Restaurantweek @ Morlang – Amsterdam

Tonight I went for dinner in Amsterdam with my mom, we visited restaurant Morlang and had a lovely dinner for my moms birthday.

The birthday girl

Moi

Bread served with some mustard mayonaise

Terrine of Pig, Wild Cabbage and Cornichons with Corn Cream, Red Beet-Apple Chutney and Corn Bread

Monkfish wrapped in Serranoham with Basil Pesto, Potato Chip and Cassoulet of Chorizo, Squid and Beans


Sticky Ginger & Molassescake with Apricot Marmalade and Cointreau Cream

Smulwebdiner @ Librije’s Zusje

Quite a while ago, on November 18th 2009 to be exact, my mom and I enjoyed a lovely posh dinner at Librije’s Zusje here in Zwolle. Librije’s Zusje is a Michelin awarded top restaurant that is situated it in the unusual setting of a renovated 18th-century women’s prison, this building also accommodates a hotel, a cosy wine bar in the cellar and a courtyard terrace where guests can enjoy a drink.

 The evening started on the courtyard terrace with a glass Prosecco and some ‘Mondvermaakjes’, literally translated this means ‘Mouthentertainments’. We were then taken on a tour through the renovated 18th-century women’s prison, and were shown some beautiful hotelrooms and a suite situated in on, two or three former prison cells, we also visited the wine bar in the cellar and the kitchen where all the kitchen staff was busy preparing for our exquisite dinner.

The courtyard terrace

Sauerkraut with spicy pineapple

Lolly of duck liver and red beet

 Crunchy pasta with tomato and aged cheese

Other ‘Mouthentertainment’ served, but not pictured were:
Macaron of coffee and red pepper
Red cabbage with appel and potato

A look into the kitchen

and a sneakpeek to dinner

After the grand tour we were escorted to our tables, my mom and I shared a table with a couturier and friend from Amsterdam, an older couple of whom the husband (now retired) used to work for Shell and lived all over the world, and a younger couple (she was French, he was Dutch) that met while working at Club Med. As you can imagine the conversation was quite interesting.

One of the restaurantrooms

Our starter was Beef Tartare with Chives Mayonaise, Cucumber and Oyster, this was served with a Sauvignon Blanc from Menetou Salon (Loire, France)

We then went on to enjoy Red Mullet, Couscous with Shellfish, Cocos and Lemon Grass, this was served with a Silvaner from Rudolf May (Franken, Germany)
 The main course consisted of Corn-fed Duck from the Veluwe with Red Beet, Jerusalem Artichoke and a gravy of  Citrus Geranium, which was served with a Penoit Noir from Paul Cluver (Elegine, South-Africa)
 
 Dessert was a Lemon Tart with Pistacio and White Chocolate Ice Cream, served with a Spätlese from Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen (Riesling, Germany)
Overall I can say we truly enjoyed this evening of pampering, wining and dining!

>Zwolle Culinair

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It’s that time of year again: the end of October, which in Zwolle means: time for Zwolle Culinair (or in English: Culinary Zwolle). This is an event that’s been going on the last 5 years in one of the last weekends of October. Zwolle Culinair is held in an old church in downtown Zwolle, lots of (high) quality restaurants of Zwolle and area participate. The goal is to let people see and taste a presentation of dishes. Entrance is free and guests can have a seat in real miniature restaurants that also give a good impression of the atmosphere of the restaurant: so each restaraunts has different chairs, tables, etcetera. You buy plastic coins which you can use to pay for the dishes. Feel free to check out their website here (warning: it’s in Dutch!!) scroll down to see which dishes my friend and I tried…..
We started of by walking around the church and looking at all the different menus to figure out where we wanted to try a dish. Ou first stop was Xanders Bazaar. My friend tried the Atúm con molho de pimente (freshly cut tuna with a slightly spicy dip of creme fraiche), I picked Domates kebabifirindan (Tomato-beef-kebab from the oven). The tuna was extremely fresh and very nicely combined with the dip. The kebab looked so cute and was very tasty as well!

Freshly cut tuna with a slightly spicy dip of crème fraîche

Tomato-beef-kebab from the oven
Then we went to one of my favourite restaurants: Restaurant Poppe, this was combined with another restaurant owned by the same family: Pampus. We had some difficulties trying to figure out what exactly we wanted to eat there…. So many good things on the menu! My friend picked the goatcheese mousse with mangochtuney and a cheesecracker, I choose the deer with nuts and a vanilla sauce. My friend liked the goatcheese combo, although the aftertaste of the goatcheese was a bit too tart for her taste. My deer was perfect, the vanillasauce also tasted a bit like cloves and was accompanied by a mash with cantharells. To finish it off we both had the apple-beignets with icecream made with five spices: this combination was delicious! The icecream tastes of cinnamon, cardemom, ginger, cloves and mace, it was perfect!

Mousse of goatschees with mangochutney and cheesecracker

Deer with nuts and a vanilla sauce

Apple-beignets with icecream made with five spices

Our next stop was a mexican restaurant called La Cucaracha. My friend wanted to try the Bocadillo Americano (miniature hotdog of jalapeño-cornbread and chorizo) and I picked the Quessadilla (quessadilla filled with cilantro, crushed pepper and sheepcheese served on a mash of carrots).

Bocadillo Americano

Quessadilla

Then on to restaurant Binnen (binnen is Dutch for inside) where we both had Zwartgoud rolletjes (rolled-up carpaccio filled with parmesan) and the Chocolate surprise. The carpaccio was amazing, but surprisingly we both didn’t care much for the chocolate surprise… Afterwards the restaurant gave us a free sample of their chocolate lollipops: they were truffles. Yum!!

Rolled-up carpaccio filled with parmesan

Chocolate surprise

Chocolate lollipops

After that my friend was full and had enough, but I still had a little appetite so we stopped at a new restaurant, part of the new hotel Pillows. There I chose Muffin of white chocolate a caramel of fleur de sel. This looked amazing but somehow managed to dissapoint me deeply….
The structure of the muffin was way too dense and dry. At first it was sweet with a saly afterbite, but after a couple of bites the salty flavour started to ovewpower the rest of the muffin which made this a ‘yuck’ experience for me.

Muffin of white chocolate a caramel of fleur de sel

So after that unsatisfying muffin I needed to finish Zwolle Culinair with a nice but not too heavy dessert since I was already quite full, so I went back to the mexican restaurant La Cucaracha and ordered EnRico (Granité of orange, tequila and spices with cinnamonfoam).
This was exactly what I expected: nice light shavings of orange icecream. Delightfull!

Granité of orange, tequila and spices with cinnamonfoam

On our way out we passed the restaurant ‘t Pestengasthuys where we saw that they had something similar to a doggybag: a carboard box with a picture of their restaurant on it, filled with three tiny miniature dishes. Since we had exactly 4 coins left (the ammount needed for this box) we decided to take this along for my brother. The doggiebag, named PGHuysje, contained a spicy ‘Wolden’ sausage (Wolden is the area where the sausage comes from), preskop (pieces of skinny porkmeat in jelly with parsley, onion and pickles) and marjolaine tart with chocolate mascarpone.

PGHuysje

Spicy ‘Wolden’ sausage

Preskop

Marjolaine tart with chocolate mascarpone

The sausage doesn’t look very appetizing, but according to my brother it was very tasty.
He didn’t dare to try the preskop, but neither did his girlfriend, my friend or I.
His dog (a dachshund puppy of 11 weeks) did however like the smell of it!
The marjolaine tart was delicious!