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“A nice suprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bolenius

Bolenius
George Gershwinlaan 30, 1082 MT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+(31)20 40 444 11
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Ranked #44 of 2,435 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: French, Dutch
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
“A nice suprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

Surprisingly good for non central location, innovative and beautiful food

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Chicago
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118 reviews 118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Overall nice experience with a few misses.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

This is a difficult restaurant to assess; some items knocked it out of the park, some missed, but not for trying. First, some will not like the minimalist decor but I found it very nice. Service was excellent, but could have been a tad more personal and conversational. The food was fabulously presented, and very fussy, but missed on a few flavor pairings. We all had the Bolenius menu. Our host was really working to make everything right...I think an owner, but very serious about not screwing up. If he laughs a little will be perfect.

What we liked: Amuse bouche and various "treats" up til the end were all good and stunningly presented. Part of why they were good is they were "simpler" than the regular courses. The white asparagus mousse or whatever it was was great and added some Dutch authenticity. The Sardinian bread on the cut stone was very dramatic and a "wow" for a simple carb side. Looked very cool. The olive little breads needed some moisture to make them work. The little sweets tray at the end was a really nice classy touch and hit the spot. Beautiful.

Notice I'll get to the regular food last. We;'ll talk wine next. The sommelier was very sincere. we ordered wine pairings and put our trust in her hands. First, one of us ran out of wine before a course was finished...she graciously made sure we were refilled. The pours were "reasonable generous" overall, which is really just perfect. we started with a Riesling, a "no duh" wine but was very good. She liked the word "minerality"...but she was very engaging, tall, attractive, and Dutch so who's to complain. The wine was excellent. The middle pairings we thought missed; in part because one was a mackeral dish which just didn't work. The blush pinot was too tame. The dessert pairing, a sweetish chenin blanc was a home run; made both the wine and food taste better. Can I buy it in the States? Why did I not take some notes? By the way, was looking for the "Dutch" experience...no Genever cocktails? OK, I at least understand why it would upset the vibe in the restaurant.

On to the regular courses. My son, who is an accomplished chef, talks about other chefs who always go one ingredient too far. Clearly happening here. The proteins were cooked spot on...2 fish and a veal cheek. But the preparations may have been just one too many items fussy overall. By far, the veal cheek was the exceptional standout. The mackeral did not work...the condiment was very good, but we didn't like the fish (though cooked spot on) or how the favors went together. Others with more sophisticated palates may feel differently. the halibut (a personal favorite) needed a little more punch for my taste.

Overall: a great experience, had fun, spent too much, wasn't Joel Robochon but I "got" what they were trying to do. Kudos, because they weren't "going through the motions"; they really wanted to deliver a great culinary experience. But maybe tried too hard. This is by far the longest review I have ever written.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Too sophisticated for my tastes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

My wife and I ended up with a sum of Euros toward the end of our trip, so we were looking for a nicer restaurant to go to.

This place was real nice. Too nice. It's the kind of place with items that are tiny and put more emphasis on the presentation.

They had an option for a tasting that was 99 Euros per person. I didn't have that kind of cash to blow. There rest of the menu was very limited. There may have been 4 other options. The food that we had was OK, but certainly not a very large quantity.

It's hard to feel good about a dining experience when you spend 30+ Euros a person and leave hungry.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Zuid Scharwoude
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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Bolenius: outstanding restaurant in business environement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Since 18 months Luc Kusters and Xavier Giessen realize their culinary dream in Bolenius. Both have large experience is firstclass restaurants. Bolenius, in the middle of the Amsterdam Zuidas business area, is a stylish and contemporary, but yet very pleasant and warm place for a culinary experience of high level. Our company of 3 had the 4 course menu. After two exiting amuses both with exiting tasts, there was the mackerel with date. This course was accompanied by a surprising Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, Jasnières Prémice from Eric Nicolas. A-typic, very fruity with beautiful acids and a hint of sweetness. For us the wine-masterpiece of the lunch. Then we had the halibut with algae, an usual but interesting component of modern cooking. The highlight of the menu, if you can speak of this when all courses are of very high quality, was the main course: veal cheek on a ''painting'' of chicory and apple, cooked in a orange juice. On the top crunchy savouries. To complete the lunch we had an extraordinary dessert, with sweet, acid and bitter tastes. This restaurant most certainly deserves their first Michelin star that they will no doubt get before long.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Divine food with style and passion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

This is just round the corner from the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South where I was staying. Local colleagues took me there because it was convenient. In fact I would have travelled a distance to go there.

The decor is a bit minimalist, which may not be to everyone's taste, but wait for the food. Apart from the food you order, you get an excellent set of appetisers just to whet the appetite. The jugged hare I ordered as a main was just to die for. Quite superb. Simple presentation but done to perfection. After desert, the young chef brought round a selection of homemade sweets, all local styles. She was clearly enthusiastic about her work and talked about using old family recipes. You get simple, elegant food. This restaurant was pure pleasure.

If you are in the area, this is a must. If you are in the Crowne Plaza round the corner, don't waste your time with the hotel restaurant. It's well worth the very short walk.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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