Restaurant De Kas, Amsterdam, 7/4/18

building
building

Restaurant De Kas was located in a park like setting.  The grounds are used for some of the gardens that supply the restaurant and you could watch folks planting while we ate.  More of their farms are located about 20 miles away.  There is a large interior dining room but the day we were there the weather was nice enough to allow use of outdoor tables.  At lunch they offered a tasting menu of 3 or 4 courses with an optional cheese platter.  A special that day was oysters which you could add on – priced per piece.  Wine pairings were available of 2, 3, or 4 glasses.   We chose the 4 course lunch and the wine pairings.  Service was friendly and helpful but the pacing of the meal was really slow.  

entrance
entrance
building
building
building
building
gardens
gardens
grounds
grounds
see through fence
see through fences
to the interior
to the interior
patio
patio
patio
patio
table set up
table set up
Frankie liked the view
Frankie liked the view
grounds, note bird nesting on top of tower
grounds, note bird nesting on top of tower
menu cover
menu cover
menu
menu

While making your menu choices they brought out tapioca crackers and a celery dip.  The crackers were puffy and crispy with a mild flavor; they seemed most about the texture.  The dip was a pretty color but also very mild, however it was a nice light snack to munch on while you decided/waited.

chip and dip
tapioca crackers and celery dip
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closer cracker
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closer dip

Sour dough bread slices were brought out in a paper bag, clipped shut.  They make their own bread from Dutch organic grains.  The dough is fermented slowly for 26 hours before it’s baked.  They vary the type of bread every day based on the grains they can get.  It was a moist and doughy bread but did not have a real crispy crust.  The wheat bits were very much in evidence.

bread presentation
bread presentation
bread
bread
another angle
another angle
bread
different bread
Frankie liked having salt and pepper grinders on the table
Frankie liked having salt and pepper grinders on the table

Baby turnips were in a picadilly sauce dusted with a crumble of cassava and poppy seeds.  The tender turnips were not hot at all and the crumbles gave the dish some nice texture, along with tasting good.  It was nice.

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Baby turnip with picadilly sauce
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closer
Frankie checked out the olive oil
Frankie checked out the olive oil

One more amuse was a purple potato with lovage leaves on a vadouvan sauce.  It tasted like potato curry and very yummy.

potaoto
purple potato with vadouvan sauce
closer
closer

Roasted eggplant was plated with fenugreek curry, radish, goat’s yogurt and lovage.  There was a papadum of chickpeas mixed in.  The roasted eggplant was almost caramelized on the edge.  It was not a pretty dish but it all worked flavor-wise.  A hint of spice and the various textures made it a good one.

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Frankie like the drawing
Frankie liked the wall paper

Potato gnocchi was plated with pesto, pine nuts, green beans, peas and basil vinaigrette.  The gnocchi were tender and the ground pinenuts in the pesto had a lot of flavor.  Some tasty basil leaves added to the mix as did the very fresh and tender peas and beans.  I picked up on something pickled in the mix, maybe capers that brought it down a bit.  This one was okay.

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Frankie checked out the awards

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Poached Oosterschelde lobster was served with courgette (zucchini), spinach, peanut and coconut bisque.  The bisque was really good and flavored well with lobster as well as coconut.  The peanuts added a bit of texture to the tasty, tender lobster.  This particular lobster is known for being sweeter than most and available only April to mid July.  It was excellent.
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Frankie stayed by the water
Frankie stayed by the water

Wild peach was the dessert, served with rose curd, almond and vanilla ice cream.  Red and white currants were also on the plate and the almonds were the source of some texture.  The ice cream had a good strong vanilla flavor but the peaches had only mild flavor.  This course took so long to come out they offered us a coffee on the house, which was a nice gesture.  They also were willing to top off the wine pours when the food was not out at the same time the wine was poured.

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Frankie looked at the gardens
Frankie looked at the gardens

Final treats were seeds that was a bar that reminded me of ‘rice krispies’ with white chocolate, a cookie with almonds and a caramel tart.  They were all good with a nice amount of sweetness and a ton of textures.

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another angle

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Frankie explored
Frankie explored

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