Chef Moshik used to be the chef of restaurant ‘t Brouwerskolkje in Overveen, half an hour west of Amsterdam. He has recently moved to Amsterdam under a new name: &Samhoud Places and immediately received two stars from Michelin (the same as at Brouwerskolkje). We were curious and so went to pay a visit. We had the 7-course “Inspiration” degustation menu (EUR 159.50) with wine menu (EUR 65) and black truffle supplement (EUR 20). Photos made with my iPhone.
Venice is a calzone stuffed with duck tongue and taleggio cheese and served with mushrooms. It sounds more interesting than it tastes. The ‘heart’ with beetroot, herring caviar and white chocolate was very good.
The very good series of amuse bouche was a promising start to our meal: 9/10.
A ‘perfect egg’ with a spanish “Carabineros” prawn, 16-year old Lagavulin whisky and carrot. Very nice tastes and textures. It was paired with a Soave that already had quite strong bitter notes but became even more bitter with the dish. 9/10 for the dish, but only 8/10 including the wine pairing.
The sommelier seems to have a thing for wines with bitter notes, because also the second wine has quite a lot of them. It’s a silvaner from Franken in Germany and although it does have nice ripe white fruits, it doesn’t pair really well the pear that is served with the scallop sashimi with sesame seeds and sea buckthorn sauce. Although I love scallop, this dish doesn’t do much for me. 7/10
The hazelnut emulsion is great with the green cauliflower, that is a combination to remember. Unfortunately it overpowers the elegant taste of the sole and clashes with the bone-dry oaked chardonnay from Adelaide Hills. 7/10
We are not sure if we got the right wine served with this dish, because the waiter announced the regular dish with fruits and vegetables rather than our upgrade to a black truffle risotto. The pinot noir from Austria didn’t clash with the risotto, but wasn’t a good pairing either. The risotto itself was adequate and the quality of the black truffle was outstanding. It surprised me that even at a two-star restaurant (and in this case with three-star prices) it is apparently not possible to server a properly prepared risotto (i.e. stirred for 20 minutes). 8/10
The Anjou pigeon 50:50 is called that way because it is 50% pigeon breast and 50 other ingredients. We have seen dishes named after the number of ingredients at other restaurants before. The pigeon jus had good flavor and the pigeon was tender, but we’ve had better pigeon. I wasn’t crazy about the other 50 ingredients and the pairing with a syrah/grenache from the Languedoc didn’t really work. It was not a surprise that the wine had strong bitter notes. 8/10
The madeleines that were served with coffee were excellent, 10/10. Unfortunately in this case the iPhone picture turned out so bad I can’t use it here. The other sweets served with the coffee were also good.
We were a bit disappointed with &Samhoud Places. Nothing was really bad, but in a two-star restaurant I expect better. To be honest I felt this was a one-star experience with a three-star price tag. Dining at this level is to a large extent a matter of taste. I don’t really care for wines with strong bitter notes, and although all wines served were good, their bitterness definitely had a negative impact on my personal experience.
The service was good, 9/10. The food was good but not outstanding, 8/10. Wine pairings 7/10.