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Restaurant Daalder - review

By February 23, 2017 , ,

This isn't my first visit to Daalder, nor will it be my last. It's become one of my new favourite spots to eat in Amsterdam. Situated just off the tourist track in the Jordaan it is a cosy restaurant that gives nothing away. Simple, yet elegant design reminiscent of a Parisian bistro which adds to the ambience.

Daalder is no stranger to the scene in Amsterdam but late last year underwent a few personnel changes. One of those changes was the introduction of Dennis HuwaĆ« as Head chef and co-owner. Some of you may know Dennis from his previous role as head chef of the two Michelin Starred &SamhoudPlaces. He certainly brings that star element to his cooking here at Daalder. He's also worked at establishments such as the Fat Duck in the UK.

The menus are simple, you have a choice of 4, 5 or 6 courses or the surprise chefs menu which is seven courses. There is also a flight of wines by the glass to accompany the menu should you so wish. The prices are also very reasonable for each menu. The wine list is extensive and has a good range to offer for all budgets, excellently pieced together by maitre sommelier Tim Grashuis. 

Chef Dennis likes to keep things fresh and seasonal and his motto is only the best ingredients will do. To ensure he gets the best, he travels to Rungis market in Paris once a week to source some of his ingredients. That isn't to say he eschews Dutch produce, he also sources here as well, but it does have to be the best to make it on his menu.

Last, but not least is the service, discreet, unobtrusive, all staff being very helpful and friendly and you can see the enthusiasm they have for the menu and the dishes being served. We opted for the seven course chefs menu which began with a selection of amuses and also opted for the accompanying flight of wines. 

The amuses were mini corn tacos which had a wonderfully light crisp shell and fresh flavours and a tomato and basil dish with parmesan foam.

The first course was albacore tuna with papaya and puffed rice, just the right combination of flavours and textures. Sour and sweet notes of the papaya accenting the tuna and the rice proving a crisp texture. The tuna was full of flavour.

Second course was called the perfect egg, but I like to call it the egg that gets better every time I eat it as it is lovely dish. The creaminess of the egg yolk  with lime leaf providing a fragrant back note, sweetness of the prawn and earthiness of the bisque all working together well to provide an unctuous dish.

The next course was a delightful scallop dish playing with flavours such as jasmine, hazelnut, cauliflower and tarragon, the pea shoots were delicate and didn't overpower. Hazelnuts and scallop always work well together in a dish.

We followed with delicate gnocchi in a rich and wonderful onion jus and a creamy foam. It was rich and powerfully flavoured, one of my favourites.

Next up was lamb with seaweed, black garlic, horseradish and beetroot. The lamb just melted in your mouth and had wonderful flavour. If that dish couldn't be topped next was goose liver, paired with smoked eel, cucumber and caviar. It was a lovely play on sweet notes of the liver with smoky and salty elements of the eel and caviar.

To finish we had a light and refreshing rice dessert with green tea and green curry. The curry element not something you'd associate with dessert but the flavours worked really well. The tea provided just enough earthy back note.

The wine parings with the meal were outstanding, really couldn't fault them at all. My favourites were the Jura and South African chenin blanc.

All in all, an enjoyable meal and I look forward to going back again. 


Lindengracht 90
1015KK Amsterdam

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