoying this, and i hope you have a lovely 2014 =)

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  4. Nice, so clean and relaxing. Gotta try and cook that corn on the cob like that one of these days. My girl would love it, I'm sure.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, perfect for a leisurely lunch, can linger the entire afternoon :D good luck with trying the corn on the cob, i bet it'd be delicious =)

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  5. Housed within a green house... how cool is that? Hope Malaysians can learn that. I'm salivating by just looking at the raw oyster dish :8

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    1. Ken: yeah, really great idea :D that oyster combined with all those other ingredients was pretty outstanding =)

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  6. Beautiful dishes! Especially those oysters. You can feel the freshest from the photos. Yum.

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    1. Kelly: yeah, super gorgeous, super fresh and super delicious! :D

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  7. the amsterdam restaurant view really looks great!

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    1. Mr Lonely: ya, enjoyed taking photos here! :D

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  8. Wonderful! I'm sure it's possible here as well, though the farm would be situated out from the city. Something like the ampang place where the fish are caught from the river & cooked on the spot for u. :)

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    1. Rebecca: true, that's a good way of doing it! it'd be a lovely escapade, taking a short drive out of the city and enjoying a lunch out in an area we would otherwise rarely visit =)

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  9. Wow, this place look nice! I like the environment and the natural sunlight! :D

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    1. CK: ya, very pretty place! you could get a lot of great photos here! :D

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  10. Love the skewers for the corn. Very thoughtful!

    Lovely place with lots of natural lighting too.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, yeah, those thoughtful touches add an extra niceness. made it easier to eat the corn, definitely :D and ya, luckily this was a moderately sunny day, no rain! =)

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  11. I did dine there last year and I surely do share the same sentiments as you.. The food was so so fresh!!

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    1. Unknown: great to hear that they're consistently good here :D

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  12. a beautiful place to spend my lunch

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    1. Cquek: yeah, really ravishing!

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