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“Moroccan cuisine with a Michelin star”
Review of Solo - CLOSED

Solo
Cuisines: Belgian, Dutch
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 25, 2011

This is a non-typical Michelin star restaurant. Located in the middle of a small town, in a non-descript building, it is a real gem. The interior decoration is relatively simple (brown tiles on the floor; visible measonry). The staff is very friendly and attentive. The food is truly excellent and very surprising. We believed it to be a mix of (non-traditional) French cuisine with Moroccan touches rather than purely Moroccan; it certainly is not Dutch/Belgian as some other reviews mentioned. The food is very sophisticated in terms of flavours and texture. Beautifully served. Of course there is a menu to choose from. However, they also have a 3 to 9 courses surprise menu by the chef, with an optional wine arrangement. We choose the 5 courses menu. It was really excellent and not too much. The accompanying wine was perfectly matching. Their sommelier did a very good job. They have an extensive wine list, with many less known houses on it, so difficult to judge, but given their choice of wine for the 5 courses menu, we had no doubt that these should also have been well chosen. There was a full house and you then need some time: to complete the dinner, it took approx. 4 hours (interesting challenge if you take a 9 course menu!). However, it was well worth it. Note: it is not really cheap, but also here the conclusion was that it was well worth it. Also worth the trip if you are staying in the wider area. You need a car though. Free parking in a nearby public garage, depending on the time of your visit (in the evening it is free). You really should reserve well in advance or be lucky. Don't go there without calling in advance.

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Reviewed June 28, 2010

What makes a restaurant, a star ... a cut ... above the rest?

Discerning travellers and diners will beg to differ in their discussions ...
Some would say it's the ambience; others would dispute it is in the service, whilst most would say ... "Why, it's in the food of course ... why else would one dine in a fine restaurant that has been given top ratings!"

At SOLO, however discerning you are ... however you wish to differ in your opinions ...you will leave the restaurant with nothing but Superlatives in All 3 areas: Ambience + Service + of course the FOOD!

Master Chef Mohammed is truly a genius in the way he successfully combines one-of-a-kind flavours of tropical fruits, flowers and seasonal fish / game / poultry so that the essence and flavours of each, beautifully explodes in one's mouth, yet never having one flavour overpowering the other ...

We have eaten many a 'fusion' meal both in Europe and in Asia - at times disappointing as most often than not, only one or two of its dishes are righfully blended; but at Solo, under the gifted hands of Mohammed and his passionately dedicated team of chefs, every dish that is attentively served by the waiters, only leaves the diner enthusiastically looking forward to his/her next dish that is to come.

I was wonderfully surprised and impressed, and so was my Dutch partner, when one of the waiting staff actually took the trouble of going to the back-of-house and "googling", an ingredient which he had mentioned (and which was on the menu), then returning to our table with a blackberry ... so that I could have a good look, on-line ... at the ingredient and capture its English name (as I do not speak Dutch). (If THAT isn't service with a difference! I don't know what is!)

To: MOHAMMED and his TEAM of DEDICATED Chefs and Waiting Staff --- You are truly a Restaurant and Team to be reckoned with!

The experience at Solo on the evening of 20 May 2010 - will always be engraved on our lips and hearts.


From Erik and Selina.

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Reviewed March 29, 2009

'Solo is the best restaurant in Gorinchem. They have a michelin star. The menu and amuses are original, very well prepared with a touch of Moroccan cuisine. If you come here more often the waiter remembers that you already had a dish and they change the menu. There's also a good selection of quality wines. This restaurant cannot be missed!!

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Reviewed December 3, 2014
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