As enthusiast of fine dining, and with plans to savor the delights of NOMA in November, I found it fitting to curate a list of esteemed restaurants in Amsterdam that proudly bear the Michelin star.
Nestled within the picturesque streets of Amsterdam, a culinary renaissance awaits in the form of Michelin-star restaurants.
These establishments are the epitome of gastronomic excellence, meticulously crafting experiences that tantalize both the palate and the senses. With innovative chefs pushing boundaries and creating culinary masterpieces, Amsterdam’s Michelin star restaurants offer a symphony of flavors, textures, and presentations that redefine dining as an art form. From intimate bistros to elegant dining rooms, each restaurant showcases a unique interpretation of world-class cuisine, inviting you to embark on a journey through the finest tastes Amsterdam has to offer.
Behind the Scenes at Coulisse
The NewWerktheater in Amsterdam-Oost once served as a cozy haven for those seeking to pair their cup of coffee with the gentle hum of their laptops. Its most striking feature? Undoubtedly, it is aesthetics. This allure didn’t escape the notice of Chef Tim van der Molen, who honed his skills at Vuurtoreneiland and returned from a stint in Copenhagen (where he contributed his talents to restaurant Noma), and Maître Simon Witmaar, a protégé of Sergio Herman from the renowned Oud Sluis. Together, they compose the freshest gem in Amsterdam’s fine dining crown.
Coulisse’s menu boasts a plethora of local treasures, showcasing seasonal vegetables, North Sea fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. The meticulously crafted vinaigrettes, sauces, and broths elevate the dishes to a level worthy of praise. To round off the experience, an array of wines, homemade kombuchas, and juices are harmoniously balanced accompaniments.
MOS: A Hidden Gem Beneath the Gleaming Palace of Justice
Undoubtedly deserving of its Michelin star, MOS restaurant has left an indelible mark on our culinary sensibilities.
From a distance, one might not suspect the presence of a restaurant tucked away beneath the polished facade of the Palace of Justice, just a stone’s throw from the Central Station. Yet, it is—a quintessential treasure of Amsterdam’s dining scene. MOS’ interior boasts an inviting ambiance adorned with elegant accents, all while exuding an air of unpretentious comfort. The staff spares no effort in ensuring that your evening is not just a meal, but an experience to be savored.
For those who take their seats before six o’clock, the rewards are twofold: a tantalizing menu, a picturesque setting adorned with gently passing boats, and the grand spectacle of a sunset over the IJ River. Truly, MOS is an embodiment of Amsterdam’s finest dining, nestled amidst unexpected splendor.
RON GASTROBAR: Where Culinary Familiarity Meets Unpretentious Excellence
It’s nearly impossible not to be acquainted with the illustrious Ron Gastrobar establishments; each visit is delightful. In a world where extravagance often vies for attention, these restaurants embody relaxed and gourmet enjoyment – a sentiment echoed by Ron Blaauw himself.
Ron Blaauw achieved something remarkable: he traded his two-starred restaurant for a fresh concept, aptly named Ron’s Gastrobar. The result? A subtle, approachable culinary haven delivers commendable-quality dishes at reasonable prices. This transformation did not go unnoticed; their efforts were rewarded with a Michelin star.
RON GASTROBAR is where the unassuming meets the exceptional, offering a dining experience that resonates with sophistication and an inviting atmosphere.
WILS: Where Culinary Excellence Meets Relaxed Affordability
Imagine this: You’re longing for an exceptional dining experience, yet you seek an environment that doesn’t stiffen the joy while keeping it affordable. Where in Amsterdam should you head? Let me introduce you to Restaurant Wils, the brainchild of acclaimed chef Joris Bijdendijk.
Nestled within this culinary haven, Joris and his team work their magic in an open kitchen, harnessing the power of wood fire. The open flames give birth to various small dishes, each boasting surprising compositions and unique flavors. All of this is enveloped in an atmosphere that exudes warmth and an unparalleled view over Amsterdam-Zuid.
Notably, Rijks, another culinary gem, is also the creation of the same chef, and it bears the hallmark of excellence and a coveted Michelin star.
WILS is where passion for food meets a relaxed ambiance, offering dishes that are a treat for both the palate and the soul.
De Juwelier: Where Culinary Craftsmanship Sparkles
Within this culinary gem, a feast for both lunch and dinner awaits. Renowned chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot (ah, familiar names!) orchestrate a symphony of delightful dishes that grace your table. These aren’t just any chefs, mind you.
The menu may not be vast, showcasing three starters, three intermediate courses, and four main courses, but each item it features is more than exceptional. Picture this: a grilled turbot paired with wild mushrooms and duck liver, harmoniously joined by a sauce vin jaune. Pardon our French, but the word “Nom!” comes to mind.
As you savor these culinary delights, remember to leave room for the Dutch cheeses accompanied by Joke’s jams or indulge in one of the three delectable desserts – think affogato or caramel ice cream adorned with smoked sea salt and olive oil.
De Juwelier is where the artistry of food takes center stage, an experience akin to discovering a hidden treasure trove of flavors and textures.