It’s a tough job eating so many delicious courses one after the other but, somebody’s got to do it!

Restaurant Het Bosch is perched on the banks of ‘De Nieuwe Meer’ in Amsterdam. The gorgeous location is the perfect setting for this modern, glass-encased restaurant. The light interior overlooks the water through large windows and if you manage to tear yourself away from the view, the immaculate, modern open kitchen is also exciting to watch as the chefs orchestrate a symphony of food.

Het Bosch was opened over 30 years ago by Ferry van Houten and remains in the family to this day. Ferry’s son, Danny, is now Maitre Sommelier, and it’s quite clear that he spent much of his youth working in the restaurant. His warm welcome, knowledge of wine and service were impeccable.

The extensive wine list is an exciting read in itself. What stood out is the number of wines available by the glass. More places should take note of this, in our opinion. We also liked the exclusive Château Mouton Rothschild wine list. The restaurant has invested in a range of their wines in limited quantity. If you have the budget, why not splash out.

We were treated to a 6-course menu, which has to be said, was a gastronomic journey from beginning to end. Our highlights from the menu were the tartar of Limousin beef, which was part of a trio of starters. It was served with an inspired sorbet made from cornichon pickling vinegar. When Bernadette scrapes her plate clean, you know you’re on to a winner!

The melt-in-the-mouth cod with Israeli couscous paella, octopus and olive jus danced on the palate with an array of sweet and salty flavours and textures. The veal sirloin as main was perfectly pink and tender as can be.

Dessert was an amarena cherry chocolate brownie, almond ice cream, refreshing red fruit soup and yoghurt sorbet.

Danny matched each course to perfection with an accompanying wine. That’s not an easy task. What we witnessed was a harmonious balance between kitchen and front of house, working together to complement each other and creating a perfect experience.

This is the place to bring someone you love or the most discerning diner – it’s that good! Our only tip; make sure you wear loose clothing because you won’t be leaving anything on your plates.

For more information please visit Het Bosch.

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