Two Additional Michelin Stars for Amsterdam

michelin starThis week Michelin announced its stars for the Netherlands 2010. There were no less than eleven restaurants who received their first stars, two of them in Amsterdam.

Nothing changed at the top. Ciel Bleu and Ron Blaauw maintained their two stars while La Rive did not receive the second stars it had been rumored to receive. And there still is no three star restaurant in Amsterdam and surroundings.

Le Restaurant in de Pijp and Vinkeles in the Dylan Hotel on Keizersgracht joined the ranks of Amsterdam one Michelin star restaurants Aan de Poel, La Rive and Yamazato.

So in total Amsterdam now has seven Michelin star restaurants, most of them either part of hotels or located outside of the city. Le restaurant is the notable exception. It’s a fairly small restaurant that is run table d’hôtes style and located smack in the middle of party neighborhood De Pijp.

Taste of Okura – Culinary Workshops

TheAmsterdam Okura hotel, home of Michelin star restaurants Ciel Bleu and Yamazota is launching an exciting new concept for foodies. “Taste of Okura” is a series of workshops in Japanese, French and International cooking. The workshops will be held in a brand new kitchen and wine room.

The workshops take place in the evening or on the weekend. Price varies according to theme, from € 45 for a wine or sake tasting to € 130 for a Ciel Bleu inspired Michelin style cook off.

Sign up quickly as several of the workshops are already fully booked!

Praise for Amsterdam Restaurants

The end of the year is award time, also in food circles. The “Lekker Top 500 Restaurants” of the Netherlands magazine hit the shelves earlier this week and the “Bib Gourmand Benelux (Dutch)” will be available as of tomorrow.

Lekker ranks Dutch restaurants from 1 to 500, declaring a winner and a top 10. Amsterdam is home to eleven of the top 100, including Michelin stars Aan de Poel, Ciel Bleu, La Rive, Ron Blaauw and Yamazato. Up and coming Le Restaurant in Latin Quarter De Pijp is at number 99.

The Bib Gourmand Benelux, Michelin’s price for value list and breeding ground for future Michelin stars, lists 93 restaurants in the Netherlands of which 10 in Amsterdam.

No Amsterdam restaurant made both lists, with obviously the Michelin stars not eligible for the Bib Gourmand list. Also none of dutchgrub’s Best Amsterdam Restaurants made either list. They tend to be smaller and more personal with a less traditionally French menu that mixes different cuisines.

On November 23rd the Michelin stars for the Netherlands will be announced to round off the award period.

No Dining With the Stars…

Two weeks ago I wrote about “Dining With the Stars”, a restaurant week special for Michelin star restaurants only. As I suspected, getting a reservation is next to impossible. On 3 November, 1 day before the opening of reservations for the general public, all Amsterdam Michelin stars and all three star restaurants are fully booked.

michelin star restaurant week amsterdam fully booked

This foodie did manage to get a table for lunch at La Rive and is super excited about it! How did I manage to get a reservation? Don’t ask…

Lekker Top Ten Dutch Restaurants

lekker top 500 dutch restaurants guideLekker is a printed restaurant guide with an influential yearly top 500 restaurants of the Netherlands list. The 2010 edition will go on sale mid November, but apparently top 10 apparently has already leaked out (Dutch).

Long time favorites Oud Sluis in Sluis and De Librije in Zwolle are still numbers one and two.

And after not having been represented in the top 10 of the previous edition, Amsterdam is back. Michelin starred restaurant La Rive in the Amstelhotel has climbed 3 spots from number 11 to number 8!

26 Michelin Stars in Amsterdam on 6 and 7 November 2009

Amsterdam has seen a number of food festivals the last few weeks. In November, Stars, Food & Art will crank it up a few notches. 11 world-renowned chefs, worth a total of 26 Michelin stars, will cook their signature dishes for a gala diner at Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand.

The lineup includes top Dutch chefs Jonnie Boer of De Librije and Sergio Herman of Oud-Sluis, both three Michelin star restaurants.They will be joined by an impressive list of Michelin star chefs from France, Italy and Finland.

For € 650,= you can reserve a seat and enjoy six course of signature dishes including wine!