We dined at Ron Blaauw many times over the years, started enjoying his style when still in Ouderkerk ,with no Michelin star pressure at that point,grew to 2 star there and then the move to Amsterdam.
We never actually enjoyed it anymore at the new location, it had no heart we felt and actually had two not so great experiences and decided that it was basically just over and done with and took our business elsewhere.
Then Ron decided to change his game about a year ago,still not triggered and It felt a bit weird that a restaurant owner hands back his ,at one point, "well deserved" Stars because you are fed up, although we do believe that the trend should be less complicated and more about straightforward, simple, enjoyable food. We decided to give it a try last october, went there on a thursday night , it was fully packed and quite noisy, we got bar seating although we made reservation a week before.The concept is that all dishes are 15 euro and some( actually quite a few) come with supplements.The structure of the menu is ok, you have cold and hot dishes and the portions may vary( not clearly stated).We started with some Oysters,The tartare of coquille and Lanqoustine, all very well prepared and presented and really fair portions,after digesting we went on for some meat dishes we did have to wait for a while before our next orders arrived though.. The Veal Pita ,(mainly filled with organ meat) is really outstanding,also the Wagyu was pretty good,the Carpaccio was somewhat disappointing,taste was lacking and the plate was not made up very well the last dish we choose was the King Crab,we got a complementary coffee and they apologized for the waiting.
Overall it was really a different experience compared with what it used to be( the highs and the lows), but refreshing, the brigade is pretty solid,although when it is busy they tend to miss a few things, so room for improvement, the wine selection is a little too straightforward and could be a little bit more exciting.Will definitely go back a try a lunch next time to see how they improved /taken it up a bit more!
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