The last time we were in Amsterdam was in November 2004, the high end dining scene then was not as rich and interesting as today.
This time we came to Amsterdam to discover a whole new generation of chefs who started to shake up the culinary scene in the Netherlands in general and Amsterdam in particular.
One of the chefs we wanted to discover was Egon Van Hoof whose restaurant MOS in Amsterdam has one star in the Michelin guide. We had selected MOS not only because of the sweeping view across the water but also for the tasting menu proposed by the chef.
After a long walk from the Central station to this new dock called U-Dock we crossed a beautiful bridge to reach MOS, where we were greeted by a young maître d’ that seated us on the second floor with a beautiful view across the river.
Egon Van Hoof himself came up from the kitchen to present the menu and dishes. We decided on the four-course menu for 60 euro with a supplement of 15 euro for 10 grams of caviar on our main dish: celeriac in “beurre noisette” roasted with lobster, chicken sauce and bonito.
Every single dish was masterfully cooked and presented. The ingredients were seasonal, the combination of flavors were greatly arranged. His cuisine was representative of the dutch culture: openness, diversity and multicultural.
The wine list was excellent: we started with a Premier Cru of Champagne Doyard and followed by an Italian white wine, a Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2018.
The service was professional, dynamic and efficient as it should be. We could have done with a bit more warmth - and smile - , though.
MOS is a perfect spot to dine out in Amsterdam because it successfully combines great food, great view with an informal and familial atmosphere.
Tel : +31 20 638 0866
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