De Kas

Price guide: Expensive

Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Amsterdam, 1097 DE

Price guide: Expensive

Inside De Kas

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

I write for The Daily Telegraph, The .... Read more
#1 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Best for Gourmets - Expert review of De Kas

Gourmet dining with super-fresh local ingredients, in a greenhouse.

What a clever, complete concept! De Kas occupies a large, smart conversion of a 1920s greenhouse, in a park on the outskirts of the city. All the food served comes from the restaurant's adjacent greenhouses and gardens, the owner's farmland, and from local farmers and fishermen.

Food and drink: 

There's no menu whatsoever - the idea being you're offered whatever is fresh and in season - though the maître d' will check if you have any dislikes. Dinners kick off with three starters - on a recent meal, I had white and green asparagus, fried courgettes on a beetroot salad, and a guinea fowl and celery mousse. These dishes were outstanding, and the highlight of my meal: the chefs' creative ways with vegetables are really impressive. My main course (lobster with spinach) and pudding (lemon sorbet with an olive oil sponge, strawberries and rhubarb) were slightly overcomplicated, but that's being nit-picky.

Ambience: 

Smart - dress up a bit to fit in - though not in the least bit stuffy. The greenhouse is a beautiful structure, with views of the park and of the open kitchen providing the backdrops. Come early for an aperitif on the terrace by the herb garden (where you can have lunch in good weather in summer).

Service: 

Fantastic - with no menu, staff have to engage with diners, and they do so with charm and politeness. I noticed the head chef serving dishes when waiters and waitresses were overstretched - De Kas has that kind of passion.

Location: 

In Frankendael Park, a 20-minute ride from the city centre on Tram 9 (and well worth the effort to reach).

Price advice: 

Two-course lunches cost 37.5 euros; the fixed dinner menu costs 49.5 euros. 

More information on De Kas :

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, International
Address:
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Amsterdam, 1097 DE
Telephone:
020 462 45 62
Website:
http://www.restaurantdekas.nl
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sat 6.30pm-10pm. Sundays closed.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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