My wife and I had lunch on a Sunday. We were welcomed in a friendly, warm atmosphere, the tables had a reasonable distance between them, the table linen, cutlery and glasses were of a good quality, as you would expect in a Michelin-starred restaurant (but unfortunately not always found in NL). The kitchen is partly open and you can watch the young staff dispensing their last touch to the plates.
The menu was set (Restaurant week), but well balanced. After a cold amuse served on a stone (the originality of the plates was a surprising factor throughout the meal), we received a warm curried soup before we started with the terrine of deer with a pumpkin wrap and a fennel dressing. Very well balanced, with the deer asking for a sweet touch coming from the pumpkin. The dressing was not too intense, so that also the small leaves and crudités on the plate could develop their own taste.
The warm starter was then salmon fillet wrapped in parsley leaves and steamed. Next to it there was a crispy roll filled with crab. All in a sauce of "witlof". Excellent dish, living on the contrast between soft and crispy, the sauce linking the two.
The main course was a pigeon breast covered with a hazelnut brittle, whereby the breast, which was perfectly made (rare but not bloody), was lying on a bed of farce obtained with the remaining meat of the pigeon. The bird was flanked by a tiny square of polenta and by some winter vegetables. The sauce was refreshingly light. The rather firm texture of the breast matched well with the softer farce, whereby the hazelnuts added a crispy touch. Very nice!
The dessert was OK, in my opinion the weakest dish of the menu. The panna cotta was a little too firm (the chef could dare to use less gelatine), the apricots underneath were not really tasting like apricots. The honey-parfait was in order. The tarragon sabayon on top of all was interesting, although the tarragon taste was too delicate, present only when tasted on its own, but disappeared in combination with the other tastes.
We had a good bottle of Bourgogne veilles vignes which mathed to all the dishes quite well.
A very good Ristretto ended our very good lunching experience. The servica was attentive, present when needed, never pushy.
The price of 138€ for two was appropriate. We will for sure come again!
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