Modern European Restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands: De Kas Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

De Kas
Restaurants and bars
Price: Expensive

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: 020 462 4562
Address: Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
Amsterdam, 1097
Country: Netherlands
Food Style: Modern European

Situated in a converted (extended?) glasshouse in a park on the edge of Amsterdam, De Kas has captured the imagination of locals and visitors alike. It has become one of THE places to dine when visiting this city.
The large and dramatic dining space is very inviting. Rendered concrete floors, large tables, fruit trees and dramatic light shades develop the ambience. The menu s set although you can choose vegetarian if you prefer. Five courses are then delivered using ingredients sourced either from the hothouse or from local suppliers. We were served a lovely triangular slice of aubergine terrine with goats cheese and red pepper coulis and asparagus tempura sitting vertically in a glass half-filled with a hollandaise sauce accompanied by some very fresh greens wrapped in serano ham. The tempura suffered from being swamped by the sauce and the slice of ham wrapping the greens needed to be paper thin rather than the fairly chewy thick slice we were served.
This was followed by a dish of monkfish with langoustines (accompanied by strongly flavoured sea ester greens) and then some very nice lamb with a very ordinary wedge of polenta. Dessert was a meringue of yoghurt with a red wine and rhubarb soup served separately.
Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience however the food did not quite match the expectations. It was good but lacked the sophistication we expected.
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