Amidst the concrete jungle of Amsterdam, restaurant Bolenius is shining like a pearl, unbeknownst to a great part of Amsterdam. The restaurant is owned by Luc Kusters (chef) and Xavier Giesen (host). The kitchen? I’d say classical French with a fun Dutch twist. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted with lots of light. The interior is designed by Pi de Bruijn, with unique furnishings by Joep Jacobs and Ruben Sannen. Large pieces of fabric are stretched against the ceiling, giving it a fresh, light and new vibe. The kitchen is an open one. The transparent climate makes you feel at ease, at home even. A great glass wine cellar wall stands in the restaurant, an eye-catcher. But these are details really. Because what you really come here for, is the food.
Amuse / garden vegetables
Amuse / Crispy sweet cone / beef sausage ball / onion ice cream
Amuse / Gnocchi / coffee dust / cheese
Langoustine / celeriac / cumin / red onion
Vegetables from the Zuidas
Scallops / cellery / algea / mushrooms
Artic cod / pancakes / bacon / kale
Monckfish / carrot / bay leaf / potato
Scandinavian cod / kale / onion
A couple of weeks ago, it was K’s mother’s birthday. And when he couldn’t find a restaurant to book, I suggested we go to Bolenius. After all, it had been a while and we did enjoy it. We made reservations that day, that morning. And after an hour or so, we were seated, starved and excited for our new try. We were not disappointed. I had been quite looking forward to my next try at the restaurant. I was curious to see their new dishes. The dishes I had were splendid in balance and showed the innovation I remembered from my previous visits. And what an attention to detail. The food is art to say the least. The thing I was most looking forward to – and I hoped they hadn’t changed it – was the cone of onion ice cream and sausage. The ones I was served in the past were so good I could go back for this amuse alone. It did not disappoint this time either. The gnocchi with coffee dust was a new surprise. The arctic cod with pancakes, bacon and kale may look least appealing compared to the other plates, but it was delicious and I couldn’t stop eating. So was the scallop dish. And the host, as always, was wonderful. And did I mention – they have their own kitchen garden at the Zuidas? Awesomeness x gazillion.
Bolenius / George Gershwinlaan 30 / 1082 MT Amsterdam
Bolenius Alliance / EUR 69
Bolenius Lunch / EUR 34,50
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