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“Excellent food in Amsterdam!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Utrechtsedwarstafel

Utrechtsedwarstafel
Utrechtsedwarsstraat 107, 1017 WD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Stadsdeel Zuid)
+31 20 625 4189
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Ranked #23 of 2,504 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $76 - $138
Cuisines: Italian, French, Organic, Dutch
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
Description: Within strolling distance from Theatre Carré there is the stage of Hans Verbeek and Igor Sens, the two culinary artists from restaurant Utrechtsedwarstafel. Their performance is a ballet of wine and food. Indulge yourself with the culinary compositions by Igor the Chef and the wines of Sommelier Hans. An adventurous evening awaits.The commercial concept of Utrechtsedwarstafel is straightforward and easily explained. Igor purchases the freshest produce of the season and subsequently composes fine delicate dishes for a multiple course menu. Just mention the number of courses you wish to eat.For every menu Hans creates the perfect wine arrangement. Every course is accompanied by the right match of wine. However, the arrangements vary with respect to the complexity and quality.The bare essence of Utrechtsedwarstafel is that every course is a fertile marriage of wine and food. Its fruits bear your palate a sheer joy.
Atlanta
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent food in Amsterdam!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

On a cold and rainy night in Amsterdam, my colleague and I booked the Restaurant de Utrechtedwarstafel, quite by chance as our first two restaurant choices were fully booked. Lucky thing for us! This place was fantastic.

The restaurant is a small, neatly decorated space which seats maybe 30 people at most, with candle light added a charming ambience. The proprietors are Hans and Igor; Hans handles the dining room and wines while Igor prepares and presents the food course by course. There is no written menu; the cuisine for the evening is prepared spontaneously based on Igor’s selection of fresh ingredients and by what strikes his genius that particular day. The guest makes a selection of 3, 4, or 5 courses, and a wine pairing is offered with each course. We elected the 5 course menu with the wine pairings.

Igor also took note of my colleague’s gluten-intolerance and adjusted his offerings to her accordingly.

As we settled in and enjoyed a glass of champagne, we were welcomed with a rillette of duck as amuse bouche.

The starter was local shrimps from Texel with king crab, warmed in a vinaigrette of lime juice, tomato and green herbs, served on toast with confit Coeur de boeuf, tomato and avocado cream. Delicious. The wine paring was a 2011 Alois Lageder Lehen Sauvignon, a bright and light Italian white.

The second course was grilled brill with wild spinach, puree of potato cooked in a home smoked mackerel stock, finished with the mackerel, spring onions and olive oil sauce with saffron and fennel. Hans recommended the 2010 Dujac Morey St. Denis 1er Cru, a red Burgundy for the wine.

Next came a course of cage-caught wild duck. The duck breast was roasted on the carcass, and the legs were stewed with wine and vegetables, and roasted with mushrooms. Spectacular, especially taken with a 2008 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino, a hearty Italian red.


The fourth course was a delicate and delicious foie gras with fleur de sel, accompanied with a 2011 Kracher Cuvée Eiswein from Austria, which perfectly complimented the foie gras.

Finally for dessert, Igor prepared an amazing fig roasted in a fine pastry with honey and almond, a meringue shell filled with lemon cream and blueberries, and a sorbet of yogurt infused with verbena. This was accompanied by a delightful 2010 Capcanes Pansal del Calas Montsant from the Catalonia region of Spain.

We were completely impressed with the food, the service and also with the price. The 5 course offering with wine parings came to €125 per person. We will make it a point to return here on our next visit to Amsterdam.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HCMC
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great concept, taste and wine!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

It's in a nice part of Amsterdam, where you find this nice and cosy restaurant with set menu and excellent wine to accompany the choice the owners have made. No big menu's just mention what you like and don't like. At € 75 pp not cheap, but you really get what you are paying for!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent all round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you're in the mood for splashing out a bit of money this is one of the best choices in Amsterdam. Run by two business partners - one cooks and the other works the front of house. They take a couple of months off each year to travel around selecting wines, so you can be sure of a good selection. Just ask for the chefs menu with wine and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Food Good - Service could be improved”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We went here this friday. Had the four course meal and the top flight wine selection. The food was fresh and good, but since we were stuffed away in the corner in the back sideroom it was very hard to see the food. We waited over 50 minutes to have the first course served, while waiting we went outside to smoke, and then we were interupted and asked to return to the table. To our big surprise they had all ready served the first course without us being at the table. For trying to be a top restaurant and charging the prices they do, this is a big no no in my book. The fine wine was good but nothing that I had not seen before. Often we were forgotten, and had to sit with empty wine glasses. As we waited for our dessert for nearly 35 minutes, we were again rushed into our table but thank god they had not served the dessert with us not being there this time. We also felt that clearing the plates after each course took way too long. After dinner I brought these issues to the attention of Igor, but he only offered excuses and no solutions. Maybe they should hire some additional help or try to have less seats in the restaurant. The meal took over 3 1/2 hours and at times we felt we needed to get out of there. Not the pleasant and comfy atmosphere that was promised. That said the food was good and nicely presented, but my sole dish was undercooked, and the canard dish was actually very nice with the thinly slices was a good touch. We were not blown away with the dessert like other people. One sidenote, the aperitif is not included in the wine pairing and for two flutes of so so champagne you will be charged 25 euros. We might return if service can be improved and not stuffed in the backroom.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“To Be Experienced When in Amsterdam!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

First time in Amsterdam. Reviewed Trip Advisor for a restaurant that prepares locally grown food. Ultrechtsedwarstafel did not disappoint! We ordered the 5 course menu with the higher end wine pairings. The atmosphere was very inviting and relaxed. Hans and Igor explained each plate creation as well as the wine selection. The combination of food and beverage was superb. We could really see the passion of the owners in this restaurant. Highly recommend reservations as it is not a large restaurant and it was filled with very happy diners on a Saturday night in September.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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