C Amsterdam

Restaurant C Amsterdam

Either I’ve been away for too long or I’ve been sleeping, but Amsterdam is slowly becoming a food hub in Europe. I feel like every time I’m back in Amsterdam, people are talking about a new hotspot that has opened in the city. Giving out recommendations to Londoners nowadays means handing out lists of my favorite restaurants to try. Amsterdam is, I proudly say, home to many good restaurants these days. 

And this restaurant is no exception. My last visit to Amsterdam brought me to Restaurant C, an initiative of chefs Michiel van der Eerde (trained at Hoefslag, Bokkedoorns, Oudsluis) and Arnout van der Kolk (former sous chef at Amsterdam’s two-Michelin starred Ciel Bleu). Javier, our host for the day, explained C‘s menu to us, a most peculiar concept.

Restaurant C Amsterdam

C Amsterdam

C Amsterdam Michiel van der Eerde Arnout van der Kolk

We start with a Japanese inspired dish of slow-cooked salmon teriyaki with wakame, enoki mushrooms, spring onions and vegetables. The structure of the sous vide salmon was incredibly soft and tender, unlike any salmon I’ve had. A stunning dish with sweet and textured contrasts we finished within seconds. The second dish was a pork belly with hoisin, curry, paksoi and crushed peanuts, a gorgeous soul food dish. The curry drops of this predominantly South-East Asian dish balanced off greatly against the tangy sweetness of the hoisin.

C‘s menu consists of dishes that are prepared between 0 and 200 degrees Celsius – hence C. Where a regular menu is divided into starters, mains and desserts, C‘s menu is differentiated into the 0 – 20 degrees group, 40 – 80, 100 and 200 (and desserts from -20 – 0), starting from cold and raw dishes, building up your way to hot and grilled (and then cold again).

It’s not just a gimmick though; at C it’s all about constructing the perfect dishes by playing with different temperatures and cooking methods and finding the right balance between contrasting textures and tastes. 

Sapje Amsterdam

C Amsterdam

C Amsterdam Michiel van der Eerde Arnout van der Kolk

We continue from with a lobster, resting majestically on a bed of gnocchi, a parmesan crisp and basil. This dish was a pure delight. Very rarely do you see gnocchi on menus in Amsterdam (or I’m not going to the right places perhaps). It is often mispronounced by Dutch people as well. I’ve heard gnotsjie, gnokkie, or, my favorite pronunciation, knokkie (I swear to god). This dish is light on the contrast side, rather ‘safe’ actually, but it’s a classic and you don’t need to change classics.

C Amsterdam Michiel van der Eerde Arnout van der Kolk

C Amsterdam

We end with a banana, coconut and toffee dish and a chocolate, coffee, macadamia and basil ice cream dish. The latter was a welcome surprise. The last time I had basil ice cream was at Gordon Ramsay’s a few years back. It was in a time when herb-infused ice cream flavors were all the rage. Innovative restaurants introduced the wildest flavors like basil, rosemary, mint, thyme and even shiso. In herbs you sometimes find the most amazing contrasts with sweets. It’s not for everyone, I agree.

The basil in this dish worked wonderfully with the chocolate mousse and macadamia bits, if only for the fond memories it brought back. It’s two tastes at odds but it made for an interesting combination.

The verdict? The buzz around town sometimes prove to be rather disappointing but that is not the case with C. This trending restaurant is what makes us foodies (and food photographers) go wild. We were all smiles after we finished and we were curious to see the rest of the menu. I guess we’ll have to save that for the next time!

C Amsterdam

 

  • The place looks so exquisite 🙂

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  • Your pictures are incredible, I feel like I was there! I’ve been to Amsterdam multiples times and the food was always fantastic, you’re making me miss Europe!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Thank you Colleen! I hope this post will get you back to Amsterdam soon haha! Thanks for stopping by Colleen! Have a great day today!

  • Fantastic photos, Igrien, and the food looks so delish! The combination of herbs with sweets is new to me, but sounds highly intriguing – must try! I love that artwork on wood, such an eye-catcher.
    XO,
    Izzy
    http://www.nearnoise.com

    • Thank you Izzy! I love it when chefs try new things and surprise you with innovative dishes! Definitely a must-try when you’re in Amsterdam!
      Thanks for stopping by Izzy! <3

  • No. I am not jealous at all! This place does look amazing! Great dishes and your photos are as per always amazing!
    Dora http://www.bangsbang.com

    • Haha, thanks Dora! I am happy with the way these photos turned out. Sometimes I have to shoot dinners at night and the lighting is so dark you almost can’t see the dishes. Thanks for stopping by Dora! <3

  • Becky Hughff

    This looks amazing!! That pudding <3

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

    • Thanks Becky! I was drooling all over the place when I was editing these photos haha!
      Thanks for stopping by Becky! Have a great day!

  • Marta Pozzan

    So incredibly pretty, almost don’t want to eat it lol

    http://www.itssuperfashion.com/2015/11/missoni-dress/

    • Haha, I had the same. It was so beautiful I almost couldn’t dig in.. Thanks for stopping by Marta! <3

  • the presentation on thee plates are amazing
    malinda
    http://www.malindaknowles.net

    • Thank you Malinda! I had the best time shooting these dishes. They were all presented beautifully! (and tasted good too)