Restaurant Bicken, located only a few steps away from beautiful Vondelpark, is one of my favourite Amsterdam restaurants and for good reasons. I always receive the most heartwarming welcome and the food is simply delicious. Their regular menu offers a wide variety of different tastes, but this month (May 2013) Bicken offers a special IENS-menu as well. The IENS-menu has fewer options to choose from but is even better value for money: only €24,50 for a three course meal, including a glass of prosecco.
I started with a steak tartare with horseradish creme, cucumber and smoked garlic. For the main dish, I decided to go with roast , veal cheek filled ravioli and a madeira sauce. Both dishes were fresh, flavoursome and clever. The complimentary warm bread, fresh from the oven, also tasted really good. However, my culinary highlight of the evening was without doubt the homemade white chocolate yoghurt cheesecake with caramel. It was simply divine and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a sweet tooth.
For those of you searching for a great culinary experience in a warm, home-like environment: Bicken is the place to be. But make sure to make reservations in advance, especially during the weekends.