Dining in Amsterdam: 212* (2020)

I’ve been following chef Richard van Oostenbrugge since he started as the chef of Bord’eau in Hotel de l’Europe in Amsterdam. After gaining two Michelin stars, he started his own restaurant 212 and this is our second visit. 212 has been open for 2 years and now has one Michelin star. The restaurant is different from most other Michelin-starred restaurants as the seating is at a bar around the kitchen where you can see the dishes being finished. (The actual kitchen is downstairs.) We opted for the six course tasting menu (138 euros) with premium wine pairing (118 euros). The … Continue reading Dining in Amsterdam: 212* (2020)

Dining in Taiwan: RyuGin Taipei

RyuGin is the 3 Michelin star restaurant of chef Yamamoto in Tokyo. We had the pleasure to dine there in 2011 and it was one of the best and most memorable dining experiences we’ve ever had. So when I found out there is a branch of RyuGin in Taipei, I did not hesitate and booked a table right away for our trip to Taiwan. Please note that Michelin does not rate restaurants in Taiwan, but if they would this would certainly get at least two stars in my opinion, if not three. (You can book a table through the website. … Continue reading Dining in Taiwan: RyuGin Taipei

Dining in Amsterdam: Vermeer* (2017)

It was over 4 years ago that I last dined at Vermeer, the one Michelin star restaurant of chef Chris Naylor, located just across the street from Central Station in Amsterdam. As you can read here in the review of my previous visit, it was good then but not spectacular. I had recently heard good things about it, and when I read an interview with the maitre in which he explained they had upgraded the wine pairings to be able to serve wines at par with the food, I decided to check it out again. I’m glad that I did, … Continue reading Dining in Amsterdam: Vermeer* (2017)