I received my Triangl bikini last week and the first thing I thought was – I
am never ever going to fit into this. Not with all the tastings I’ve been doing
these last couple of months. I have been avoiding the weighing scale expertly
and I refuse to exercise (it’s just no fun). It’s a miracle that somehow no one
has made a remark yet about any possible weight gain. It doesn’t matter
anyway. What matters is that we enjoy food. And enjoy I have. At this particular
restaurant, De Saffraan, in Amersfoort, I was reminded again how incredibly
simple yet unique a restaurant can be. The cuisine served was nothing short of
amazing. Curious to see what we had?
First things first: the restaurant is located on a renovated clipper. On
sunny days, guests are invited to eat on the deck, which was an absolute
thrill. Even though you’re not actually sailing, it does add a little magic to
the experience. We start with the restaurant’s signature drink: a sweet
pineapple cocktail with a hint of saffron (‘saffraan’). A lovely start of the
lunch. Accompanying the cocktail, was a box full of crisps, varying from
banana crisps to cheese crisps.
The cuisine served at De Saffraan is definitely modern with lovely twists here
and there. This first amuse was a deconstructed vegetable soup. How delightful!
The amuse was followed by a piccalilly ice cream cone (sour ice cream cones
are all the rage these days, and with reason) and a cilinder of onion and chives.
Lastly, we were served a red beet cube with goat cheese and quinoa.
We continue with a colourful tuna roll, paired with a variety of
seasonal vegetables, executed perfectly in different techniques. This
was a stunning dish. The lemon vinaigrette was light as ever and the
cucumber leaves, coriander cushions and tomato mousse made this a
beautiful, elegant starter.
The main was a veal sweetbread with seasonal vegetables on the side.
The vegetables were lined up in a gorgeous display, showing great
craftsmanship). The veal sweetbread was creamy and tender. Overall,
this was a pleasing dish.
Last but not least, a trio of desserts. A rum ice cream with a banana parfait,
chocolate mousse, chocolate crumb, mango roll, banana. A coffee cream with
toffee, camille and fruits. And a red fruit bowl with cream. These dishes were
the perfect finish to an already stunning meal. It’s no secret, I am a sweet tooth.
And these desserts had all the ingredients to win me over. The bitternes of the
chocolate crumb, the coffee cream, a floral hint, some fruits here and there. The
texture in the desserts was spot on (crumby, creamy, chewy).
(good food equals happy woman)
This is one of the few restaurants where we had a memorable experience.
There were familiar combinations at times, but then we were surprised
by contrasting flavours as well. The dishes were executed perfectly, with
refined techniques. As a photographer, I look for plates that look good (you
eat with your eyes first) and photograph good as well. The dishes presented
definitely had a great balance of colourful ingredients and textures and were
presented in a light and sophisticated manner. Our host was highly attentive
and pleasant to talk to (not too formal). All in all I am pleasantly surprised
by the outstanding service of Kars van Wechem, Monique Korteschiel and
their team at De Saffraan. Seeing the dishes presented to us perfectly, dish
after dish, was a joy to see. De Saffraan is winging it and I can’t wait for my
Tip: I’d recommend making reservations on a sunny day, so you can go and enjoy a lunch or dinner on deck!