Ron Gastrobars, Amsterdam, 7/7/18

entrance
entrance

Ron Gastrobars is a large place with one Michelin star.  There are several locations, all with different themes.  Here there was a large indoor dining room that was not being used as everyone was seated on the huge covered patio that looked out on a busy street.  Soft rock music played in the background and the small tables were set with salt and pepper grinders.  A very casual crowd was there, many as family units.  The menu offered a number of small dishes which they suggested you get several per person and split them.  We opted to order the Tomahawk beef chop for 2.  The problem we had was that they told us it would take 45 minutes to cook but it ended up being twice that long.  I wasn’t sure what the problem was but worried that it might have tainted my experience here – which did not leave me satisfied or anxious to ever return.  

building
building
patio
patio
table set up
table set up
doors from patio to interior
doors from patio to interiorl
Frankie and the salt and pepper grinders
Frankie and the salt and pepper grinders
menu cover
menu cover
about
about
other happenings
other happenings
saying
saying
menu 1
menu
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 4
menu 4
locations
locations
menu 5
menu 5

 

We started with a gin and tonic which was nicely made but fairly un-potent.  It did use Fever Tree tonic and the Bombay Sapphire but for 13.50 euros was a bit of a rip.  We chose wine for the rest of the wait and eventually the meal.

Frankie chilled with a cocktail
Frankie chilled with a cocktail
wine front
wine front
wine back
wine back
art
art
interior
interior
interior
interior
looking through to kitchen
looking through to the kitchen
Frankie found flowers
Frankie found flowers

 

They brought out bread with a caramelized onion butter topped with bacon and some pickled onions.  The pickled onions were tart and sweet and the bread was a nice crusty variety.  The crispy bits of bacon on the butter were really fun.

onions, butter and bread
onions, butter and bread
onions
onions
butter
butter
bread
bread
Frankie found a wall by the same artist
Frankie found a wall by the same artist

 

The meat was dry aged for several weeks and came with fries and sauce.  We ordered a side of brocolli.  When you ordered this the chef will come out to your table and show you the choice of cuts and you can pick the one you want.  The meat was properly cooked and nicely tender but not with an incredible beef taste.  It was a generous amount for 2.  Any of the meat selections come with bone marrow baked, fries from Frietboutique and bearnaise sauce.  The bone marrow came with herbs on the top and was best spread on the meat.  The fries were crisp and soft inside – very good.  The Bearnaise sauce was very good and nice on the meat and the fries.  Another sauce was served but no explanation was given, so we weren’t sure what it was for.  Our brocolli never came.

meat selection on the cart
meat selection on the cart
rib roast
Tomahawk Roodbont, dry aged 3 weeks
closer
closer
strip
meat
meat cut tableside
meat cut tableside
meat cut, here's the inside
meat cut, here’s the inside
Frankie pondered the foil on the cork
Frankie pondered the foil on the cork
meat fried and bone marrow
Tomahawk Roodbont (A cow from the province of Friesland, which produces less milk, but this makes him have more fat and protein.  Dry aged for 3 weeks) , Frietboutique fries, bone marrow
meat cooked
meat cooked
another angle
another angle
closer
closer
a hazard of eating outside
a hazard of eating outside
inside
inside
bone marrow
bone marrow
bone marrow
bone marrow
Frankie pointed out the named knife
Frankie pointed out the named knife
more art
more art
Frankie posed with some art
Frankie posed with some art
French fries
French fries
sauce
Bearnaise sauce
sauce
unknown sauce

 

We passed on dessert because we were tired of sitting there.

One thought on “Ron Gastrobars, Amsterdam, 7/7/18

  1. That is an awfully long time to wait! The food does loo good, but I would get tired, too! Great blog, sorry it did not live up to expectations!

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