Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam

Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

In the Kitchen with
Hoofdstad
Brasserie

food | 17 February 2016

If you are thinking about becoming a food blogger in the Netherlands, now is definitely a good time to join. First of all, there’s a constantly evolving food scene in Amsterdam. If you visited the city five years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to find a lot of good and affordable restaurants. That has certainly changed.

Second, there’s an amazing food blogging community in place. When I started photographing and writing about food, I was one of the new kids and there weren’t many food bloggers yet. Today, there are more than a handful of food bloggers (and growing). And that has resulted in great initiatives organized by the food community to give food bloggers a better understanding of the food world.

For this event, we were invited to Hoofdstad Brasserie, one of the Hotel L’Europe’s restaurants run by Executive Chef Richard van Oostenbrugge. It’s becoming quite the trend for Michelin star chefs to start a more affordable restaurant in a more casual setting and this is Van Oostenbrugge’s interpretation of laid-back yet refined.

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Inside the kitchen of Hoofdstad Brasserie it was surprisingly peaceful. But then, my only knowledge about how kitchens are run comes from what I’ve seen on Top Chef, Master Chef and Master Chef: The Professionals. At every working station was a chef either preparing for dinner service or plating for our tasting (it’s not a food post if we can’t also sample the menu – I know, tough blogger life). Sous chef Alex Haupt was busy preparing our starters: a dish highlighting dutch shrimps, served with a crustacean cream and a fennel salad. Next, a beef tar tar with sour cream, served with a potato & celeriac crumble and topped off with grated foie gras. Then, cured cod with a dashi dressing and sesame. 

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

And then this beauty: a crab salad on toast served with a poached egg and caviar. Are we drooling yet?

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

The mains:

Poached salmon with a beetroot confit

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Beef steak with a carrot puree, goats yoghurt and oxtail sauce

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Crispy duck breast with a quince puree, cavolo nero and smoked chestnut.

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Chicken breast with truffle under the skin, cabbage, mushrooms and Albufera sauce

The finishing touches are added on the table to ensure the best serving. It also added a little theatricality.

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Then came the best part: the desserts. For the desserts, we were invited to take a look inside the dessert kitchen. We were led down a small corridor into the basement where a small but sizable kitchen was set up. Two of the dishes were prepared for us already: the cacao bean made with a Manjari chocolate mousse, served with a dark chocolate crumble. Next, the ‘mandarin’, a mandarin mousse (with a tangy filling!) served on a coffee cake. If there’s anything Van Oostenbrugge is known for, it’s his signature dessert dishes where fruits are being transformed into stunning desserts. I mean, ever seen his apple dish?

For the last dish, we walk over to the station where the (in)famous pêche melba is made. A chef places a tray of scoops of peach sorbet onto a foot. The white balls are shaped like a peach and are first spray painted with a yellow food coloring and then orange and red. Another signature! The sorbets are served resting on an almond paste.

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Hoofdstad Brasserie Amsterdam Hotel LEurope Oostenbrugge

Which one of Hoofdstad Brasserie‘s dishes would you like to try?

  • Oh wow, these dishes are like a work of art! Absolutely beautiful photos!

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  • Oh goodness those desserts. Couldn’t express how much I’m enjoying your photography lately 🙂

    Happy Wednesday Igrien!

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  • Michèle

    oh that looks so so delicious

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  • Violette

    Everything is so perfect and looks to be delicious! I’m not about becoming a food blogger but I have to go to Amsterdam!! Have a nice day x

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    • Thank you Violette! Yeah definitely come here haha! Have a great week ahead Violette!

  • Everything here just looks so perfect! Looks like such an amazing time!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  • Super delicious looking! Love the photos!

    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

  • The photos are stunning, and the food looks delicious too! x

    Eva Ann || http://evaannstyle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • rae

    These photos are absolutely beautiful (always love your work!) and it really does sound like now is such a great time for doing food blogging in Amsterdam! I would really like to take a trip to Amsterdam sometime soon to experience the city and do some food and travel blogging. It would actually be so great to meet up as well if you would be interested!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Thank you so much Rae!
      Yeah I’d love to meet up! Just let me know when you’re coming! I’m leaving for Asia mid-March. I hope we can meet before then!
      Have a great week ahead Rae! <3

      • rae

        Hey lady! I haven’t made any concrete plans yet! For how long will you be in Asia for?! We could also meet after in that case!

        • Yes let’s do that! I’ll be back mid April! Just let me know when you’ll be here and we’ll grab something to eat here :D!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    The photography is this post is absolutely beautiful & I am definitely a huge fan of it. All of the food looks scrumptious and I want dinner #2 right now, incorporating all of this food! xx adaatude.com

  • Diana Horsfall

    Food looks so yummy

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  • Your photos looks super tasty, Igrien!! Since I’m a vegetarian I can only eat the desserts from the dishes mentioned above, but they sound like the best part anyways 😉 . I think I could live on desserts, tee hee!
    XO,
    Izzy
    http://www.nearnoise.com

    • Thank you Izzy!
      Oh yeah I forgot that – I’ll try to find a vegetarian restaurant to review for you!
      As for the desserts, they were amazing! Especially the mandarin dessert with the tangy syrup in the middle. Alright I’m drooling all over myself now!
      Have a great week ahead Izzy!

  • All dishes look like little work of art! And yummy as well!

  • Detlef

    Looks like my son Alex Haupt, Aussie chef extrodinaire is looking hot. Love the look of the beef tartar especially.
    D

    • You must be so proud of your son, working with so many Michelin star chefs! Also, your son was quite the chick magnet that day 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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