We ate on Friday 28th June - having flown from England for our wedding anniversary, specifically with the intention to visit this restaurant. With this in mind, we had very high expectations and hopes for the meal.
Danielle de Boer greeted us on arrival at which point we enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks. Hans van Wolde then came around to discuss his menu choices for the evening - a lovely touch to meet the owner/chef.
We chose the 10 course tasting menu with the sommelier recommended wine accompaniment. Before our first course we enjoyed a selection of amuse bouche - a delicate olive cake, a watermelon/tomato drink, a cucumber/yoghurt bite and a delicious dim-sum style dumpling. Not all these were to our own taste but they were exquisitely presented.
A further two course came before our starter! A wonderful creation of Limburg mushroom (presented 10 different ways) and a delicate basil/tomato creation - made interesting as my wife isn't a huge fan of savoury ice-cream but she really enjoyed these dishes, which both made use of savoury icecream/sorbet.
The 10 course were phenomenal. With polite and attentive young waiting staff, who were smartly dressed and who also spoke very good English, ensuring we knew what each course was. The paired wines were also exemplary. In retrospect, the 8 course meal would have been enough even for our greedy palates - the 10 course meal did become a bit of a struggle towards the end. I was also sozzled by the time we left - nearly a full 5 hours after arriving!! There are also some excellent show-piece/talking points that appear during the meal - adding real theatre to the evening.
We have been lucky enough to enjoy food in some really top restaurants but Beluga was quite simply one of the very best culinary experiences we have every had. It exceeded our expectiations and I would go so far to say it was probably the most enjoyable meal we have had to date.
The bill was expensive, but we felt we were given an evening that will be very hard to recreate, let alone beat.
We visited Maastricht only to visit this restaurant. We left very, very impressed. We will be recommending it to anyone who asks us for suggestions of somewhere good to eat. Thank you.